PHOTOS - Animation Lecture and Masterclass with Mike Surrey presented by TAAFI


On Feb 20 and 21, 2015 the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) hosted an animation lecture and masterclass with Mike Surrey.


During the animation lecture (Feb 20) Mike shared his experiences as an animator with Disney and DreamWorks. Mike is the talent behind many beloved characters such as Timon (The Lion King), Lumière (Beauty and the Beast), and Ray the firefly (Princess and the Frog). Mike showed clips of his 2D work and demonstrated how his 2D skills were essential to his transition to CG features. Mike also shared how he moved into a feature storyboard career and what opportunities can come from developing other skill sets in the ever changing animation industry.

In the animation masterclass (Feb 21) Mike shared tips on character posing, design, and thumbnailing that he learned from Disney veterans. He also went on to demonstrate how these concepts applied to characters he has worked with such as Timon (The Lion King), Terk (Tarzan), and Ray the firefly (Princess and the Frog). There was a short break during the class where Mike opened his portfolio and allowed participants to examine his past work. Participants were also given the chance to thumbnail a sequence and then pass it up to Mike for a critique of their work. In the second half of the masterclass Mike explained how he expanded his animation and story telling skill set during his career so that he could continue to work as a 2D artist, even though the majority of animation features are now animated in a CG environment. This move involved shifting from feature character animation to the story department. Mike storyboarded a sequence live for the class and then gave participants a chance to storyboard a sequence themselves and have it critiqued.  The critiques included what to keep in mind when boarding a shot with your characters, getting the best acting from your characters, and how to push emotion in your films.

Photos from TAAFI's Animation Lecture and Masterclass with Mike Surrey

TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)
TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)
TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)
TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)
TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)


TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)


TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)


TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)



TAAFI's Animation Lecture with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Masterclass with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Masterclass with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Masterclass with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Masterclass with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Masterclass with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Masterclass with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

TAAFI's Animation Masterclass with Mike Surrey
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

 For more photos, check out the Canadian Animation Blog Facebook Photo Album from the event.

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