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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Animator Nancy Beiman demonstrates how animators need not be constrained by the bodily limitations that restrict human actors. Students will learn how species, weight, and design affect character actions, so that no two character performances are ever alike.

The book also examines the ways in which an individual character's movements vary with the emotional or narrative context. Hundreds of thumbnail drawings show how cloth, paper, wood, stone, animal, invertebrate, winged, aquatic and mechanical beings can live and move without losing their non-human qualities.

 

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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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About the author (2010)

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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