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Acting for Visual Storytellers

A 5 week course where students will learn simple acting techniques to better communicate character actions and emotions

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Course Format:
Live
Duration:
5 Weeks
Materials:
Handouts will be provided. Students should have the ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.
Lecture Type:
Live (recorded sessions)
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
All Levels
Feedback:
Live
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
An understanding of basic animation vocabulary. The ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.
Course Format:
Live
Duration:
5 Weeks
Materials:
Handouts will be provided. Students should have the ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.
Lecture Type:
Live (recorded sessions)
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
All Levels
Feedback:
Live
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
An understanding of basic animation vocabulary. The ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.
Course Format:
Live
Duration:
5 Weeks
Materials:
Handouts will be provided. Students should have the ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.
Lecture Type:
Live (recorded sessions)
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
All Levels
Feedback:
Live
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
An understanding of basic animation vocabulary. The ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Course Trailer
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Basic Acting Theory & Vocabulary

MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Intro to Acting • Basic acting theory & vocabulary, Uta Hagen basics (Including her Six Questions), Objectives & Actions
IN-CLASS EXERCISE: Workshop a simple scene with a scene partner using objectives & actions

Week 2 | Motivated Movement

MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: How to improve movement choices • How to use Animals as Reference • Body Leads • Laban Movement Analysis
IN-CLASS EXERCISE: Group and individual exercises focusing on Laban, Leads & Animals as reference

Week 3 | Analyzing Story Structure & Visual Storytelling

MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Making Motivated Choices • Intro to Story Structure (The Story Circle, The Hero’s Journey)
IN-CLASS EXERCISE: Analyze story structure of short two-minute film as a group ADDITIONAL LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Visual Storytelling

Week 4 | Character Obstacles

MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Character Obstacles
SEVERAL IN-CLASS EXERCISES: Perform scenario with obstacles (side-coached) • Perform scenes (side-coached)
ADDITIONAL LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Character Obstacles, pt. 2

Week 5 | Final Review

RESENT & REVIEW: Putting it all together • Go over assignments from Week #4

Acting for Visual Storytellers
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Unleashing your creative potential

Allen Simpson is an acting coach and visual consultant for film, television and video games. He’s currently working for DreamWorks as a consultant on the animated film The Bad Guys (2021). In addition to consulting and coaching, Allen is also a composer and songwriter. He’s written songs and voice-directed for The Simpsons and voice-directed for Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones and more. Allen has worked with Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky, Disney, The Third Floor, Cinesite, Telltale Games, CTN, LAAFA, Chapman University, The Animation Collaborative, California College of the Arts and more.

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