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Acting and Animation 2

What is good acting?

When I ask my students what they think good acting is, the first answer is usually “believable acting”. But credibility is only one side of the story. Good acting is believable and interesting. In my opinion, these two attributes wholly define good acting. With this idea as an axiom, we will try to separately analyze what makes acting believable, and what makes it interesting.

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My feeling is that in the past few years, while there’s been great progress technology-wise, the art of acting in animation 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.

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For the next several months, the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive will be hosting Animation Salons on the third Saturday evening of every month. These events are free and open to the animation community.

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I even did my biography report on him in the 5th grade.  You know – the one where you dress up like the person you’re doing a bio on?  Yah, well, I dressed up like Mel Blanc (which just meant wearing a business suit and drawing on a fake moustache).  I mean, it’s not like people knew what he looked like anyway, right?

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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. Come to Your Design Needs a one stop point were you’ll find a free links resource to all your design requirement and numerous resources to assist you in visualizing the design of your project. You can connect with an array of sites related to Design Training.

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