The title of this tutorial is a bit misleading as are the tutorial highlights.
If you are expecting to learn about how simple mechanisms work, it is not here.
The run time on this tutorial is less than an hour. In this time frame Richard Landon attempts to cover everything he knows about a job he has been doing for many, many years. I really like Richard's work and was looking forward to this video. Every topic that is covered lasts roughly 2 minutes, with only some chapters taking 5 minutes and these are because Richard is showing all of the tools he uses in his work.
Most of what he shows are very high level views of some of the mechanisms you can build. What you can make, once you know how it's done.
This tutorial is really disappointing and not worth the money. What needs to be done is to take all of these chapters and make them into their own tutorial so that the information can be distilled into something that a student, especially a beginning student can follow. An example of this is Chapter 12, which is roughly 3 minutes showing tentacle mechanisms. It is a nice overview, but nothing that most people interested in learning how to do tentacle effects don't already know. I see that Richard has done a tutorial just on "cable mechanism basics - tentacles." That tutorial is over 2 and a half hours long. This is what I am talking about. I have not yet purchased this tutorial, but I hope it is more informative on how and why things work than this tutorial was.
This was my first disappointment with the tutorials offered by the school.