Pantomime Acting for Animation
Taught by Toby Winder
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- October 2020
- 4 hours 36 minutes
The course will show follow the process from idea generation, through blocking and refining and finally into polish. While working through this process we will discuss the thinking behind each decision, how we would approach them in different studio systems, and, of course, how to approach them when doing personal work.
Toby Winder is a senior animator currently based in Montreal. He has been in the animation and visual effects industry since 2006 and has contributed to many projects such as Batman: The Dark Knight, Dr. Strange, and Alien Covenant. Toby has animation experience in high-end VFX, television, commercials, and games.
Class 1: Shot BriefTo start off the course, we look at how shot briefings happen in a studio environment, what information you might have access to, and how we would apply this to doing personal work. We discuss idea generation through thumbnails and video reference
Class 2: Rigs & ToolsA quick look at the rig, tools,and basic Maya setup.
Class 3: Getting Started with AnimationBringing in our video reference and setting up the scene for animation. Importing the set and props and the start of blocking our animation.
Class 4: Blocking, Second PassWe start off with a critique of our first blocking pass and then address feedback on the blocking, pushing the detail level to make a second pass blocking.
Class 5: Blocking, ContinuedA continuation of blocking, working to flesh out the detail of the shot.
Class 6: Refining, Part 1In this class, we will move into the refine stage of animation. We will put our animation into 'spline' mode and spend time really getting the most out of our curves.
Class 7: Refining, Part 2Continuation of the refining process.
Class 8: Polish, Part 1In class 8 we move into the polish stage of the animation, firstly by spending some time pushing some small details and doing a pass on the finger animation and the facial animation.
Class 9: Polish, Part 2In this final class, we finish off our polish pass and take time to discuss where we could have done better and what we could have pushed further on the shot.