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Acting and Performance for Animation

1st Edition

By Derek Hayes


357 pages

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Character animation involves more than the principles of animation and the mechanics of motion. Unique, believeable characters that think, feel and captivate your audience are ones that involve emotion, performance, personality, acting and story. Successful animators balance all of these elements within a single character and narrative. With Acting and Performance for Animation, discover how to create dynamic, dramatic performances and believeable character interaction. An invaluable resource for animators, Acting and Performance for Animators is a practical guide to the variety of performance techniques relevant to animators. Develop believable character interactions with chapters detailing the principles of performance, performance types, character emotion and personality, physical and psychological performance, and scene composition. Analyze scripts, sound,acting, action and performance with the practical hints and tips, hands-on assignments and animated examples featured in an extensive guide for animators working in film, TV, games and commercials. Explore different performance techniques based upon the experiences of seasoned animators with case studies featuring John Lasseter, Ray Harryhausen, Nick Park, Joanna Quinn. Expand your own performance techniques with the accompanying DVD which will feature live action reference shorts, production stills, animated examples, and further hands-on assignments.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Aspects of Acting for Animation, Format and Audience; Character and Personality; Principles of Performance; Physical Performance; Psychological Performance; Scene Composition; Types of Performance; Referencing for Performance; Sound; Case Studies; Assignments; Reference and Research; Index

About the Author

Derek Hayes is a film director with over thirty years of experience. He has consulted on numerous children TV projects including Cartwn Cymru "Friends and Heroes", Character Shop and Knight Rider. He has worked with Aardman Studios as a development coordinator. He also is the animation director and co-founder of Animation City, a studio in London. Derek has also directed music videos for Madonna, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Tom Jones. He won the Epiphany prize for his work on The Miracle Maker and the Grand Prix award for his work on Prince Cinders. Dereke is currently the president of Jury for the Animation and TV at the Cairo International Film Festival and is on the BAFTA Animation jury.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Digital
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Video & Animation