Acting in Animation - EL866

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury
(version 2)
Spring
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7 15 (7.5) MR D Byers Brown

Pre-requisites

EL831 - ANIMATION SET UP
EL832 - ANIMATION PRINCIPLES
EL833 - VISUAL TRAINING

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

Observation and invention. Analysis of a major piece of animation character acting and its sources.
Theory and practice of acting. Acting theories and examples of practical methods.
Film acting - silent and dialogue - analysis of advice and tips from the world's best film actors and directors.
Schools of animated movement matched to acting performance.
Uses of character animation and motion capture techniques. Analysis of animation scripts and special effects uses.
Dynamics and problems of two-character interaction in 3D animation.
Advanced facial animation in Maya.
Animating to dialogue.
Analysis of highest achievements in character animation.

Details

Contact hours

43 contact hours
Total student workload 150 hours

Availability

Only available to students on programmes owned by The School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Method of assessment

The practical work is based on a portfolio containing a large number of workshop exercises (20%), followed by two assessed final portfolio pieces, one using a supplied acting voice track with two characters (40%) and the other a brief for a piece of pure mime (40%). Assessment of these exercises will determine whether the module learning outcomes have been achieved.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Understand how thoughts and emotions are clearly and convincingly conveyed using 3D character models.
Be able to create performances and believable interactions between animated characters.
Be able to animate dialogue scenes.

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