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DJ Nicke is a former Disney Animator with nearly 20 years of animation experience.
He taught himself traditional animation at the age of 12 after going on a tour of the Disney Animation Studio in Orlando, Florida.
When he was 13, he discovered computer animation, and by the age of 16 he had taught himself computer graphics and animation.
Animation Salvation is an online nonprofit community by industry veteran DJ Nicke, a former Disney Animator.
I love animation, and I love teaching, so you can imagine how much I love TEACHING ANIMATION! Having been in this industry for over 17 years though, I’ve noticed that things have changed over time.
You see, it used to be that in order to learn animation you’d practice on your own and teach yourself as much as you could. If you really had a talent for the craft, you might get hired by a studio like Disney. There you would be placed in the cleanup or inbetween department where you would work under the guidance of a master animator. What this system created was the perfect schooling to train new master animators. You’d work for months or maybe even years under guidance of your “Master” until you were ready to finally be handed your own scene. You were guided every step of the way by someone who had been doing it for years. Someone who’d been doing it very well.
This entire training process is missing today. With computers and modern studios, you can go from zero to hero in one step. You might teach yourself and even do some schooling, but when you finally land your dream job it seems there is nobody with the time to really show you the way. If you’re really lucky you can afford a program like Animation Mentor, which is basically a recreation of the old mentor system. But most of us can’t afford the time or money required for such an education.
That’s why I’ve developed Animation Salvation! I was fortunate enough to get into the industry when I was only 16. By the time I was 18 I had a personal Animation Mentor, one who has been awarded multiple Emmy’s and numerous other awards. When I was 21, I had landed my dream job at Disney, where I recieved more amazing training and guidance. It’s been a hard road at times, but I was fortunate to always have someone there who knew more than I did and could show me the way. Now I’d like to share my knowledge with you. Those of you out there who simply don’t have access to the kind of training that I had. If knowledge is power, then soon you will all be animation Jedi’s! But beware of the dark side. Stick with me, and I’ll show you the way to AnimationSalvation.