Take another animation challenge. Use a line of dialogue you like from a film. Film yourself performing the line many different ways and step through the takes that you like.
- Alright. I want you guys to try a little challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to basically make you see all the variations there are on every single gesture. Here's the challenge. Take three gestures, I don't care what they are. It could be looking at your watch, doing this, and putting your hand through your hair, and then tap somebody on the shoulder and have them do it. Then have them tap the next person on the shoulder and try it again.
And basically, try this with about three to five people. Have them face away from you, so they don't see the first person's gesture. The point is to come up with three gestures, tell the next person what those gestures are, have the next person repeat it, and you're gonna start to see the variations on your original gesture. That's all we're trying to learn here. And then, again, the concept is to put it back into your work and to make you see that there are a thousand variations on every single type of gesture that you do.
Let's take a look at what the actors did and see how they did it. (inhales deeply then sighs) (chuckles) (quietly laughing) (chuckles) Okay.
So you can see that these trained professionals, even they could not figure out the first gesture as perfectly as it was done. But the concept is to show that there's a different way of doing everything. And that's the point, it's to look at everything from that perspective, making your gestures feel fresh and new and something that you haven't seen. So this is just a great example of how we can change things up a little bit. Hope you enjoyed it as much I enjoyed watching it.
- What are gestures?
- Cliché and illustrative gestures
- Using reference for gestures
- Gesturing with other body parts
- Polish of gestures
- Facial gestures