Animated Performance: Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human and Fantasy Characters to Life

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AVA Publishing, Sep 15, 2010 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
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In Animated Performance you will discover the many ways in which a character's movements will vary according to the emotional or narrative context of their situation.

The many tips, examples and exercises will help you harness the flexibility of animation to portray an almost unlimited variety of characters and ensure that no two performances are ever alike. In addition, more than 200 illustrations show how animal and fantasy characters can live and move without losing their non-human qualities and interviews with Disney animators Art Babbitt, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Ellen Woodbury make this a unique insight into bringing a whole world of characters to life.

 

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Contents

Foreword
6
Preface
8
Design for living
12
Character and story context
40
Is sex necessary?
66
Animal actors
94
Fantastic performance
128
The performer as object
158
Animating character interactions
186
Character development over time
218
Inspiration and reference
228
Index
230
Acknowledgements
232
Back Cover
233
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Nancy Beiman is a professor at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada. She has produced, directed, designed, storyboarded, and animated for television commercials, specials, features, and new media projects. Her employers have included The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers Animation, and Bill Melendez Productions. Nancy has been teaching at college level since 2000, and her first book, Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, has been adopted as a standard text by animation schools around the world.

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