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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Drama; Bk&CD-Rom edition (October 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325002290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325002293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hooks has made a valuable contribution toward deepening our understanding of [animation]. -- Brad Bird

More About the Author

After working as a professional actor for 27 years and teaching professional-level acting for 15 or so years, I was invited in 1996 to teach an acting class for the animators at DreamWorks/PDI in Palo Alto, California. They were working on a movie entitled "Antz", which would turn out to be only the second CG movie ever made. The first was "Toy Story" I had landed at a transitional point for the animation industry, and what happened there literally changed my life. It was at DreamWorks/PDI that I learned how animators perceive and apply acting theory, which is markedly different from the way that stage and movie actors do it. Given a green light by studio executives, I experimented with ways to teach acting theory specifically to animators, and the result was what today is explained in my book "Acting for Animators, revised 3rd edition" published 2011 by Routledge.

Even I am amazed by the journey I have taken with animators. There have been many thousands of students, the majority of them working pros, in studios and schools from L.A. to Sydney to Beijing, Singapore, Germany and India -- and many more cities. My Acting for Animators master class is now a respected and popular part of the animation industry.

This is an incredibly exciting time for the animation industry. It has been less than 20 years since "Toy Story" was released. Look at how far animation has advanced. Now try to imagine where it might be 20 years from now. Amazing.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Kelly, author on March 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a dense, thoughtful work, of lasting value, which will reward careful study. Hooks writes in an easily readable style, concisely and directly, about the most difficult and elusive portion of the art of character animation. Buy this book before you buy any other character animation title, or for that matter, before you choose software or other animation tools. You will find that Hooks' advice will also improve your script and storyboard development. One of the problems with books about computer-based character animation, such as my own "Character Animation In Depth", is that they lose value as the software they are written for becomes obsolete. Hooks' work will retain its value for a long time. Buy a copy, keep it handy, reread it frequently, and don't loan it to friends; you won't get it back. Give them a copy, instead. Highly recommended.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2001
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I have read about 40 pages and am considering stopping there. This book could be helpful for beginners... but there are definitely better wasy to start. I have been animating characters professionally for a number of years and from what I have read, can't see much in it that could be of use. Ed Hooks takes a long time to get to the point, and obvious points they are, followed by about 20 examples, then says "get it?" At one point he takes about half a page explaining whay he likes to use the word "negotion" rather than "conflict". And as for his opinions, eg all womens motivation being to find a man to support them and for breeding.... oh man, just don't go there!!!! The CD that comes with the book is just plain terrible. I don't even know where to start... little movies of people flopping about.. and acting badly...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
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I was very disappointed after reading this book as somehow Ed manages to be vague about making mostly irrelevant points and he writes with a particularly narrowminded, old-fashioned attitude (particularly when it comes to women). I have been a professional character animator for a couple of years now and I found that the book contained very little of any interest or help, Ed Hooks doesn't even begin to give the topic any justice. It may contain a few points that could be helpful to animation students just starting out but then I would strongly recommend that they take some acting classes instead to get some practical experience or spend their hard-earned money on the "Illusion of Life" (if they can find it)or for that matter just about any other book on this subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Granderson on May 29, 2001
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The outer design of this book and cdrom seem to suggest a very professional, straight forward approach while actually the under lying concept is rather like an informal workshop.
Not everyone may appreciate the style of presentation but the information is some very good material for aspiring or established animators looking into character animation. It is mostly a study of motivation. I must add that the cd that came with this book is on crack. Actually I thourouly enjoyed it. If you ever tire of the book just pop the cd into your computer while you have some friends over. The aghast look on thier faces, as they watch these actors be attacked by unseen forces, is aboslutely priceless and well worth the cost of the cd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gipson Shoemaker III on March 5, 2001
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As a novice animator recently graduated, I am really glad I picked up this book. I bought it more out of curiosity than anything else. I am glad to say that I was surprised to find this much useful information in such a consice form. The book highlights many different acting forms and excersices without rambling on endlessly, and more importantly does so from an animators point of view. An animator has to approach acting from an almost backwards way, which is addressed a lot in this book. Another nice feature is that the auther cites many other references and books on the subjects he discusses, so you are free to study even further on subjects that are impotant to you. The nice thing about that is that he's done the research for you. Hooks keeps things light, easy to understand, and interesting for artists and animators of all skill levels. The only minor complaint I could voice about this book would be the lack of artwork displaying the points discussed. After reading the book myself I think this is due to the fact Hooks is trying to avoid making a generic, cookie cutter, how to book. He succeeds, so I won't complain too much. Overall, best money I've spent on an animation book in a long time! I don't care how long you've been in the industry, you'll learn something from this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By smohadjer on November 23, 2002
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I found the content of this book too thin to justify the price. There was really not much stuff in it that I didn't already know, which is a shame considering that I have never been trained in acting. As a character animator, I also find the title somehow decieving since most of the topic could be covered in any acting book and in most parts, it was not really animation related. I wish I had spent my money on a general purpose acting book with more content.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2003
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I've been working in animation for 7 years professionally and bought this book with some hesitation, based on the negative reviews here. As it turns out, I LOVE THIS BOOK! There isn't the polish and thickness that I'm used to seeing in other books, but the heart of it is extremely useful. If you want to create a film (student, festival, or even Hollywood) you need to know the contents of this book. Otherwise, nobody will really care about all the work you've done to animate your characters. Further, I've added myself to Ed's monthly newsletter email list. It's a terrific support for what he teaches in his book. I believe you can sign up for it at the Acting for Animators website.
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