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Acting for Animators

Acting for Animators
Your Price: $42.95 CDN
Author: Ed Hooks
Foreword by: Brad Bird
Illustrated by: Paul Naas
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 177
Pub. Date: 2011
Edition: 3rd
ISBN-10: 0415580242
ISBN-13: 9780415580243

About the Book:

This indispensable acting guidebook for animators has been fully updated and improved!

The actor in an animation is the character on the screen, but it is the animator who must endow the character with the illusion of life. In Acting for Animators, author and teacher Ed Hooks codifies how animators can learn and apply classic acting theory, not as stage actors do, but in a way that pertains directly to the task of the animator as storyteller.

To do this, the animator must understand the connections between thinking, emotion and physical action, which are the building blocks of human behaviour. Ed Hooks uses basic acting theory to explain everything from character movement and facial expressions to interaction and scene construction. Just as acting on film and on stage are very different disciplines, so is the use of acting theory in creating an animated character, scene or story. Ed Hooks pioneered acting training specifically for animators (as opposed to stage and movie actors), and Acting for Animators is basis for his widely taught masterclass. His system is used by leading animation schools internationally, and this book is full of essential craft tips from an acting master.

New to this revised and expanded edition of Acting for Animators:

• scene-by-scene analysis of six films, including Up, Coraline and Kung Fu Panda
• an expanded chapter on video game animation
• all-new illustrations
• a 500 word history of acting

What people say:

"By intelligently and thoughtfully examining character animation from an actor's perspective, Mr. Hooks has made a valuable contribution toward deepening our understanding of it." — Brad Bird, from the Foreword

About the Author:

Ed Hooks has been a nationally recognized actor, teacher, and columnist for more than 30 years. He has appeared in more than 100 television shows and is the author of four books, including Acting for Animators.