Acting for Animators: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation, Volume 1

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Pearson Education, 2003 - Performing Arts - 130 pages
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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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Contents

Seven Essential Acting Concepts
3
The Audience II
9
The Character
18
The Scene
29
Movement
55
Speech
76
The Camera
79
Technique
82
The Medium
102
Classroom Exercises
111
An Acting Analysis
117
What Is Method Acting?
124
Recommended Reading and Additional Study
127
Works Cited
128
About the CD
130
Copyright

The Form
97

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About the author (2003)

ED HOOKS has been a professional actor and respected acting teacher for three decades. He has taught acting to animators at many leading studios, including Disney Animation, Lucas Learning, and Electronic Arts. He has also been a featured speaker at international animation conferences and festivals. Hooks welcomes questions or comments - just email him at edhooks@edhooks.com or visit his website: www.ActingForAnimators.com.

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