All posts for the day December 14th, 2011

Ken Fountain – Animating a Basic Acting Shot

Beginner | 3h 18m | 1.98 GB | Project Files n/a | Required Software: Autodesk Maya

In this 3-hour video lecture/demo, follow DreamWorks Animator Ken Fountain’s process for analyzing and animating a simple, clear and appealing acting performance.
With a presentation geared toward the more advanced animator looking to create a great test shot for their demo reel, Ken let’s you look over his shoulder as he chooses audio, examines the character’s “subtext,” plans his staging, breaks down video reference, works out timing and “attitude” through thumbnailing, uses detailed blocking to define clear acting beats, controls and shapes the scene’s “phrasing,” adds texture to enhance the energy, sculpts the lipsync, and brings a shot to a polished final.
Finished work: