Online Winter 2024 Session

Jan 1st, 2024

Jan 15th, 2024


Animation Instructor Tal Shwarzman

Tal Shwarzman

Pixar Animation Studios

Length of Workshop: 10 weeks. Once a week.
Days: Thursdays starting January 18th, 2024
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm Pacific time
Tuition: $1,600 (Includes a $200 non-refundable registration fee)
Prerequisite: A link to your demo reel is required with your registration.


Introduction to Acting for Animation is for students with a strong understanding of the body mechanics, and a pantomime acting.  Introduction to Acting for Animation begins by learning the “Facial Mechanics”  We touch upon how to properly animate the eyes (variety of blinks, darts, pupils) brows, and mouth.  Expression tests are added to learn how make the entire face work correctly together.  Following an understanding of Facial Mechanics; small, focused exercises will help students develop their acting muscles and specific skill sets required to create unique and memorable dialogue shots.

The goal of Introduction to Acting for Animation is to build a solid understanding of Facial Mechanics, and acting choice awareness.  Preparing the student for the next class (Advanced Acting for Animation) which will further push the size, scope, and complexity of the acting assignments.


Weekly assignments:
  • Assignment 1: Posing for Subtext
  • Assignment 2: Expression tests
  • Assignment 3: Eye darts & blinks
  • Assignment 4: Thought process
  • Assignment 5: Lip-synch
  • Assignment 6: Student choice blocking
  • Assignment 7: Polishing
Weekly lecture topics:
  • Acting theory
  • Subtext
  • Thinking
  • Lip-Synch
  • Eyes & Brows
  • Polish
  • Camera & Staging
  • …and more!


We recommend that students take Advanced Body Mechanics before taking Introduction to Acting for Animation.

A link to your demo reel is required with your registration.

*Introduction to Acting for Animation 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.