REGISTRATION DEADLINE :
September 12th, 2023
September 25th, 2023
ANIMATION: FACIAL MECHANICS and APPEAL
Head of Character Animator, Spire Animation Studios
Length of Workshop: 10 weeks. Once a week.
Days: Thursdays starting September 28th, 2023
Time: 8pm to 11pm pacific time *special time*
Tuition: $1,600 (Includes a $200 non-refundable registration fee)
Prerequisite: A link to your demo reel is required with your registration.
Directing Animator, Pixar Animation Studios
Robb Denovan is a veteran 15-year all-around awesome animator! Robb will be in class to share his insight on Facial Mechanics and Appeal.
Jean Claude Tran
Animator, Pixar Animation Studios
Jean Claude Tran will be in class to show how draw-overs can help with a student’s understanding of the Face. (see below video for examples)
Facial Mechanics and Appeal will guide students in applying the fundamentals alongside new concepts and techniques to further their understanding of how the face moves and reacts. The goal of Facial Mechanics and Appeal is to build a solid understanding of the mechanics and physicality of the face through the practice of animating the eyes, brows, mouth and bringing them all together. Preparing the student for the next class (Introduction to Acting for Animation) which will introduce the idea of Full Face and Body performance. This class is for students with a strong understanding of the 12 principles of Animation & Body Mechanics who want to continue to build their facial mechanics skills prior to entering Introduction to Acting for Animation.
- Lip-Sync: Broad, Subtle, Emotional
- Eyes / Blinks understanding of movement and relationships
- Facial Calisthenics Expressions: Neutral, Smile, Frown, Shock, Excitement
- Mini Dialogue to test understanding of appeal and mechanics
- MasterSpline techniques for face muscle syncing, and adding fleshiness
We recommend that students take Advanced Body Mechanics before taking Facial Mechanics and Appeal.
*Facial Mechanics and Appeal is limited to 8 students to allow for maximum individualized focus. We encourage a comfortable, collaborative environment so that students can learn from their own assignments, the critiques of others’, instructor demos, lectures, and guest speakers.