Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films

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Powerful and empathetic performance in character animation requires far more from the animator than an ability to manipulate pixels or draw characters. You must have a strong understanding of the relationship between thinking, emotion and physical action plus dynamic scene construction. Renowned for his now-classic Acting for Animators, Ed Hooks shows you in Acting in Animation what best-practice performance principles look like on celluloid.

Keyed for use with the DVD versions of twelve animated films and loaded with spot-on analysis, acting tips, and valuable insight, Acting in Animation is like sitting down with Ed Hooks to watch the movies. Ed breaks each one down sequence by sequence and gives you useful notes on how the animators of classics successfully imbued their characters with feeling. You'll see firsthand how attending to essential acting principles like choice, negotiation, conflict, and empathy creates unforgettable characters and believable storylines. Hooks also deconstructs some not-so classics to illustrate how by neglecting good acting technique the filmmakers missed opportunities to have their characters bond with the audience.

Want to make your animation more powerful? Go to the movies with Ed Hooks. Read Acting in Animation and find out how quality acting inspires great animation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007052
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.39 (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 or visit his website:
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Performance Depends on Your Perspective x
How the Movies for This Book Were Selected xi
How to Use This Book xi
Regarding Movie Production Credits xii
Some Essential Acting Principles xiii
Movie Analyses
1 Charlotte's Web 1
2 Dumbo 12
3 Pinocchio 20
4 Treasure Planet 33
5 Monsters, Inc. 50
6 Grave of the Fireflies 67
7 Toy Story 2 84
8 Spirited Away 99
9 The Emperor's New Groove 111
10 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 125
11 The Road to El Dorado 144
12 Tarzan 158
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