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Acting for Animators, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0325005805
ISBN-10: 032500580X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Drama; Revised edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032500580X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325005805
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Mr. Hooks has succeeded in condensing years of experience teaching his internationally recognized Master Class "Acting for Animators" into a manageably sized and reasonably priced book & CD combination. This is an expanded 2nd Edition of a title first published in 2000 and now in use around the world, as a source manual and text book, by industry leading professional animators as well as animation students in the most highly regarded animation schools.
Traditional 2D, contemporary 3D, and experimental animators devoted to "telling a story" with their characters will relish the wealth of straightforward insight presented on topics critical to character design and animations development such as movement and body language, power centers, using psychological gestures, scene development, knowing the audience, and much more.
Dispersed throughout "Acting for Animators"- entertainingly illustrating the principals discussed in each chapter- are delightful little line drawn characters from the pen of renowned animator and director Paul Naas. And, not only does this unique and timely book contain a remarkable "Acting Analysis" of the groundbreaking and sure to be classic feature length animation "Iron Giant," it opens with a glowing forward by the film's Director, Brad Bird.
Ed Hooks is the original and still leading "Acting for Animators" teacher called upon by animation studios and schools in the United States and overseas. The contents of this book parallel his teaching perfectly.
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I wish I read this book years ago. I've been animating professionaly for years, but there's information in this book that has given me a different mind set into accomplishing what I need to create.

I've always been able to 'see' faults in my work and fix it without knowing consiously how I made the error in the first place. Now, after reading this book I take a new vantage point and can prevent any errors occuring (usually). I think my style of animation has changed a little too.

The book is fun to read and the chapters are straight to the point. Recommended to every animator.
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I am an animation student beginning my study of acting. This book has proved invaluable. It takes you through step by step how to act out a scene (showing the difference between live acting and animated acting when possible). It briefly touches on the Laban acting method which I had never heard before and tells you just enough to let you know you don't know anything about it. The CD accompanying the book shows some video samples of Laban which seemed pretty obvious and unnecessary. It didn't take away from the book. Just didn't add anything for me.

I've heard from so many animators that complain they weren't taught acting. This book is as close to an acting workshop as you'll ever get.
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As a storyboard artist I found this book fairly helpful in understanding a little bit more about acting and how to incorporate it within my work. I'd say this would best go along with an acting class, reading it alone can only provide so much instruction. Animators and storyboard artists alike can really learn and improve from some significant acting training.
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If you don't understand how emotion is conveyed through motion, your animations will be perfunctory. Devour this book and anything else you can find on this subject. Do acting classes and watch the greatest actors and become them through your animations.

Essential reading.
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There is no better resource than the great Ed Hooks in the art of acting for animators. He literally "wrote the book" and everyone has been copying him since. Highly recommended.
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Recomended for all animators and students.

I used this all thrugh my animation studies and I am very happy with it.

Kind reguards from Stine Mari
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In depth analysis on acting principles. Very informative and helpful to studying animators.
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