Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WEEK 1: Character Acting 1 - Motion Capture Demo!

Welcome to Character Acting 1!
Please have a look at the outline for the course and familiarize yourself with the academic policies.
Please sign in at every class (except when we're not at our desks).
Classes may need to be rescheduled from time to time - please fill out the survey at the bottom of this post so we can plan the best time for the most people.

This is primarily an introduction to Motion Capture with the emphasis on creating great acting performances!

We're kicking things off this week with a special guest who will do a live demo of motion capture performance using our snazzy new XSens system. 
Dan Maendel is going to help out with our MoCap set up.
Please note that you will be quizzed on being able to use this system - take notes, and read up!

We're going to do lots of drawing, acting, fighting (!), and other fun stuff in this class. Please dress for action & always bring your drawing materials.
We will also be shooting video reference. There are some cameras & tripods available to sign out from GBC but you may use your own equipment, even your phone if you like. Cheap tripods for mobile devices like this Gorillamobile Tripod are widely available.

3 key components of this class are going to be Gesture Drawing, Acting, and Stage Combat.
You can get more training in all three areas -
  • Gesture Drawing: try out the fun and exciting "Toons on Tap" or attend  open figure drawing classes nearly every day of the week in Toronto, such as at the Gladstone Hotel, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto School of Art, and The Academy of Art. See my list under "Resources" 
  •  Improv Acting: drop-in classes are held on Saturday nights at The Black Swan (blackswancomedy.com) or other local theatre company such as Impatient Theatre or Second City.
  • Stage combat: try an open drop-in class on Monday nights at Rapier Wit.

Want to know how valuable all this training will be to your future hireability? Checke out this advice to new recruits put together by EA:


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