Ever wonder what it means to “get under the skin” of your character? In this online 6 session course taught by master animator Tony Bancroft, you will learn how to bring out your inner actor to become a strong character animator. Tony Bancroft will use examples from his own work, issue assignments to students, draw over student’s work for helpful instruction, and share the skills necessary to bring your characters to life. Portfolio reviews included!
Six Live Sessions with Tony Bancroft using GoToMeeting to provide instruction, answer questions, draw overs and portfolio reviews!
Each live session will include one hour of live instruction from Tony Bancroft followed by portfolio reviews by Tony. Each student will have their portfolio reviewed for 20 minutes at some point during the course. All sessions will be recorded for future viewing. In addition to the recorded sessions, two hours of pre-recorded instructional video will also be provided. People ordering by 5/18 will receive Tony’s Squash and Stretch 1 & 2 video courses as a bonus for ordering early.
Tony Bancroft will take students through what it means to be an “actor with a pencil or mouse” by reviewing film clips from successful and not so successful character performances. The fundamentals of pantomime and dialogue performance discussed. Each session ends with student’s portfolio reviewed.
Character archetypes are reviewed with an emphasis on posing characters for the most personality and clarity. “How to tell a story in a pose” is the first assignment given. Each session ends with student’s portfolio reviewed.
Student’s assignments are reviewed by Bancroft with live draw overs for inspiration and correction. Elements of character in facial expressions discussed and examples from great characters and model sheets are used. Each session ends with student’s portfolio reviewed.
Tony Bancroft will use examples from his own work on The Lion King and Emperor’s New Groove to explain the animator’s thought process and how to interpret the director’s feedback to make your scenes successful. Each session ends with student’s portfolio reviewed.
The importance of pre-planning through “thumbnailing” out your scene is discussed with examples by various animators. Students will learn how to break down dialogue and expressions and use the technique of “phrasing” to create a performance that works for the scene. Students will be given an assignment to create thumbnails based on a sound clip given to them- just like a real scene. Each session ends with student’s portfolio reviewed.
Bancroft will review student’s assignments with draw over examples Helpful hints on next steps in portfolio preparation and how to apply to studios for the best effect to lead to a job as an animator will be discussed. Bancroft’s own “big picture” approach to having a career in animation will be shared. Each session ends with student’s portfolio reviewed.