Day 6: Best rigs for animation students


Schools and students, we have especially been thinking about you wonderful people as we’re rolling out our 12 Days of Awesome. You are important.

Since day one, schools have played a huge role in our motivation for getting characters out. It was while our CEO Andrew Conroy was teaching animation to college students that Long Winter Studios was born. He was tired of mediocre tools and rigs for students and thought students should have access to film-quality materials like he used in the industry – and that they would eventually use! – and ones they could actually afford.

Well, today we get to talk about why we have the best characters for animation students, and about our serious discounts for schools!


Day 6: We want to give animation students the best rigs possible

Why are Long Winter rigs the best for students?

  1. Super Simple Control Setup: Uncomplicated, beginner-friendly
  2. Beautiful Deformations: Built by animators to actually be fun and pretty to animate
  3. Exciting Character Designs: To inspire and encourage creativity
  4. Price: We get to offer serious discounts to schools!

Individuals get the killer price of $10/per month. But we know how school budgets work and when you have dozens (or hundreds!) of students who need tools, the costs per student matter. A lot. And we know that to graduate the best animators, riggers, TDs, etc., schools have to use the best materials out there, so we are giving major discounts to schools who sign up for multi-seat memberships.

The cost will ultimately depend on the number of students you have in your group. The bigger the number, the lower the cost. In fact, we have a couple schools already signed up for the new service at $1/per student per month!

(Students, do you want to use our characters in your classes? Tell your instructors to get in touch with us!)

Have questions about how all the technical details work out (i.e. what happens when a student graduates)? We’ll cover all that in our instructional videos and updated FAQ later this week! We want to work with you to find a solution for your classrooms. Contact us at for more information about our character solutions for schools.

Ready to sign up?


Do you want to see the rest of our big announcements? Subscribe to our Long Winter Studios Facebook page and check back for each new post about our new characters!

In case you missed it, our 12 Days of Awesome so far:

Day 1: Meet Paul!
Day 2: Want all 37+ characters – our entire library? You got it.
Day 3: Wild Animals!
Day 4: Better price AND better characters
Day 5: Woof! More animal rigs coming in 2017
Day 6: Best rigs for animation students
Day 7: You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers (plus, meet Reno!)
Day 8: Look how cute our kids are!
Day 9: Super simple, point-and-click install in Maya
Day 10: We’ve launched! Become a member today!
Day 11: The nuts and bolts of how membership works
Day 12: Let’s rock and roll (recap)

Tommies Awards | Long Winter Studios

Enter our 2nd Annual Tommies Awards contest!

Are your animations ready? The 2017 Tommies animation contest is coming up in February! Stay tuned on our Facebook page for more details, polish up your shots with our Long Winter characters, and watch our awesome winners from last year: People’s Choice 2016, and our Staff Picks 2016!