Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Class 4 (Advanced Acting) Begins

Mentor Nicole Herr, a career animator who grew up in an artistic environment has an impressive amount of experience in the industry too long to mention. I watched Nicole's ecritiques in other classes at Animation Mentor and her approach is direct, short and to the point, but with just the right amount of humor thrown in to illustrate a point. I find her style of mentoring palatable and her extensive knowledge of the profession reassuring.

Among her many great accomplishments are these hits

Some of the students that I will share the class with again are Rachel Hanson, Dylan Hunter, and Peter Huh who was with me in the Maya Springboard class.The rest of the class has an impressive level of talent and imagination which is always great to help feed each other inspiration and trigger original ideas and discussions.

I am super excited to get started on the facial animation of my last shot from Kevin's class as well as to delve into the two person dialogue.

The journey continues.

Monday, March 23, 2009

End of Class 3

So, this is the last week of Class 3. It has been by far the most informative and challenging term. Kevin Koch is a special mentor. He gives the longest and most detailed ecritiques than any other mentor, by far. The immense knowledge that he shared with the class will be with me forever. No moment was wasted in any of the Q&As, that's because he always came prepared with notes or a topic he or the students wanted to discuss.

The weekly lectures were phenomenal in their content. They were given by leading industry animators. The subjects covered pantomime acting, body language and gestures, secondary actions, phrasing, dialogue, eye blinks, entertainment principles, hand gestures, and sincerity in acting. Some of the lectures were step by step walk through while others covered broad principles.

I am not going to post the dialogue shot that I worked on since it won't be finished until the first quarter of the next semester where we'll be working on facial expressions, so, stay tuned for that one.

On to Class 4