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3D Animation and Demo Masterclass by Michal Makarewicz from Pixar

A 2-day masterclass by veteran animator of Toy Story, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and more!

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FabCafe Tokyo is thrilled to present an exclusive animation masterclass led by Michal Makarewicz, a 20-year Pixar veteran and acclaimed animator who has played a pivotal role in bringing to life some of the studio's most beloved classics.

Sat, September 30, 2023 – Sun, October 1, 2023  UTC+09:00

10:00 – 18:00

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38,000 JPY (2 days - 16 hours)



In this intensive 2-day program, Michal will share invaluable insights and experiences gained from working on globally recognized animation movies like Ratatouille, Soul, and The Incredibles. Participants will have the opportunity to elevate their animation skills to new heights with:

  • Clear solutions for overcoming complex animation challenges.
  • A layered approach to animation for improved efficiency and speed.
  • Foundational principles and workflow tips for seamless animation.

Showreels by Michal Makarewicz 

Having previously been offered at esteemed institutions like the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (US) and the Vancouver Film School (Canada), this one-of-a-kind masterclass will provide a rare opportunity to personally meet and learn from one of the animation industry’s most experienced and renowned professionals. Don’t miss this exclusive event in Tokyo!

Michal is an award winning 20 year Pixar veteran, who has worked in many roles within the studio. From Fix Animator to Animator, Directing Animator, Supervisor, and Director. These experiences have provided him with a variety of perspectives on the work itself. Michal is now the Head of Animation at Spire Studios.

Michal has received two Annie Awards from ASIFA for “Best Animation in a Feature Production” (Soul and Ratatouille) and a VES Nomination for his animation on Helen in Incredibles 2. He also received a Feature Animation nomination for the 2020 Reuben Award for his work on Soul.

Michal was honored to have a scholarship awarded in his name, for the Vancouver Film School (VFS). Michal also runs and co-founded The Animation Collaborative (AnimC), which provides high-end education in the animation field, focusing on Animation, Character Design, and Story.

Day 1

  1. Introduction: welcome to FabCafe Tokyo
  2. Overview of Michal’s work and career path
  3. Live Masterspline / Graph Editor Maya Demo “Boat Jump”
  4. Lecture Acting and Performance
  5. Live Physical Maya demo “Push”

Day 2

  1. Introduction: recap from Day 1
  2. Lecture on Specificity
  3. Live Performance Maya demo “Dialogue Acting Shot”
  4. Conclusion

*Please note the masterclass offers a combination of lectures and live demonstrations. It does not include hands-on exercises.

This masterclass is recommended for…

  • Intermediate to advanced animation students seeking to enhance their skills.
  • Animation professionals aiming at refining their techniques and workflows.
  • Students and professionals committed to staying highly competitive in the field.
  • Enthusiasts interested in gaining insights into the animation processes at Pixar.

*Photography, recording, and video recording are strictly prohibited during this course.
We kindly ask for your understanding and compliance with these rules.

*Cancellation Policy
In the event of a cancellation after registering, we kindly request that you notify us through the Peatix platform at least 14 days prior to the event date. Cancellations made after this period will not be accepted, and refunds for the participation fee will not be provided even if payment has already been made.

If you cancel by the specified deadline and have already paid the participation fee, the refund process will be carried out according to Peatix’s policy. For credit card payments no cancellation fee will be charged, and the entire amount will be refunded.

*Kindly take note that this masterclass is contingent upon achieving a minimum attendance threshold of 15 individuals. In the event that this threshold is not met, the event will be discontinued and all incurred ticketing expenses will be promptly reimbursed in full.


Date & Time

Sat, September 30, 2023 – Sun, October 1, 2023 10:00 – 18:00 UTC+09:00


FabCafe MTRL
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JR 渋谷駅 徒歩10分

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38,000 JPY (2 days - 16 hours)




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