Ed Hooks Acting for Animators Lecture Notes from Jan 2008
Ed Hooks introduces the idea of his main acting principles.
1 Thinking, Emotion, and Physical Action.
Thinking tends to lead to conclusions.
These conclusions lead to an emotion. (Automatic Value Response)
2 Empathy is the key (not sympathy)
3 Theatrical reality is not the same as regular reality.
Theatrical reality has form.
4 Acting in pursuit of an objective while over coming an obstacle.
You have and action until something happens to make you play a different action. (an obstacle)
A character must always have an objective, you must always know what they are doing.
Ask your character 'What are you doing?' If you can't answer that question or don't know it, the audience won't know either.
When animating ask 'what does the audience need to know'
Types of conflict or obstacle for the character to overcome.
3 Another Character
The sound of ma.
The sound between the clapping.
If ma is filled with empathy and emotion it can be extremely powerful.
Paul Ekman Human Emotion Study
7 basic human emotions:
Higher the power centre the quicker the rhythm of the character.
Lower the power centre the slower the rhythm of the character.
Power centres are usually just below the naval.
You can shift power centres around. They can be light or heavy, be pushing or pulling.
The purpose of Movement is Destination
Status Transactions - how one character responds to another according to their status and relationship. (Keith Johnson)
Each scene is a negotiation.
Adrenaline – the reason why we remember something and not others
Adrenaline moments are scenes characters remember for the rest of their life
Psychological Gesture (Micheal Chekhov)
It can be an illustration of the spoken word (gesture) or an illustration of the subconscious thoughts of the character.
Heroes and Villains.
A hero is a regular person who has to overcome unbelievable odds to achieve their objective.
A villain is a normal person who has a fatal flaw.
An Actor Prepares – Constantin Slanislavsky
Improv - Keith Johnstone
On The Technique of Acting – Michael Chekhov
Study of Human Emotion - Paul Ekman
- Charlie Chaplin
A Streetcar Named Desire
- Marlon Brando