Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Long Time No Post :) AM week 401-405

Hey people!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in such a long time, I hope some of you are still checking the blog every now and then.

Right now I'm in the middle of Class 4, Introduction to Acting. So we are supposed to deal with pantomime acting, body language, gestures and dialogue. The focus is not on body mechanics anymore, although that is still important of course.
It's not about making nice and believable movement, it's about what the character does and how he does it, what he thinks and feels and how is expressing that in the body and face. The movement still needs to be done well and believable, but there is a whole new dimension added and it's more about making the right choices for poses and gestures instead of "just making it move well".

My Mentor for this term is Marek Kochout, animator at DreamWorks for over 10 years. He worked on Shrek 4, Monsters vs. Aliens, Bee Movie, Over the Hedge, Madagascar, Shrek2, Sinbad, Spirit, Road to Eldorado. Before that he worked for Disney Australia on such films as the Aladdin sequels. He is a really cool Mentor, a fun and positive guy and he has experience in both 3D and 2D, which is awesome.
I can't believe that we're already half-way through the term again, this is going by so fast!!

So here comes the first assignment which was pantomime acting without facial expressions or dialogue. We were supposed to find a scenario where we could show two contrasting beats or emotions, which had to be expressed through body language and timing.

I'll include the different steps in reverse order, from close to final to blocking and planning.
I still want to do a nice rendering, but didn't get to it yet...

Week 405 - Polishing:

Week 404 - Refining:

Week 403 - Blocking Plus:

Week 402 - Blocking:

Week 401 - Planning:

Layout and Thumbnails

Pantomime Ideas

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