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17. Acting and Movement for Animators: Students, Teachers, and Professionals

Half-Day, Monday, 1 August, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Room 502A
Level: Beginning

Animators perceive and apply acting theory in a different way than do stage actors. Ed Hooks, author of Acting for Animators (revised 2nd edition, 2003), pioneered acting workshops that are specifically designed for the needs of the animator. Each consists of a lecture, simple improvisations, and acting analysis and deconstruction of clips from films. Hooks does not try to make stage actors out of animators. He teaches them acting theory in a fun, painless, and empowering way.

The primary focus of Acting for Animators is to explore the connections among thinking, emotion, and physical action as they relate to performance animation.

Attendance at this course is highly encouraged. Its exclusive content will not be recorded in any post-conference video documentation.


No prerequisites except an open mind and a willingness to explore new ideas.

Intended Audience

Professional animators, students, and teachers of animation.


John C. Finnegan
Purdue University


Ed Hooks


8:30 Introduction

Finnegan and Hooks

8:45 Acting Theory Lecture and discussion


10:15 Break
10:30 Power Centers
- Two Animators at a Time to Improvise
- Status Transactions
- Psychological Gesture
- Show Film Clips from "Multiplicity" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" These clips demonstrate power centers
- Status Transactions and Michael Chekhov's Psychological Gesture


11:30 Deconstruction of "Father and Daughter" by Michael Dudok De Wit.


Noon Questions & Answers

Finnegan and Hooks