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Acting and Flash Animations 1

Flash Animations“An animator is an actor with a pencil”, goes the oldest and truest animation cliché. Not “a draftsman that acts”, but first and foremost – an actor. If you’re trying to tell a story through a character, inevitably you’re an actor. The only question is whether you are a good actor or a bad one.

My feeling is that in the past few years, while there’s been great progress technology-wise, the art of acting in Flash Animations has been abandoned. Compared with the acting quality of characters such as Shere-Khan (The Jungle Book), Captain Hook (Peter Pan) and others, today’s characters are pale, dull, and lack personality. In better cases, an exceptionally interesting voice-talent saves the day (Robin Williams as the genie in Aladdin); but usually the script alone is responsible for providing the characters with some sort of personality.

In the various internet forums one can find threads concerning software, Design Tutorials, textures – some even talk about movement – but it’s rare to read something about acting. I haven’t yet seen a comment saying something like “the animation is good, but the character has no personality”. It seems that the level of expectations is so low, that it’s enough for an animator not to make technical errors. Would you consider praising a writer simply because he made no spelling mistakes?

Logo DesignIn the following article I have put on paper my thoughts considering acting in Flash Animations, which apply to any form of character animation – including 3D. The article is not meant to provide a “good acting in animation” formula – simply because such a formula does not exist. Every animator has his personal attitude, every film has needs of its own, and undoubtedly there are other ways of getting good acting. The goal is to propose a “toolbox” for the actor/animator, and maybe raise – even a little – the animators’ awareness of acting in animation.


March 17, 2009 - Posted by | Design News, Design Training, Design Tutorials, Fonts Download, Free Photoshop Brushes, Free Web Templates, illustrations, photoshop brushes, Stock Photography, Web Design | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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