Are you a full-time missionary who needs art and animation training to help your team reach their target people group? Or are you an artist who loves God and wants to use your talent to help fulfill his global purpose? Consider AniMissions as your next step…

AniMissions is a training program that equips artists, missionaries and teams to use digital animation creation tools to create media that communicates the gospel cross-culturally. The program is currently available in two formats:


AniMissions Seminar - A seven-week course focused on training individuals and teams to produce animated short film projects using Blender software. An optional internship will be offered following the course, where students can join our team in the production of an animated short film.

AniMissions EMDC - An eight-hour introductory workshop that covers the basics of 2D animation (and some 3D as well). The emphasis will be on how to use Blender to create short, animated videos that share the good news cross-culturally.

What is AniMissions?

Course Content

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Some of the topics covered in AniMissions:

  • Frontier Missions

  • Contextualization

  • Culture-Specific Media Strategy

  • Story Development

  • Storyboarding

  • Animation Design

  • Blender Basics

  • Blender Grease Pencil

  • Character Modeling and Rigging

  • Texturing and Rendering

  • 2D and 3D Animation

  • Motion Graphics

  • Sound Design

  • Film Editing

  • Production Management

Upcoming AniMissions Schedule

AniMissions Seminar

  March 13 to April 28, 2023

AniMissions EMDC

  July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

AniMissions Seminar

  September 11 to October 27, 2023


Meet the Instructors


Dave Hudson

Director, Create Taiwan

AniMissions School Leader

Dave graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a BA in Art, and has been a professional illustrator for over 35 years. He and his wife, Wendy, joined Create International in 2008, and pioneered the School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions (SoCAM) in Thailand, in 2010. Since 2002, Dave has taught computer graphics in YWAM schools all over the globe, including the School of Illustration, School of Design, and the School of Digital Communications. His style runs the gamut between realistic technical drawing and whimsical cartoons, in both traditional media and digital art. He has also directed eight animated productions for unreached people groups in Asia.

Tod Polson

Tod Polson

Animation Design

Tod Polson received both his BFA and MFA from The California Institute of the Arts (Cal/Arts) under scholarship from the Walt Disney Co. His student film, Al Tudi Tuhak, won many awards including the Student Oscar. Between degrees, Tod apprenticed under the Oscar winning team of Chuck Jones, and Maurice Noble. Tod has worked extensively as a director, designer, and teacher, helping develop a variety of projects all over the world. Some of these projects include the Emmy award-winning El Tigre for Nickelodeon, the Oscar-nominated feature The Secret of Kells, and the Golden Globe-nominated, The Book Of Life. His animation design book, The Noble Approach, Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation was published by Chronicle Books LLC. Currently, Tod is developing projects big and small from Thailand.


Matthew Ullrey

3D Graphics and Animation

Matthew was raised in a military family moving every three to four years, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in graphic design. After graduating from college, he discovered the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. For many years he honed his painting skills and also received training in computer science. It all came together when he enrolled at Full Sail University in Florida where he continued his education in the field of Computer Animation. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Animation, he is presently working on independent projects and tutoring art students. Matthew is also now an official Bob Ross Instructor who considers himself a “tradigital” artist. He teaches both 3D animation and Bob Ross oil painting (but not at the same time).


Hans Widmer

Sound Design

Hans has had a distinguished 32-year career as a research engineer with the Johns Hopkins University, specializing in underwater acoustics.  He and his wife, Shaina, have extensive cross-cultural experience through having adopted ten children from around the world.  Recently retired, Hans is looking to apply his professional skills and life experience to missions, in particular to producing evangelistic films and animations for cross-cultural audiences.  Hans and Shaina joined YWAM in 2019, and became part of Create Taiwan staff that same year.  Hans participated in the Frontier Film-Making Seminar in which the film, “The Book” was produced for the Inner Mongolians.


If you would like to be trained to reach the unreached through animation and take part in the production of one of our animated films, fill out our online application now. The deadline for submission of the next AniMissions Seminar application is March 1, 2023. For AniMissions EMDC, click the orange button on the right to register at EMDC.

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Neither a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or prior involvement with YWAM are not required for the AniMissions Seminar, or AniMissions EMDC.


Students should have some prior experience using a computer, and some artistic ability. They should have access to a computer (Apple Macintosh recommended, but not required) and a Wacom graphics tablet or equivalent device. A three-button mouse is also helpful. They should also have a reliable Internet connection. You will need to submit one application and one reference form (from your pastor, leader or mentor).


AniMissions is offered in English with some help for speakers of Mandarin Chinese.

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