Acting for Animators with Ed Hooks  

We at Heartland are thrilled to be able to bring Ed Hooks to Indianapolis for a day long workshop, Acting for Animation, A Master Class. Hooks, a theatre professional for three decades, pioneered acting training specifically for animators instead of stage actors. He authored, Acting for Animators and Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films, which are standard texts at animation schools all over the world.

Acting for Animation with Ed Hooks
A Master Class
Saturday, November 5

10 am – 5 pm
IUPUI School of Informatics
IT 152
Price $79 for industry, $59 for students

Acting for Animators is designed specifically for animators, not stage actors. The difference is that stage actors practice their art “in the present moment.” Therefore, actors require training that includes sensory exercises, emotional recall, relaxation and so on. Animators do not need any of that because they work with the ILLUSION of a present moment, i.e. 24-frames-make-a-second. Actors and animators use the same basic acting theory, but it is perceived and applied in different ways.

Ed will focus on the essential principles for strong performance animation.  He will also examine and deconstruct clips from animated and live action films, discussing how acting principles are applied in the real world – and what happens when the principles are not applied.

We wouldn’t be able to present this great opportunity without the tremendous support of sponsors and partners who help offset the cost of offering this unique opportunity to Indianapolis.


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