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

ISBN-10: 032500580X

ISBN-13: 9780325005805

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Ed Hooks, Brad Bird

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Ed Hooks is Stanislavsky for animators, but fun! I advise all my animation students to read Ed's amazingly insightful book. - Dave Quesnelle, Professor of Animation, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Ed Hooks' Acting for Animators was the first book on the subject and is still the best. His analysis of character motivation and expressing emotion is the difference between animating and just moving furniture. - Gene Hamm, Animation instructor, Academy of Art College, San Francisco Character animators, using pencils and/or pixels, will discover a wealth of information about how to make their characters express empathetic emotions in the revised edition of this book. . . . Highly recommended. - John Canemaker, Animator/Director of Animation, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University If I can't figure out what is wrong with one of my characters, I can pick up Ed's book, scan for just a short while, and come back with my direction. It's the I Ching for animators. - Matt Brunner, Director, Xbox Wonderful teaching! Ed Hooks is fascinated and fascinating. - Michael Dudok de Wit, Winner, Academy Award, Short Animation, Father and Daughter Animators need to know a lot about acting, but they dont need to know everything. Acting for Animators sorts out the acting theory that animators need, presenting it in a form and with references that are more relevant to the animators world. It explores the connections between thinking and physical action, between thinking and emotion; it provides the steps for an effective character analysis and the dynamics of a scene. Using references to animation and live action, acting principles are highlighted and explained. Plus, the accompanying CD-ROM provides explicit examples, including videoclips of improvs based on the seven essentials of acting and highlights of Rudolph Labans movement theory. This revised edition is illustrated by Paul Naas, an animator and director whose work includes film, TV, video games, location-based entertainment, and Internet animation. He was one of the first animator/instructors hired by the Disney Institute.
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List price: $23.73
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 9/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.50" wide x 8.05" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Ed Hooks is a professional actor, acting coach, and writer, whose past students include Heather Locklear and Teri Hatcher. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows including Murder, She Wrote, Home Improvement, and Golden Girls. He has taught a class on acting for animators, including the animators for the hit film Antz. Hooks's works include The Audition Book; for the beginning and experienced actor, it explains how to give winning auditions for stage, film, commercials, or television shows. Each type of audition is thoroughly outlined and includes strategies for handling stage fright and locating an agent. His other books include The Ultimate Scene & Monologue Sourcebook, which references more than 1,000 scenes from hundreds of plays. Anyone interested in acting can benefit from the decades of experience Ed Hooks shares with the readers.

Seven Essential Acting Concepts
The Audience
The Scene
Movement and Body Language
The Camera
The Form
The Medium
Classroom Exercises
The Iron Giant: An Acting Analysis
Postscript: What Is Method Acting?
Recommended Reading and Other Resources
Works Cited
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