Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sarah Perry "Acting for Animators" Starts 24 Sept

At Animation Apprentice we teach acting as part of the animator's toolkit. One thing we can't do, however, is teach an old-school live acting class, the kind of thing you might get as a classically trained stage actor.

Sarah Perry is an actor who specialises in teaching acting for animators. Her school Shapes in Motion is teaching an 8 week evening class in London, titled "Acting for Animators", starting on Monday 24th September.
The course runs from 7-10pm once a week, for 8 weeks, until Monday 18th November. The class is a practical, physical workshop in acting skills, aimed specifically at helping animators to  create more believable, authentic acting choices in their work.

Sarah Perry
What is Shapes in Motion?
Shapes In Motion is run by classically-trained actor Sarah Perry and offers acting classes specially tailored for animators.

Why should animators learn acting?
Because animators are storytellers. We act with a pencil or a mouse - not with our bodies - but what we do is still acting, and it needs to be done well. Bad acting looks just as bad in animation as it does in a live action performance.

Video reference
Many animators shoot video of themselves acting out a line of dialogue, or a bit of pantomime acting, as reference for our animation. If our acting isn't up to scratch, then the animation performance is unlikely to be any better.

Sarah Perry (bottom right) with students at Escape Studios
What do the classes involve?
Students get introduced to the fundamentals of Laban Movement Analysis, which is to say "the analysis of character in terms of body, effort, space and shape" which can be used for both human and creature animation.

Animators learn to observe and analyse a range of physical qualities, so as to develop character, and understand character "from the outside in".

Sarah helps animators to look at character types, but also to understand subtle gesture performance choices too. The class is a combination of theory, practice, games/exercises, play and group work.

Official site
Visit the Shapes in Motion website at to see more about their work and what they do. To sign up for the course, which is being hosted at Escape Studios' central London campus, follow this link.

Start Date: 24 September 2018
End Date: 18 November 2018
Course Duration/Format: 8 weeks, 1 evening per week (Mondays)
Location: Escape Studios, 190 High Holborn, London, WC1

Price (inc VAT): £495

  • Introduction to Stanislavski and "The Method"; what drives the action, subtext, script analysis, character development...
  • Introduction to Laban; Kinesphere, movement analysis - what are we actually observing when someone walks, sits, etc
  • Use of Efforts in gestures/movements - exploring physically the various efforts of; space, weight and time
  • Facial expressions & mouth movements
  • Expression of emotions
  • The relationship between voice and movement
  • Lots of acting games/exercises to aid storytelling
  • Creating a believable/truthful character performance
  • Observation exercises.
  • Creature/Animal movement analysis/characterisation
To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link.


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