Acting for Animators: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation

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Overview

Animators need to know a lot about acting, but they don't need to know everything. Acting for Animators sorts out the acting theory that animators need, presenting it in a form and with references that are more relevant to the animator's world. It explores the connections between thinking and physical action, between thinking and emotion; it provides the steps for an effective character analysis and the dynamics of a scene. Using references to animation and live action, acting principles are highlighted and explained. Plus, the accompanying CD-ROM provides explicit examples, including videoclips of improvs based on the seven essentials of acting and highlights of Rudolph Laban's movement theory.

This revised edition is illustrated by Paul Naas, an animator and director whose work includes film, TV, video games, location-based entertainment, and Internet animation. He was one of the first animator/instructors hired by the Disney Institute.

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“Ed Hooks is Stanislavsky for animators, but fun! I advise all my animation students to read Ed's amazingly insightful book.”–Dave Quesnelle, Professor of Animation, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

“Ed Hooks' Acting for Animators was the first book on the subject and is still the best. His analysis of character motivation and expressing emotion is the difference between animating and just moving furniture.”–Gene Hamm, Animation instructor, Academy of Art College, San Francisco

“Character animators, using pencils and/or pixels, will discover a wealth of information about how to make their characters express empathetic emotions in the revised edition of this book. . . . Highly recommended.”–John Canemaker, Animator/Director of Animation, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

“If I can't figure out what is wrong with one of my characters, I can pick up Ed's book, scan for just a short while, and come back with my direction. It's the I Ching for animators.”–Matt Brunner, Director, Xbox

“Wonderful teaching! Ed Hooks is fascinated and fascinating.”–Michael Dudok de Wit, Winner, Academy Award, Short Animation, Father and Daughter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325005805
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Hooks has been a respected acting teacher for three decades. In his work with animators, he has taught for many leading studios, including Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks/PDI, Electronic Arts, Rockstar, Will Vinton Studios, Valve, BioWare, Tippett Studio, Wild Brain, OddWorld Inhabitants, Microsoft (X-Box/Fasa Studio) and Sony Computer Entertainment America. In addition, he has been a featured speaker/teacher at many international animation conferences, festivals and schools. Hooks welcomes questions or comments-just email him at edhooks@edhooks.com or visit his website: www.ActingForAnimators.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Seven Essential Acting Concepts 1
2 The Audience 11
3 The Character 18
4 The Scene 29
5 Movement 55
6 Speech 76
7 The Camera 79
8 Technique 82
9 The Form 97
10 The Medium 102
11 Classroom Exercises 111
12 The Iron Giant: An Acting Analysis 116
13 Postscript: What Is Method Acting? 124
Recommended Reading and Additional Study 126
Works Cited 128
About the CD 130
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