Online Fall Session

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 6th, 2021

SESSION STARTS: September 20th, 2021


Michal Makarewicz

Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

Length of Workshop: 12 weeks. Once a week.
Days: Mondays starting September 20th, 2021
Time: 7pm – 10pm pacific time
Tuition: $1.900 (Includes a $200 non-refundable registration fee)
Prerequisite: A link to your demo reel is required with your registration.


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.


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


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.