Animation Masterclass - Animating with Maya for Games and More

In this DVD, Instructor Joe Mandia gives a deep foundation to the complexities of animation using Maya 2012 with a focus on video games. Although the focus is on games, the instruction is great for any animator. Topics include Maya shortcuts, ui setup, 12 principles overview, timing, spacing, arcs, overlap, anticipation, squash and stretch, slow ins and outs, staging, secondary action, straight ahead vs pose to pose, and finally refining and polishing a final animation.

With over 8 hours of content, this DVD is perfect for those who want a solid foundation on animating in Maya.

About the Instructor:
Joe Mandia has been animating for over 15 years and has worked with many amazing companies like Walt Disney, Digital Domain, Blue Sky, Nvidia, Sony Pictures, Sony Imageworks, Sony Online, and even an instructor at Animation Mentor. During those years he have worked on projects such as Open Season, Ice Age, Chicken Little, DC Universe Online, and man more. Joe is currently an animator in New Hartford, NY working on many unannounced contract projects.
Apps Used: Autodesk Maya 2012
Duration: over 8 Hours
Instructor: Joe Mandia
DL Filesize: 959 MB
Project Files: Included are several Maya files as shown in the DVD.

User Comments


February 7, 2014 - 6:46pm

Great Masterclass. I just miss some rigging lessons understand better. Is there another masterclass of this here? I cant't find it to buy...

Nissi (not verified)

February 1, 2013 - 5:17am


Udhav (not verified)

December 23, 2012 - 5:15am

Hello, I am looking forward for a career in animation. I have been using blender for some months and am really fond of it and make animation my career. I am 14 right now and when i checked animation, i was really fascinated and i really want to join. I just want to ask if this is a good way to get a career in animation and become a professional and work for companies to create animation films?? Looking for a reply...

Ryo (not verified)

November 25, 2012 - 11:38am

GREAT tutorial ¡¡... I hope see more tutorials of this instructor ...please
(sorry for my bad english)

Anonymous (not verified)

November 4, 2012 - 9:07am



September 20, 2012 - 7:40am

@devrajjjj, The video is 1280x720 (720p)

devrajjjj (not verified)

September 20, 2012 - 2:42am

what is the video resolution size??????????????? i mean HD or FULL HD


September 18, 2012 - 5:28am

It was be great to see rigging in Maya.
I am not sure why people are hating on maya. Sound like fanboy-ism to me.
Instead of asking for both, they want you guys to forget one or the other. Thank you for doing what you guys feel is right and delivering a great product than listen to people who can't see outside of the box of their apps

danielmn (not verified)

September 14, 2012 - 12:45pm

great tutorial!!!!
is the rig and model supplied?

zed (not verified)

September 14, 2012 - 11:52am

thank you eat3d for this, and i hope u make many more advanced animation training, like body mechanics and acting, one request though, i hope the instructor to cover more theory and concepts before he applies them.
and for those who are complaining about maya or 3ds max,animation is universe no matter what medium it uses or software, because you can apply these principles anywhere if u understand the software.
cheers Smiling

Anonymous (not verified)

September 13, 2012 - 12:58pm

спасибо, скачаем на досуге

Anonymous (not verified)

September 13, 2012 - 12:23pm

All those who are complaining for the lack of these tuts in 3ds max are lamers who will NEVER EVER succeed in the field of animation.. coz if you really knew a thing (or even half) about animation, you would know that the techniques and principals are always the same and apply to all animations irrespective of software... if you had even a minuscule amout of talent for 3d, u cud watch the videos and reproduce the animations in any application- blender, maya, max, c4d, xsi... ANYTHING. So please quit dreaming about making a career in 3d and go waste ur dad's money and your time on something else...

Sevosane (not verified)

September 13, 2012 - 10:23am

As usual here, I am asking, where is the 3ds max Animation Masterclass? COME ON guys. The last big deal was a MAYA motionbuilder deal. All of your videos for 3ds max have done a great job of showing us how to use 3ds max, and how to build the characters, and how to skin them, and how to create detailed pieces for them in mudbox, etc, etc, but other than the 3ds CAT video, which does NOT go into any detail about animation at all, we have nothing like this training video. Please, Please, build a masterclass on, ok, picture this, you taught us, and, the model is built, and detailed, skinned, and BOOM, now there could be a masterclass on rigging, and BOOM , a seperate masterclass on animation (just like this animation masterclass for maya). And while I'm on it, while your motionbuilder video "could" be re-interpreted by ourselves using 3ds max, why not just make one showing how to do it with 3ds max instead of me trying to figure out how to do the equivalent of what I'm seeing you do in Maya, in 3ds max.

So, a breakdown would be:

1. BOOM!, Rigging masterclass for 3ds max for one of these detailed models you showed us how to build.
2. BOOM!, Animation masterclass for 3ds max for animating that wonderful RIG you just showed us how to build.
3. and a final, BOOM, Motionbuilder masterclass for 3ds max, for integration with that wonderful RIG we've just wonderfully animated.

Not only would I give you absolute first dibs for naming rights on any first, unborn sons, daughters, cats, dogs, or sheep, but more importantly, I would give you money. Money guys. Loads of money. With pinky finger drawn to mouth, A Kabahzillion Dollars worth of money.

Judging from the above comments. I'm not the only one wanting a 3ds max version of this, but does everyone agree with everything else I'm asking for!? COME ON. Let's start an INTERVENTION. Wait, wait a minute, I already had one of those for my Guild Wars 2 addiction last week. That's not right. I meant, a REVOLUTION. Yes, a REVOLUTION for getting these other classes done, by Eat3D for 3ds max! Because they are the best teachers! a REVOLUTION!

Anonymous (not verified)

September 13, 2012 - 7:06am

because maya have better animation tools, You should really give maya a try, it has many good tools for animation and modelling, that 3ds doesn't have

Anonymous (not verified)

September 12, 2012 - 3:23pm

I'd buy one of these for 3ds max...

toni (not verified)

September 12, 2012 - 10:50am

hmmm why maya :'( please release this tutorial in 3ds max toooooooooo i am user of 3ds max plz plz pzl