Saturday, July 28, 2018

How an environment makes your animation BETTER! - part 2

Part 2 of How an Environment Makes your Animation BETTER series looks at Star Trek, Skull Island, Batman vs Superman, Lord of the Rings, Tomb Raider, Iron Man 2 and the new Godzilla trailer to showcase how your character can be affected by the environment and how it can and should alter the performance.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

All the Money in the World - Acting Analysis

This Acting Analysis clip looks at the movie "All the Money in the World" and the examples cover how characters can be affected by their costume, outside environments (more on that in my FNAs), body posture changes based on emotions and lipsync tips.

Animation Workshop Krystal Huynh #1

Friday, July 20, 2018

How an environment makes your animation BETTER! - part 1

This is the start of a multi part series again, almost an unofficial "How to take your animation to the next level" part 6, but this time I'm talking about environments and it's a subject I want to dedicate its own series to.
I'm starting with the simple yet very important distinction: has your character been in that environment before or is the first time? Your acting choices will be different depending on your answer and a set and environment can inspire your acting choices tremendously!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

ER (Season 1) - Acting Analysis

For this Acting Analysis clip I'm looking at season 1 of the TV show "ER", specifically episode 12 "Happy New Year" and episode 14 "Long Day's Journey".
John Carter (played by Noah Wyle) seems to be dominating all the clips I'm going to show, with his awesome pantomime actions and reactions, but other characters and moments will be featured as well of course.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Food Thief - Teaser Shot and Rig Demo

Sonder: Animated Film Made with Unity

Julian Teo Pixar Reel - Animation Analysis

Julian Teo's Pixar Internship 2016 Animation Demo Reel is always being shown in my classes and his shot of Inside Out's Riley is such a good example of a strong pantomime acting performance within a set and how a set can influence your acting choices and marry both the character and the set together so that the character feels alive within that environment.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

How to take your animation TO THE NEXT LEVEL - part 5

Okay... one more! This really is the last part of the How To Take Your Animation To The Next Level series (at least in this form!). I had to add one more part because of the awesomeness of this clip I'm talking about! The body mechanics, the conflict, the struggle, the determination, it's all so good!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Star Trek Voyager "Elogium" - Acting Analysis

Looking at an episode of Star Trek Voyager, this week's Acting Analysis looks at how you can use a prop to enhance a character's emotional state. Ok, that sounds pretty fancy, especially given the show and the characters in my example. Hey! What can I say, I'm more of a DS9 and TNG guy, but it's still a fun example.

Friday, July 6, 2018

How to take your animation TO THE NEXT LEVEL - part 4

Part 4 of the How To Take Your Animation To The Next Level series (and final one) walks you through more examples of how you can add interesting complexities to your exercises, be it a weight assignment, a creature shot, etc. in order to make it more about a specific moment of a character instead of just movement. Aaaand some examples are kinda dark, what can I say.

Tomb Raider - Acting Analysis

Sometimes less is more and looking at the latest "Tomb Raider" movie for my acting analysis series I found exactly that! Amidst all the spectacle and action, there was a great little moment that stood out to me exactly because it was small and subtle and worked as a contrast to all the action. Two very similar scenes from different Star Trek movies are also featured to show how less is more can be very effective (funny enough, all featuring villains).