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4.0 out of 5 stars A good foundation for acting study, 30 July 2010
This review is from: Acting for Animators: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation (Paperback)
Ed Hooks is renowned amongst animation professionals for his engaging acting classes aimed at animators. He has been hired by many of the major studios including Disney Animation, Dreamworks, BlueSky and Sony. This modest paperback book brings you the essentials of those classes. It describes, in an easy to read style, techniques that may be applied to create engaging animation, promoting the use of story and emotion to encourage audience empathy with characters.

Hooks uses examples from film as well as animation to illustrate each of his concepts. He also gives brief introductions to many acting theorists, enough for the reader to understand the theories, without necessarily having to read the original texts.

At the end of the book there are several acting exercises for the reader. These exercises all work best with a group so try them out with your class or find a few friends and practice them together.

Included with the book, is a CD-Rom of videos further illustrating some of the concepts discussed in the text. While it is a little basis, some may find it useful for its demonstrations of the "efforts" of Rudolf Laban.

This is a pretty useful book. It was short enough that I could read it in a couple of evenings and it gave me just enough of an introduction to theories for me to be able to decide which ones I wanted to learn more about. The animation specific acting pointers were useful as well, such as considering what the character may have been doing before the shot started and what they may be going to do when it's over. So, while brief, I would recommend this book to anybody who's finding their animation isn't quite working - all the motion is there but there isn't that spark that makes it perfect. This book will give you the advice you need to make believable, engaging animation.
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