In 2015 Pixar joined forces with Khan Academy (an online learning platform) to create ‘Pixar in a Box’.
As they explain, “Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney. “.
Even though the lessons are aimed for a younger crowd, they are good for gaining basic and necessary knowledge of subjects such as: Animation, Rigging, Effects, Virtual Cameras, Color Science and more. While checking the reviews, we found most are written by adults that have not been let down. For instant the user ‘adhamkosht’ wrote: “I simply wanted to thank you for this tutorials. I wish I had something like this 10 years ago. I work in CG, doing mostly camera work so I sneaked in thinking it would be something very obvious and general. I just could not believe how well the whole thing is so well designed. Things are so well explained and the learning curve is impeccable. It is actually fun to achieve the goals and collect points and rewards. Reviewing concepts that we tend to forget but mainly: LEARNING! This shows the philosophy of your company. Keep it up!”
Pixar in a Box lessons will not provide you with the structure of a proper academic course, you will be learning from set examples, like in the case of Animation you will learn “how to bring a ball to life”.
The good thing about this lessons, apart from being free :), is that you can spend as much time as you want going through the lessons and discover which part of animation you would like to be involved with.
And they are not done yet! According to the information posted on Khan Academy, “Pixar in a Box is a multi-year project. We are already working on the next set of lessons with hopes of publishing brand new content every few months.”
So what do you have to lose by inscribing to this course? Nothing! It is free of charge and can delete your account at any time. What can you gain? Basic knowledge and insights on how Pixar deals with animation!