Online Winter Session

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 3rd, 2022

SESSION STARTS: January 17th, 2022

ANIMATION: FACIAL MECHANICS and APPEAL

Michal Makarewicz

Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

Length of Workshop: 12 weeks. Once a week.
Days: NOT AVAILABLE FALL 2021
Time: 
Tuition: $1.900 (Includes a $200 non-refundable registration fee)
Prerequisite: A link to your demo reel is required with your registration.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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. Learning these skills becomes critical before moving into performance-based animation in our Introduction to Acting for Animation Workshop. 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.

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.

CURRICULUM:

  • Lip-Sync: Broad, Subtle, Emotional
  • Eyes and Blinks
  • Look Around with Brows
  • Facial Calisthenics Expressions: Neutral, Smile, Frown, Shock, Excitement
 

PREREQUISITE:

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.