Sophoria Academy is a next generation online VFX academy built to inspire and create the future of visual effects artists. At Sophoria Academy, we teach students everything they need to know to kick-start their careers and help in getting them their dream job in the film, TV or game industry. Our courses are curated and designed by legends in the field that they specialize in.
Our online tutorials and the ability to pause and come back later, essentially studying at your own pace is something we wanted to have in our learning process. Sometimes other priorities in life get in the way of learning a new skill-set. Therefor, on our custom LMS back-end, you can pause and continue your training at any time.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a Dragon or an Elephant, perhaps even a giraffe? Would you like to know everything there is to know about lighting a scene in Arnold and Maya? Perhaps you want to do something bigger and learn all about the VFX pipeline, utilizing multiple pieces of software at once and mastering your skills? If so, this is the Academy for you.
The Founder of Sophoria Academy
Our Founder, Jonathan Symmonds will be one of your instructors. He has over 19 years of experience in the animation, TV, game and film industries having worked on productions such as James Cameron’s Avatar, Prince of Persia, Nanny McPhee, The Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, Siren and so much more. Jonathan is also a motivational speaker and during his animation career as an instructor, taught over 3000 students – many of whom are now working for major companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Framestore, Pixomondo and Weta to name a few!
For all of you young and aspiring animators looking to gain some experience to improve your demoreels or portfolio, then Jonathan Symmonds will be your ultimate guide!
Come on in, by the way – we also have some free courses! 🙂 >>>
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Featured Course of the week
"Dragon Animation Masterclass"
The Dragon Animation Masterclass – 12 Week – Independent study course
One of the most incredible and highly anticipated courses out there! Join Jonathan Symmonds who was the Lead Animator on the Game of Thrones, as he takes you though a 12 Week, action packed course where you will learn everything there is to learn about animating a Dragon! For more information click the button
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
Meet some of our Mentors
Some of our Mentors have been in the industry for longer than some you have been alive! Our mentors are hand picked by the founders of Sophoria Academy as we only want to give you the absolute best learning experience. If you would like to apply as a mentor, click HERE
We have a dragon course, elephant course, dog animation tutorials, giraffe walk cycles, raptor animation classes, VFX bootcamps, Arnold render masterclasses and so much more!