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Comedy For Animators

There is a great blog called Comedy For Animators… check it out! The goal is to teach animators about the art of physical comedy as practiced by the masters. About Comedy for Animators Intended for animators, story artists, writers and development executives, Comedy for Animators is a book written to introduce you to the remarkable art of physical comedy.   If you want to make  funny cartoons, it’s critical to understand this unique history of characters and stories.   Animation teachers have long told…

Pixar Emotions
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Acting – Emotions Of Pixar

Emotions Of Pixar from Lindsay McCutcheon on Vimeo.  In anticipation of “Inside Out”, I made a video showcasing the emotions in Pixar movies. Edited By Lindsay McCutcheon Music: Breathe Me – Sia & You Know We Can’t Go Back – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Movies: Toy Story A Bug’s Life Toy Story 2 Monster’s Inc Finding Nemo The Incredibles Cars Ratatouille Wall-E Up Toy Story 3 Brave Monster’s University     …

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Acting – Sympathetic Doesn’t Have To Mean Likable

Sympathetic Doesn’t Have To Mean Likable from Jennine Lanouette on Vimeo. Likeability VS Vulnerability in your characters is the difference between sympathy and EMPATHY in your work.  You want your audience to EMPATHIZE with your characters.  I was looking at some pitches yesterday from students for new comedic acting pieces and many were pretty brutal with anger, pain or intensity of emotions that needed more backstory.  If you do not set-up the character in some way to have a vulnerable…

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Richard Hickey – Francis

Richard Hickey – Francis from Not To Scale on Vimeo. I am covering cinematic tension with my students at USC this week.   This piece nails how to build cinematic tension… lovely! The story of ‘Francis’ came about interestingly from famed radio show ‘This American Life’. Broadcaster Ira Glass asked 6 American writers to create a short story about Adventure. One ofthese stories written by novelist & screenwriter Dave Eggars, it was read on the show to much acclaim and…

Honesty in Acting
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Ten Things to Think About – #8 Honesty

10 Things to Think About – from the book Thinking Animation by Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff.   This is one of the lectures I use at the online school ianimate.net.  I created this list for my book Thinking Animation to help animators create a clear and solid message with their work.  I will post the 10 Things to Think About over the course of the next 10 weeks.  ~Enjoy! #8  Honesty: A shy character would never jump out front…

Psychological Gesture
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Learning – Ten Things to Think About – #7 Texture and Psychological Gesture

10 Things to Think About – from the book Thinking Animation by Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff.   This is one of the lectures I use at the online school ianimate.net.  I created this list for my book Thinking Animation to help animators create a clear and solid message with their work.  I will post the 10 Things to Think About over the course of the next 10 weeks.  ~Enjoy! #7 Texture and Psychological Gesture: Psychological gesture is a great…

Acting Simplify
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Learning – Ten Things to Think About – #6 Simplify

10 Things to Think About – from the book Thinking Animation by Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff.   This is one of the lectures I use at the online school ianimate.net.  I created this list for my book Thinking Animation to help animators create a clear and solid message with their work.  I will post the 10 Things to Think About over the course of the next 10 weeks.  ~Enjoy! The story goes… There is one shot in this sequence…

Empathy - Gregory Peck
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Learning – Ten Things to Think About – #5 Empathy

10 Things to Think About – from the book Thinking Animation by Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff.   This is one of the lectures I use at the online school ianimate.net.  I created this list for my book Thinking Animation to help animators create a clear and solid message with their work.  I will post the 10 Things to Think About over the course of the next 10 weeks.  ~Enjoy! #5 Empathy:  If the audience does not empathize with your…

Experiement
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Learning – Ten Things to Think About – #3 Experiment

10 Things to Think About – from the book Thinking Animation by Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff.   This is one of the lectures I use at the online school ianimate.net.  I created this list for my book Thinking Animation to help animators create a clear and solid message with their work.  I will post the 10 Things to Think About over the course of the next 10 weeks.  ~Enjoy! #3 Experiment Try every idea that comes to you! Monty…