Sunday, December 8, 2013

James Baxter - Notes on Acting for Animation


Animators are the ones that throw the switch; the ones who make an audience forget that they are animated characters. The most important thing is to try and find the truth. But you can’t do this by “method” animating. You can’t be in the moment for the length of time it takes to complete a scene. Actors do, while animators describe. Best note of the day: You don’t have to do improv classes (Yeah!) When you act out a scene, it’s important to remember that it is your body you are acting with, not your character’s. Your character can do things your body can’t (and is probably better at them as well). Bill Tytla was the first animator to take acting in animation seriously.

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