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Acting for Animators: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation [Paperback]

Ed Hooks
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books,U.S.; Bk&CD-Rom edition (20 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325002290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325002293
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 19.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until now, animators who have wanted to learn about acting have had no option but to study the subject side by side with stage and moive actors, a group that uses acting techniques in a wholly different way. Ed Hooks offers a better alternative with Acting for Animators, the first book about acting theory and technique written specifically for the animator. Animators need to know a lot about acting, but they don't 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 animator's 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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars clear, helpful and never closed! 4 May 2001
contained most of the things i needed to know, plus a few things i didn't need to know! overal it was clear and helped in the areas it needed to and came to a great help when animating a character. reasonable price- most books similar to this are a lot more expensive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but very thin 6 Mar 2003
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Don't expect a book. This thing is only slightly thicker than a broadsheet, but it's full of nice little tips and is the perfect primer to kick you off into further reading or personal study.
The style of the book is more of a rough guide to subjects associated with acting for animators, rather than a definitive volume teaching you how to do it, but it does make you think of animation from a different point of view and offers a starting point from which to take your learning further if you so wish.
Toward the middle of the book, the author starts to get bored and each chapter gets shorter and shorter. But overall, there's nothing else out there like this, and I learned a few a things from it. No doubt I'll be referring back to it next time I'm stuck!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book with "Some" helpfull info 10 Oct 2004
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This book will not teach you anything about modeling. It is purely about the technicalities of "Acting" and how best they apply in modern Animation techniques.
This book will not make any major revelations to you; in fact some times you do think it is stating the obvious. But having said that, it dose point out some very interesting observations, gives you some valuable professional insight and will enhance and refine your techniques for a more natural and convincing production.
A must?? No. But defiantly a handy addition to your library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Title is too limiting; non-animators should also read 6 Mar 2001
By Doug Kelly, author - Published on Amazon.com
This is a dense, thoughtful work, of lasting value, which will reward careful study. Hooks writes in an easily readable style, concisely and directly, about the most difficult and elusive portion of the art of character animation. Buy this book before you buy any other character animation title, or for that matter, before you choose software or other animation tools. You will find that Hooks' advice will also improve your script and storyboard development. One of the problems with books about computer-based character animation, such as my own "Character Animation In Depth", is that they lose value as the software they are written for becomes obsolete. Hooks' work will retain its value for a long time. Buy a copy, keep it handy, reread it frequently, and don't loan it to friends; you won't get it back. Give them a copy, instead. Highly recommended.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars can I return it? 11 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have read about 40 pages and am considering stopping there. This book could be helpful for beginners... but there are definitely better wasy to start. I have been animating characters professionally for a number of years and from what I have read, can't see much in it that could be of use. Ed Hooks takes a long time to get to the point, and obvious points they are, followed by about 20 examples, then says "get it?" At one point he takes about half a page explaining whay he likes to use the word "negotion" rather than "conflict". And as for his opinions, eg all womens motivation being to find a man to support them and for breeding.... oh man, just don't go there!!!! The CD that comes with the book is just plain terrible. I don't even know where to start... little movies of people flopping about.. and acting badly...
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 22 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was very disappointed after reading this book as somehow Ed manages to be vague about making mostly irrelevant points and he writes with a particularly narrowminded, old-fashioned attitude (particularly when it comes to women). I have been a professional character animator for a couple of years now and I found that the book contained very little of any interest or help, Ed Hooks doesn't even begin to give the topic any justice. It may contain a few points that could be helpful to animation students just starting out but then I would strongly recommend that they take some acting classes instead to get some practical experience or spend their hard-earned money on the "Illusion of Life" (if they can find it)or for that matter just about any other book on this subject.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars odd, but "useful" 29 May 2001
By M. Granderson - Published on Amazon.com
The outer design of this book and cdrom seem to suggest a very professional, straight forward approach while actually the under lying concept is rather like an informal workshop.
Not everyone may appreciate the style of presentation but the information is some very good material for aspiring or established animators looking into character animation. It is mostly a study of motivation. I must add that the cd that came with this book is on crack. Actually I thourouly enjoyed it. If you ever tire of the book just pop the cd into your computer while you have some friends over. The aghast look on thier faces, as they watch these actors be attacked by unseen forces, is aboslutely priceless and well worth the cost of the cd.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acting for Animators 5 Mar 2001
By Gipson Shoemaker III - Published on Amazon.com
As a novice animator recently graduated, I am really glad I picked up this book. I bought it more out of curiosity than anything else. I am glad to say that I was surprised to find this much useful information in such a consice form. The book highlights many different acting forms and excersices without rambling on endlessly, and more importantly does so from an animators point of view. An animator has to approach acting from an almost backwards way, which is addressed a lot in this book. Another nice feature is that the auther cites many other references and books on the subjects he discusses, so you are free to study even further on subjects that are impotant to you. The nice thing about that is that he's done the research for you. Hooks keeps things light, easy to understand, and interesting for artists and animators of all skill levels. The only minor complaint I could voice about this book would be the lack of artwork displaying the points discussed. After reading the book myself I think this is due to the fact Hooks is trying to avoid making a generic, cookie cutter, how to book. He succeeds, so I won't complain too much. Overall, best money I've spent on an animation book in a long time! I don't care how long you've been in the industry, you'll learn something from this book!
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