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Acting for Animators: Become Your Character

From Acting Theory to Maya Practice With Sarah Arduini

Description

The ultimate goal for any animator is to create believable characters. Acting for animators is an essential skill that helps artists avoid creating lifeless or unconvincing animations, and arms them with the ability to empathize with their characters — before even opening up Maya.


In this 2-hour workshop, Sarah Arduini walks through the fundamentals of developing empathy for characters and teaches how to draw lessons from method actors to get into character yourself. From reading scripts to extract the important information about your character’s personality, to analyzing the subtleties of acting performances to inform your own work, this workshop discusses all the steps you need to become a better animator by embracing your characters before you even start animating.


After sharing her tried-and-tested theory, Sarah steps into Maya to deliver a step-by-step demonstration that walks through how to approach your acting shot, offering tips and tricks to speed up your workflow along the way, for better — and faster — results.


Duration: 140 Minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Sarah Arduini

Senior Animator, Rainbow CGI

Sarah Arduini is a Senior Animator born in Rome, Italy. She is a self-taught artist driven by her passion for Disney and has made an impressive career in the film industry over the past 10 years. 


She started in feature animation and ultimately landed in VFX and has been working for some of the most famous VFX companies in London including MPC, Framestore, and ILM. Together with the MPC team, she won the Oscar for best VFX movie, Disney's The Jungle Book. Afterward, she continued the Disney wave with Beauty and the Beast, joined the Marvel team for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, then finally reached the world-renowned company Industrial Light & Magic. There, she helped give life to the Supreme Leader, Snoke, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and to the genetically modified dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


Her latest success was reached with the role of Key Artist at MPC for The Lion King. Sarah is also an academic guest speaker and teaches Character Animation at an Italian university.


  • Video reference is the secret ingredient to great animation and Sarah’s course is a must for anyone wanting to learn or enhance their art and craft of character or creature work. Drawing on her talent and personal experience from some of the most challenging VFX films, Sarah will teach you to effectively use video reference to bring a new level of believability, realism, physical weight and acting performance to your work. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

    - Chris Hurtt
    Animation Supervisor at Framestore film

  • Sarah Arduini was one of the best animators I had the pleasure to direct. Her sensitivity, professionalism, and attention to detail were impressive. Despite her high-level animation and acting skills, she´s always eager to learn and pass on that knowledge, which makes her unique and reliable. Definitely an artist one wants as part of the team and hopefully as a director one day.

    - Miguel A. Fuertes
    Animation Director

  • Sarah is a talented animator with a firm grasp on the subtle complexities that make a shot sparkle. Her characters exude a liveliness and appeal that almost seems effortless.

    - Ted Lister
    Lead Animator at ILM

  • I had the pleasure of working with Sarah on a number of projects at MPC. The most recent being Disney's 'The Lion King'. Sarah is a driven, passionate and most importantly, a talented animator that has contributed greatly to all projects she has worked on. Having the eye for animation gives Sarah the ability to give constructive, insightful feedback. I look forward to working with her again.

    - Mathieu Walsh
    Lead Animator on "The Lion King"

  • Sarah has a wealth of experience, having worked at some of the top VFX houses in the world. Her friendly, approachable nature makes her a great choice for a Gnomon workshop.

    - Keith Ribbons
    Senior Animtor, ILM