Why study with us?
Because we are AWESOME!
Meet some of our incredible mentors. Some of them have over 20 years of experience, own their own businesses and still have time to give back to students like you!
Sophoria Academy Instructors
Meet some of our Instructors
Co Founder of Sophoria and Animation Director
Jonathan Symmonds has over 18 years of experience in Film, Tv, Commercials and the games industry. He has worked on films such as Avatar, Harry Potter, Prince of Persia, Nanny Mcphee, Dark Tide and was the Lead animator on the Game of Thrones for 5 years! Jonathan is our co-founder alongside Romy Tesei and he mainly teaches animation. Jonathan was nominated 3 times for a VES society award for his work on the Game of Thrones and ended up creating his own dragon that a few on you lucky students will get to work with if you do one of his dragon classes.
Lighting Technical Director
Frederic Durand has had the opportunity to work at Sony Imageworks, Disney Animation, DreamWorks, Jim Henson’s Workshop, MPC and Digital Domain on animated films, feature films, and commercials during the past 20 years. He has been teaching lighting and rendering classes with Arnold, V-Ray, Redshift, Renderman and Nuke at the Gnomon school, the University of South California and now at Sophoria. Frederic studied at the Cooper Union in New York City and is graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, France.
Jayson has over 20 years of experince be it film, commercials, tv - you name it he has done it! A lecturer in his own right, Jayson has taught hundreds of students. Jayson is a specialist in VFX, CGI, fluids, simulation, lighting and rendering, modelling & texturing in multiple software packages. Jayson runs his own courses so be sure to get hold of one of them to learn from this legend! His courses cover most aspects of the VFX pipeline from modelling to final simulations and render. Don't hesitate to learn from Jayson, with this much experience you can't go wrong.
We aim to educate the uneducated and give back to those that REALLY want to learn what we do, at affordable prices!
We share our passion for sharing knowledge with students from all walks of life. All our courses are planned, recorded and edited based with you in mind:
- Our online courses start with a thorough explanation of the topic covered.
- Our videos are clear and the content is checked in advance of course publish
- All our lessons are applied to common industry practices so that you understand how to use the theory in a practical context.
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