Want to break into Animation as a Lighting Artist?

Start by attending our free lighting masterclass:

Discover The 3 Step Lighting Insider System to Get Your Dream Lighting Job.

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*This class is not Live. It is recorded from a previous live session. Don’t worry though, all the information is just as valuable, if not more! 

In this masterclass, you will learn:

  • The 3 mistakes stopping you from getting a job

  • The 3 step lighting insider system to get your dream lighting job.

  • The Lighting for Animation Bundle+ and how it can get you a job FAST.

This system is the exact framework that we teach in our premium program, The Lighting for Animation Bundle.

The reason we are so passionate about helping others become Lighting Artists is that there was nothing like this when we were trying to break into lighting years ago.

This system will change EVERYTHING FOR YOU.

Even if you are feeling lost, unsure, ready to give up, and/or coming from a completely different industry, it will give you the tools to get the job of your dreams as a lighter, earning a 6-figure salary.

One of the most common questions we get is whether our system will actually work for them to get them a career as a lighting artist.


My answer is 100% YES

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*Note: This class is a recording from a previous live master class. If you have any questions from the class, we are here to answer them at headmasters@academyofanimatedart.com

It’s a dream job,
everyone wants it!

That’s where we come in.
Consider us your secret weapon.

The animation industry is FIERCELY competitive and it can be nearly impossible to get your first job. Switching careers and seizing that dream job is not as easy as flipping a switch and POOF you’ve got a new career. There are hurdles that can feel super intimidating. 

But think about the work you’re doing now. It’s probably boring, the projects suck, and you aren’t making enough money. You want to do something cool and fun and you want to make a good income doing it.

We get it. We’ve been there. And we have made our way through to the other side. 

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of Academy Of Animated Art

Jasmine Katatikarn

Jasmine is currently a Senior Lighting Technical Director at Blue Sky Studios. Her lighting credits include Spies in Disguise, Ferdinand, Peanuts, Rio 2, Epic, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ghost Town, and The Nanny Diaries.

About Jasmine

When I graduated from College with an Economics degree from Vassar College, I felt a bit lost on what career path I wanted in life. I went to many finance related job interviews and quickly decided it was not the path for me. This is when I went back to what my original passion, the arts. Since I was young, I was taught I should not pursue anything artistic if I wanted a realistic career that did not involve struggling for money. I was always pushed to do something more practical instead, thus the economics degree. It was not until I was 21 years old that I decided to forget about “being practical” and do what would give me inspiration every day and I haven’t looked back since.

I started building a portfolio from scratch the summer after I graduated from college and, by some miracle, landed a job in package design at Godiva Chocolatier. During this time I was introduced to the world of 3D animation through an instructor that was teaching me basic 2D graphic skills. I was instantly intrigued by this new art medium that combined both aesthetic and technical skills. This is when I applied to graduate school at NYU for a Masters of Science in Digital Imaging and Design.

My first job in animation was working on 3D medical visualization. From that experience, I was able to propel myself into VFX and commercial projects at The Mill, Framestore, and RhinoFX for seven years before moving into feature animated film work at Blue Sky Studios. Along with working on animated films, I also had the pleasure of co-authoring a book entitled Lighting for Animation: The Art of Visual Storytelling.

I have never looked back and am so grateful I decided to follow my dreams and chase the “unpractical” career route. Not only am I not a starving artist, I am very financially successful but more importantly I am doing something that I love to do. I am living my own dream and I hope to bring the same to you!


Michael Tanzillo

Mike is currently a Senior Lighting TD at Blue Sky Studios. His lighting credits include Spies in Disguise, Ferdinand, Peanuts, Rio 2, Epic, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, Scrat’s Continental Crack-up, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Peanuts and Ferdinand.

About Michael

In 2004, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had just finished college and had a degree in photography but felt completely lost because I still didn’t know what career I wanted. I was making ends meet by waiting tables and working any odd job I could get my hands on.

Then I watched Finding Nemo and my life changed forever.

More specifically I watched a behind the scenes that showed artists scuba diving off the coast of Australia to obtain reference for the look of the film. It showed how they altered the color of the water in certain scenes to specifically elicit an emotional reaction from the audience. I was blown away. I had no idea there were artists that did that kind of visual work on an animated film.

So I did a lot of research and discovered the role of Lighting Artist and I immediately knew this was the career for me. Unfortunately, I also discovered I was grossly under-qualified for such a position and, therefore, I decided to bite the bullet, head back to school, and work my butt off to gain the necessary knowledge to build a demo reel to apply for jobs with animation companies.

Now it is over a decade later and I am working on my 9th feature film as a Senior Lighting TD at Blue Sky Studios and it’s better than I could have imagined. This industry is the combination of artistic creativity and scientific exploration that I always dreamed it would be. It has allowed me the chance to work with some of the most creative and inspiring people I could ever imagine. It has allowed me to accomplish another life goal of becoming a published author when Jasmine and I released Lighting For Animation: The Art of Visual Storytelling. This industry has given me a career that I am proud of and now I can create a future for my family.


Don’t Spend Another Moment of Your Life Working On Uninspiring Projects

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