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Lecture 16

SAG 105L Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Silent Film, Exaggeration


Department
Simulation, Animation and Gaming
Course Code
SAG 105L
Professor
Kinczkowski
Lecture
16

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SAG 105L4 LECTURE 16 PERFORMANCE
Performance
Animators require a good understanding of acting and performance techniques to
really bring their characters to life in an animation.
Emotion
Animators must understand their characters.
o This is to ensure that they convey all of their character’s traits in their
animations.
o This is not easy.
o Animating dips into acting theory.
There are a number of acting fundamentals that play a role in animation.
o Animators must create empathy.
So that the audience will relate to and care for the characters.
o Emotion plays a key part in this.
o If animators can make it look like their character is thinking before every
action, the character will be more believable.
If the character is thinking, the character portrays feelings and
emotions.
Every action animated must be a reaction to another action.
o If there is no motivation for the movement, then there is no reason for the
character to move.
o How a movement is animated depends on the situation and the characters
themselves.
These are motivations that create emotions and empathy.
Exaggeration
This is a very useful device for, not only actors, but animators, as well.
Emotion can be conveyed without words.
o Silent film stars were masters of exaggeration to get the right emotions
through to the audience.
o Many animation lessons can be learned from early cinema.
In animation, physical constraints are not a factor.
o This means that animators can also exaggerate action to emphasize
emotion.
Animation without exaggeration looks flat.
o Rotoscoped or motion-capture animation looks lifeless for this very
reason, unless, however, the actors exaggerate every move.
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