Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding facial expression, part of Character Animation: Dialogue.
…>> We've blocked in the rough motion of the characters body.…And now, it's time to add another layer of animation.…We're going to work on facial expression.…But before we do that, let's just play our animation to see where we're at.…>> Oh.…I don't know.…Will there be pie?…>> So we have pretty good sync with the body and…the head, but now we need to add some facial expression.…Now the first thing we need to do is just like we did before,…we need to set our initial pose.…Our initial pose is rather neutral, she has a neutral expression.…
So, I'm going to just dial in something that's reasonably neutral.…Not so symmetrical, though.…Right now this is a very symmetrical pose.…So let's go ahead and just kind of put her lids up a little bit, maybe so…a little bit more relaxed.…Maybe drop her eyebrows down.…And again, relax those.…And one of the things we could do is just kind of maybe give her…mouth a little bit of tilt and maybe even a slight smile.…
So, if we start with a smile then when we go to the frown, there's going to be…
- 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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