Student Experiences

Don’t take our word for it … Listen to the TDU students to see how TDU transformed their careers and lives.

Meet the Artists Who Started Their Careers at tdu

Check out these stories of artists that used tdu to catapult their lives into the world of animation and visual effects.

Anuar Figueroa, TDU Alum & Sony Lighting TD

TDU Co-Founder Mike Tanzillo chats with TDU Alum Anuar Figueroa on going from growing up in Mexico to working in Canada on animated and VFX films including Batman vs. Superman, Fast and Furious 7, and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse ! Learn his backstory and see how he used to launch his career!

Shane Sternstein, TDU Alum & Dreamworks Lighter

TDU Co-Founder Michael Tanzillo sits down for an interview with TDU Alum and Dreamworks Lighter Shane Sternstein. They discuss Shane’s transition from his former career to becoming a lighter at an animation studio. To check out Shane’s full portfolio and demo reel click the link here.

Ryan Hansford, TDU Alum & Lighting Artist

Meet Anthony

Senior Lighting TD at Blue Sky Studios

“I don’t believe I would have been able to get the job I have today without the skills and knowledge I gained from tdu.

I was a little hesitant about signing up because I wanted to make sure I was getting my money’s worth out of an online class. These courses are worth every penny and then some! The investment I have made in my career.”

Meet Chris

Compositing & Finishing at The Foundry

“I knew I wanted to be a lighter, but didn’t feel I had enough experience or quality showreel material to get the jobs I wanted.

The showreel I used to get my current job contained a large majority of work from the assignments I did at TD-U. It has also helped improve how I go about breaking down the lighting in a shot and ensuring that my lighting starts on strong fundamentals.”

Meet Anuar 

Lighting TD at Sony Imageworks

“This course was so beneficial in my career because now I no longer doubt the decisions I make regarding my work.

Also, I didn’t have money to afford college so I did not want to spend time just doing some boring tutorials I would just forget.  I use what I learned from tdu everyday!”

“I’ve learned more about lighting in a week compared to three years at college.

I’m dead serious!”


“I recently re-lit my thesis character with techniques I learned from TDU and it looks much better!”


“I was searching a lot for a specialized lighting course. When I found TDU course I thought I could try it. Today I can say that it’s great!”


“Thank you so much guys! This workshop is more than I have hoped for.”


I’m very happy with tdu. Because of you, I’m living the dream! I’m working as a Junior Lighter!!”


“This workshop trained my eyes to see everything in different way then I was before. Thank you.”


TDU Student Testimonial : Eduardo and Elena

Meet Elena and Eduardo, TDU students based in Spain.

TDU Student Testimonial : Holly

Meet Holly and hear her experience with TDU

Mike talks directly to students Calabaza Muelle on FB Live.

Hear their story …


TDU Student Work

Check out some of the beautiful images created in TDU courses that helped these students land their first jobs!


Is tdu right for you?

If any of this sounds like you, tdu is right for you.

  • Are you someone that has always dreamed of a challenging, rewarding career that pushes you both technically and artistically? tdu is right for you.
  • Have you been trying and trying to make better looking 3D images, but just can’t figure out where to begin? tdu is right for you.
  • Are there no schools in your hometown that teach visual effects or computer animation? tdu is right for you.
  • Are you looking to change careers but paying to go back to a traditional school sounds like torture? tdu is right for you.
  • Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in the credits of the next animated or VFX film? tdu is right for you.


Still, not sure if tdu is right for you?

Believe me, we get it. Although these courses are a fraction of the cost you would pay a traditional school, this is still a lot of money. So here are some reasons why you should be willing to give us a try.

  • We have our free, online webinar that gives you a little taste of tdu as well as provide you with some truly valuable information. This one-hour class will help you get to know us and see if we are right for you.
  • We also offer a 15-day money back guarantee. If you sign up and find that tdu isn’t right for you, we will offer a refund, no questions asked.
  • We offer lifetime access to all our courses. This means that you will have access to all the updates and changes we make to the classes as this ever-changing industry continues to evolve.
  • We offer access to our Facebook Private group that allows you the ability to connect with artists and industry professionals all over the world.


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