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Knight Spider Animation Challenge | Skill Level

Advanced - Performance Finalists

Animation contest open to members that are comfortable creating a performance in Maya using the Knight Spider rig.



France | ESMA

Eren Arnold


United Kingdom | Escape Studios

I've always had a strong interest in digital art and animation and looking to pursue these interests as a career. Currently in my second year at Escape Studios studying animation. Previously completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.


United Kingdom | Escape Studios

I first realised I wanted to work in the creative media industry when I was about 13-14 years old, where I'd been inspired to start practicing animation by online artists such as Vivienne Medrano. Through this interest I began watching student films from various institutions, and then spent a good part of my time as a student practising 2D animation. While I still want to work as an animator, I also found that I have a passion for character design and for game art as well through my practise.

James Boyle


United Kingdom | CG Spectrum

I've known my entire life that I wanted to work in a creative field. My childhood was spent obsessively drawing animated characters and watching Walt Disney and Don Bluth films and shows.

Wiktor Brodowski


United Kingdom | Escape Studios

I became fascinated with 3D animations when I was around 14 years old. I got into it mostly thanks to Source Filmmaker software, with which I've made several amature animations, using assets from games like Half Life or Team Fortress 2. I found a lot of joy in creating this kind of media and decided that I want to pursue this as my full time carrer. I'm currently enrolled at Escape Studios where I'm studying animation with long time industry veterans as my tutors.


Germany | SAE

I first realized that I wanted to work in the creative industry in high school, where I started learning modeling in Blender on my own. After 1,5 years I got the opportunity to intern at a VFX company for two weeks, where I learned the basics of animation in Autodesk Maya. After that I kept on animating on my own and growing my skillset in Maya. Now, after 2 years of experience in 3D animation, I decided to start my journey after school at SAE Institute to keep learning and become a 3D Animator.


United States

I have an engineering degree and worked for several years programming flight simulators, user interfaces, web pages, and data collection. I wanted something different. I went to a 2 year school, where the emphasis was modeling, but I was intrigued with the little bit of animation that was included. Now I'm learning on my own.


United Kingdom | Escape Studios

During secondary school I learned about how big of an industry this was, as this is a career path that has yet to be spread around and popularised. I have always enjoyed animation of all kinds and would like to contribute to all kinds of creative media.


Australia | Queensland University of Technology

For a long time I have had an interest in animation ever since I watched the stick man fight animations that were prevalent on youtube in the early 2000's. Delving deeper into this creative field I discovered a multitude of exciting passions in the world of 3D. From Animating to modelling, sculpting, texturing, lighting and it all I find a great deal of enjoyment to bringing my imagination to a tangible virtual representation.

Nguyet Nghi Duong


United States | Academy of Art University

During my high school year, I really enjoy watching animated movies. When I had a chance to study aboard in the US, Animation is the first field that came across my mind. However, I've been always making the safest choices for my entire life so I wanted to overcome my fear of stepping out of my comfort zone for once. Therefore, I did a lot of research about the industry and with the support of my family, I've decided to follow my passion.

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