Dragon Animation Masterclass

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  • Mentor: Jonathan Symmonds
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Course time: 12 Weeks
  • Software: Autodesk Maya
  • Project files: Included
  • Course Cost: $1499 USD
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Course overview
Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a Dragon? This 12 week course course will take you through all the fundamentals you need to know to accomplish the infamous challenge of animating a dragon in all it's glory. The only one of it's kind online!

Jonathan Symmonds, your instructor, former lead animator of the Game of Thrones and House of Dragons, will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to know. Join now!

Dragon Animation Masterclass

About this 12 week course

One of the hardest characters to animate (besides and octopus) is a dragon! Why? Because there is hardly any reference of dragons and knowing how to get the timing correct on such a magnificent creature is a real skill. That being said, Jonathan Symmonds has over 8 years experience animating dragons, so who better to teach you than the man himself.

He will take you on a 12 week course where you will learn how to set up the scene for animating, build the environment and set up the cameras and lighting. You will take a deep dive into the rig and he will explain everything there is to know about the rig and how to use it properly. From there, animation begins, you will learn different flight cycle setups, from climbs, to glides, to turns and then you will put this into practice on a path.

Once the animation path is working it will be time to land the dragon. You will learn all about the weight of the dragon and how to slow it down before settling on the ground. Next you will be animating a roar! This is so cool!

From the roar it will be time to do a walk cycle and build your asset library for the final stages and take-off. The last part of the course will be the take-off and final output for your demo-reels!

Welcome to the course!

Course Information

  • Course Duration: 12 Weeks
  • This course can be taken at any time
  • Category: Animation
  • 1499 USD
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Software required: Autodesk Maya 2019+
  • Instructor: Jonathan Symmonds

What will I learn?

  • Introduction to the rig and how a dragon moves
  • Understand the fundamentals of flight
  • Create your own set of flight cycles and build up your library
  • Learn how to animate a character on a path and landing
  • A much better understanding of weight and timing
  • Landing a dragon and moving into a roar
  • Behavioral shifts in creatures during action
  • Asset library build and layered animation design
  • Learn how to take-off an extremely heavy creature
  • Camera switching and scripting cameras
  • Basic lighting setups for final look with Light Rig
  • Playblasting techniques and fine-tuning animation
  • Learn how to animation a Dragon Walk Cycle
  • Learn how to animate and cut an in-scene camera
Don't hesitate

Learn from the Game of Thrones Lead Animator!

Flight Cycles & Walk Cycles Included!

Including the cached files from your instructor to help when animating

Course Lessons

Discover our unique Dragon Picker!

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Choose your own Dragon Textures

Dragon Rig License

If you purchase this part of the course, you will have the ability to purchase other parts of the course at a discounted rate (as you will not have to purchase the Dragon Rig license twice) Which is valued at $750.

If there are any queries regarding this please contact us and we can answer any questions you might have.

For example, if you buy "Dragon Course - Option A" for $1149 you will have access to "Dragon Course - Option B"  for $299 and "Dragon Course - Option C" for $199.

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Choose your Course

Rig License - $750 (Included in All Course Options)

Dragon Course - Option A

Flight Cycles

$399 Not including Rig License (Buy Separately)
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If you would just like to learn how to the do the flight cycle part of the course and have access to the rig then this is the right one to choose!
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  • Dragon Rig Included
  • Dragon Picker Included
  • 2 Weeks of Courses

Dragon Course - Option B

Walk Cycle

$299 Not including Rig License (Buy Separately)
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If you already know how to animate flight cycles and want to learn how to animate a walk cycle then this is the course to choose.
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  • Dragon Rig Included
  • Dragon Picker Included
  • 2 Weeks of Courses

Dragon Course - Option C

Behavior Study & Assets

$199 Not including Rig License (Buy Separately)
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If behavior study is your thing, then take this course to learn all about the different techniques in adding secondary animation.
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  • Dragon Rig Included
  • Dragon Picker Included
  • 2 Weeks of Courses
  • Age: 39
  • Speciality: Animation
  • Experience: 20+ years
"Surround yourselves only with the best. The better they are, the better you will become!"

Meet your instructor

Jonathan Symmonds

Jonathan Symmonds has worked for over 18 years as a senior animator having worked on titles such as James Cameron's "Avatar," "Prince of Persia," "Dark Tide," "Knerten," "Trollhunter," to name but a few. He is more famously recognized as the 'Lead Animator' on the "Game of Thrones" and most recently "House of Dragons."

He has extensive knowledge of creature animation and is one of the co-founders of Sophoria Academy. He was nominated 3 times for a VES Society Award and has even done his own TED Talk.

Join him as he takes you through this fantastic course and learn some insider knowledge from one of the greatest animators around!

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Valid until 30th September 2022
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