Past Event

A two-day animation masterclass with Pixar directing animator

18 +
September 28:
10 AM to 6 PM
September 29: 10 AM to 6 PM

Tickets: $337.37
Taxes and fees included

Where: Space A (1st floor)
General admission

The Animation Collaborative is proud to present the Animation Demo and Lecture Masterclass with instructor Michal Makarewicz, Lead Animator at Pixar Animation Studios!

Geared toward students and experienced animators alike, this masterclass discusses animation from a variety of artistic perspectives, breaking down and explaining the simplest to most complex theories, ideas, and choices. This course focuses on a layered approach and features in-depth lectures with corresponding live demonstrations in Autodesk Maya. Each lecture is designed to deconstruct a specific topic and show the effects that various choices and techniques can have on your work. The corresponding live demos then illustrate how to incorporate these choices into your work so that your ideas read clearly from blocking to polish.

This masterclass offers the unique opportunity to see how one of the industry’s most talented artists approaches animation. Get the tools you need to create your own feature-quality animation, and don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry!


In-depth lectures Include:

  • Eyes
  • Brows
  • Working With Dialogue
  • Variety of Animation Workflows
  • The Graph Editor
  • Polish
  • Timing
  • Q&A
  • Acting, Performance and Theory

Live demonstrations in Maya:

  • Bouncing Ball
  • Complex Physical Shot
  • Performance Acting Shot

Michal Makarewicz

Michal Makarewicz joined Pixar Animation Studios in early 2003, where he has animated on over 12 feature films and 7 shorts. He has been a supervising animator on Pixar’s first half-hour TV special, Toy Story of Terror, as well as a directing animator on Cars 2 and Finding Dory. Michal was awarded an Annie Award for Outstanding Character Animation in a Feature Production by the International Animated Film Society for his work on Ratatouille, and nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Character Animated Character in an Animated Feature, for his work on Helen Parr in Incredibles 2. In addition to his work at Pixar, Michal has been teaching animation since 2005. He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school Animation Mentor, AnimSchool, California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Michal owns and operates The Animation Collaborative.

The Animation Collaborative

The Animation Collaborative is a brick and mortar school located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It offers a series of workshops in animation, character design, story, and a variety of other subjects, all led by some of the most talented artists and instructors in the industry.



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