Blog . The 11 Second Club
Are you an animation major, an animation hobbyist that's out of ideas, or someone that needs ideas for animations? If you're any one of those then I have a website for you to check out! The site is called The 11 Second Club. The 11 Second Club is an animation community that has monthly character animation contests. Just as the name of the website suggests, the animations for the contest have to be 11 seconds. A line of dialogue is provided each month and you have to create a character animation for the audio. Even if you don't know how to model characters or rig, they have a resources page filled with pre-rigged models you can use for free, and it even tells you what programs you can use them for. I feel that this website is perfect for practicing animation, and making animations for portfolios and demo reels. The audio prompts can take you out of your comfort zone and force you to think about the characters, how they interact, and the environment they will be in.
There is an active community associated with the website on the forums. You can post your progress onto the forums and get feedback from other people participating. It's a nice little community from what I can see from browsing through the forums, and it's a great way to get feedback if you have no one readily available to review your work. There's a job board on the forums as well to try and land a freelance job. There are a variety of jobs such as freelance animators, 3D Modelers, Texture artist, Junior animators, and Senior animator positions. While you do have to be weary with who you contact and do business with online, this is a great place to try to scout out some freelance jobs.
The website is very accepting of various animation techniques. They will accept 3D animations, 2D flash animations, Hand drawn, and even stop motion animation. Use this as a chance to experiment with different mediums.