Dragon Course - Option A - FLIGHT

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  • Mentor: Jonathan Symmonds
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Course time: 2 Weeks
  • Software: Autodesk Maya
  • Project files & Rig: Included
  • Course Cost: $1149 USD
Course overview
This option pack of the 12 week course consists of a section of the main course. It is designed to suit those with a lower budget and that might just want to explore this section of the course only.

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

Dragon Animation Masterclass

About this Dragon Course

One of the hardest characters to animate (besides an 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.

You will be joining the course from the beginning and therefor get to know the rig in great detail. You will be learning all about flying techniques and how best to animate a dragon in flight, from turns to glide to climbs and more.

You will have access to the incredibly detailed and custom built picker unique to Sophoria Academy.

You will learn different types of flight cycles from glides to turns to climbs and gain an amazing insight into how to animate such a heavy creature in flight.

Course Information

  • Course Duration: 2 Weeks
  • This course can be taken at any time
  • Category: Animation
  • 1149 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
  • A much better understanding of weight and timing
  • Asset library build and layered animation design
  • Basic lighting setups for final look
  • Playblasting techniques and fine-tuning animation

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.

Discounts on other Courses!

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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
Don't hesitate

Learn from the Game of Thrones Lead Animator!

Course Lessons

Discover our unique Dragon Picker!

Kindly sponsored by MGLAND for Sophoria Academy Students!

Choose your own Dragon Textures

  • 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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