Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Blocking out the initial poses, part of Character Animation: Dialogue.
…I've read my dialogue track, and I've listened to it a few times.…And now I have a rough idea as to where I want my character to go.…So now I need to start blocking out my shot.…Now I'm going to block this out starting with the body, and…then moving onto the face.…So, at this point I really just want to get the body moving in…sync with the dialogue, and then I can fill in the rest.…So again, our dialogue is-…>> Oh, I don't know, will there be pie?…>> So we have basically two emotions here.…
We have a down emotion, where she says, oh, I don't know.…And then her mood changes when she says, will there be pie?…So let's go ahead and start off with the initial pose.…Now as the dialogue starts, she's actually going to change emotion.…She's going to go from probably a neutral expression to a down or…sad expression when she says, oh, I don't know.…So I need to get my initial pose first.…So when the camera first hits this character I want her to be a little bit…neutral, and I want her to be paying attention to whomever is…
- 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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