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Winter 2023: 3D Animation Program / Body Acting
TERM DATES: Jan 2, 2023 - Mar 19, 2023
LEVEL: Intermediate 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Animating Characters, Body Mechanics, Introduction to 3D Lighting, Introduction to 3D Modeling, Introduction to Rigging, Body Mechanics
1. Body Acting
In this course students create a multi-shot pantomime story, learning body kinematics in the context of acting. By using a character's expressive actions and poses, the students learn how to make a character appear to think and make decisions based on external forces or internal motivation. Students learn posing, rhythm, solidity, beats/phrasing, appeal, personality, structure, solid and malleable parts, simplicity of form, straights and curves, texture in timing, thorough blocking, moving holds and how to stage their performance for optimal presentation to an audience. Multiple shot assignments focus on hookups, screen space, and cameras, knowing shot context and importance. With their first serious attempt at storytelling at AnimSchool students express their creativity at a whole new level.

1 - Brainstorm an idea for your multi-shot story animation.
2 - Confirm your story idea and begin planning the animation in detail.
3-7 - Blocking and blocking plus for your characters in the scene.
8-10 - Spline and polish.
11 - Finalizing and submitting assignments.
critique time *
class time
Wednesday 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Robert Manriquez
United States
Joe is currently at Laika, working on Wildwood as a Facial Animator! He has experience animating VR, VFX, Television, and Feature as well as being in Lead and Anim Director positions. Some of his projects include The Sea Beast, Monsters at Work, and Tots! He enjoys doing com...
Ryan OReilly
Ryan is a Senior Animator at Sony Imageworks. Animating since 2004 he has a wide range of experience working on TV, VFX and Animated Feature Films. He has worked with animation legend Glen Kean on the movie "Over the Moon" and animated on the Oscar winning "Spiderman into t...
Tyler Phillips
United States
Tyler is a Character Animator at DreamWorks Animation originally from San Diego, California. After earning his bachelors in Graphic Design, he got his big break in the industry as a compositor in live action working in Prague in 2005. He then did a ninja back flip into...
Luke Randall
 Luke is originally from Australia but now resides in Los Angeles, California where he works as a character animator at Dreamworks Feature Animation. He got his start TV and games before moving into features where he has completed animation on Shrek Forever After, Megam...
Timothy Suarez
United States
Timothy is a currently an animator at DreamWorks Animation. Prior to that, He's worked at studios like Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sony Imageworks, Blizzard, and Blue Sky Studios. He’s also taught at the University of Connecticut where he developed curriculum for CG anima...
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