Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding facial expression, part of Character Animation: Dialogue.
…Now, we have the basic timing of the scene in place.…So let's just go ahead and play this to see where we're at.…So we have the character in a neutral pose,…who turns his head to look at something.…Turns back, slowly changes his expression.…Antics and then reacts.…So let's dial in the basic facial poses.…Now these are pretty much going to follow the main poses of the head motion.…
And we'll just use this as a starting point.…So the first thing I want to do is just get an initial expression on his face.…So, maybe I want to drop the eyelids a little bit here.…kind of relax his face a little bit.…And maybe even kind of give him a nice relaxed brow.…Maybe one of the brows is up a little bit.…And we can maybe pull them down in the corners just a little bit,…just again to show he's relaxed.…And we can play with our emotion.…
Maybe the position of his mouth.…And again, we just want to get a nice general position.…So I want to make sure I key his mouth, his eyes and his brows.…So again, I want to try and keep this as a held pose.…
- Understanding the role asymmetry plays in facial expression
- Conveying basic and mixed emotions
- Planning shots
- Blocking out timing
- Reading dialogue
- Animating lip sync
- Adding blinks and eye movement
Skill Level Beginner
1. Facial Anatomy and Emotion
2. Animating a Silent Shot: The Double Take
3. Animating Dialogue
4. Animating a Full-Body Shot Containing Dialogue
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