“They are awesome. They are really fun people. I like being around them. They work really hard.”

That’s how award winning Disney animator Renato do Anjos described the Kapiʻolani Community College animation students he was working with.

The students in the five-day workshop enjoyed instruction and one-on-one interaction with a master who served as head of animation for Zootopia and Wreck-It Ralph.

“It’s a lot harder than it looks, definitely,” said Kapiʻolani CC student Koreena Nagai. “I’ve been having a great time in this program and I’m very grateful for him coming out.”

Dos Anjos demonstrated the minute details of creating natural hip and leg movements using the MAYA animation software program projected on a big screen. Then the students worked on their ongoing animation projects, while he offered helpful hands-on hints.

“For me the most important thing about the work is the potential and (for) all of them, I saw that,” said dos Anjos. “ Iʻm really happy with what they are doing.”

—By Kelli Trifonovitch