Acting & Animation

Below is a highlight from Doron A.Meir’s Acting & Animation, which i’ve juz read. Im definitely 1 of those guilty modern day animator he detest…. haha

i’ve also BOLDed some of the points he mentioned, which i think is worth mentioning again & again….

By Doron A. Meir

Secondary actions make for unique and natural acting, add complexity and charm to the movements, and spice up the animation. Anther thing they can do is cause a film’s budget to skyrocket. Is this the reason modern animation movies use them sparingly? Maybe. What certain is, that in the old movies secondary actions were used generously but tastefully, and the results were a rich and enjoyable animation, and interesting acting. 

Timing. One of my complaints toward modern animation has to do with what I call “snapimation” – pose-based animation, where the transition from pose to pose happens very quickly. This is an easy solution, because it enables the animator to work less, be less inventive, and have less skill. That way, instead of variations along the timing scope, we get a monotonous “quick/slow/quick/slow” motion – and monotony, as we all now, is the good friend of Mr. Boredom. In addition, the “snapimation” method disables secondary actions, making the acting boring and dull.

Personal interpretation. As mentioned, the golden era was the most mature stage of the people who, with their own pencils, invented the art of animation. Naturally, they had only one resource to draw from, and that is the real world. The animations they created were their personal interpretation, their caricature of motion and acting.
My feeling is that many of today’s animators prefer to rely on other people’s animation as a primary source of inspiration, instead of studying the world around them and produce their own interpretations. What we get is a set of clichés, a caricature of a caricature; a pale reproduction that fails to excel to the level of freshness and novelty of the great era of acting in animation.

(U can find the whole article in this link)


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