Group Culture through Shape, Posture and Gesture
Action Analysis vs Laban Movement Analysis
October 11, 2022
ABOUT "PERSONALITY" WALK CYCLES
September 17, 2022
It’s back-to-school season and students are learning how to animate walk cycles! I was contemplating what we call the “personality walk,” where you learn to reflect a character’s “personality” in their walk.
snow white's use of light weight
weight and culture in moana
February 19, 2022
An ode to passive weight
February 12, 2022
Have a look at this captivating piece by choreographer/acrobat/designer Yoann Bourgeois! I’ve been appreciating this as a master work of Active and Passive Weight, and today I dug a little deeper. Reading the comments thread on this video reflects that people are making a variety of meanings from their emotional response to the movement. Work featured on his social media channels (links in comments) reveals an artist immersed in the illusion of weight. It’s important for animators because all weight in animation is an illusion!
Winifred's weight in boxtrolls
February 3, 2022
I really enjoyed the character performances in the 2014 stop motion film Boxtrolls from Laika Studios. Continuing with the theme of Weight Effort, the character Winifred uses Strong Weight to create an impact and command others’ attention. Winifred is the daughter of Lord Portley-Rind, who is too preoccupied with cheese to pay any attention to her. Her character comes across as entitled and bratty. I interpret her demanding attitude, and the corresponding “fighting” aspects of her movement signature, as a plea for her fathers’ attention.
encanto's luisa gives up!
January 23, 2022
Everyone understands that animated characters are illusions! The appearance of weight in motion influences our perception that characters are made of physical substance, and move with intention. Luisa’s movement signature reflects her super-human strength: her ability to lift really heavy stuff. For the animation of this character, it’s critical that weight is handled effectively through both bio-mechanics and expressive intent.
Luisa: i'm the strong one
January 15, 2022
Weight is a major topic in animation! This post focuses on Weight Effort in the character Luisa from the 2021 Disney feature Encanto. Luisa’s magical power is super-hero strength, which she applies to supporting the family. In the song Surface Pressure, she reveals her emotional struggle with the demands of her role.
tango: time effort
January 10, 2022
Time Effort is all about intuitive decisions concerning “when.” This tango has very few slow moments, however you can feel a sense of lingering and gradual acceleration or deceleration: Sustained. Not only are the fast moments very Sudden, but there is a sense of urgency. The challenge of understanding Time Effort is letting go of how we think of the measurements of time and speed, and think instead of the qualitative feeling of time.