Online Winter Session

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Jan 2nd, 2023

SESSION STARTS: Jan 16th, 2023

Animation

Character

Visual Storytelling

ANIMATION: FACIAL MECHANICS and APPEAL
*special time* 8pm to 11pm pacific.

Michal Makarewicz

Head of Character Animator, Spire Animation Studios

Length of Workshop: 10 weeks. Once a week.
Days: Thursdays starting January 19th, 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.

Guest Instructor

Robb Denovan

Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

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. 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. 

CURRICULUM:

  • 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
 

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.