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FACIAL STORYTELLING TRAINING FOR THE ANIMATOR

All workshops or consulting options are customizable. See what workshop fits you or your company's needs.
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Finding Emotion on Your Own Face

This training session is the first step the animator takes down the path toward emotional facial control. It supplies the tools needed to access and express each of the 7 universal emotions from the onset to the full expression.

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The Emotional Facial Experience

This more in-depth training starts off with John’s trademarked “Face Read” to determine whether or not the animator’s face is communicating any emotion without their awareness. 

 

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Tell the Story with Your Face: Nailing the Reaction

This session is all about INTERPRETING materials and direction and then bringing that interpretation to life through the body, voice and face in a real, recognizable and appropriate way. 

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Character Facial Development

This training is project specific.  Here I work with small groups or 1 on 1 to build character or develop personality through facial expression.

 

 

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Finding Emotion on Your Own Face

Format: Lecture/Class exercises

Duration: 1/2 day

Description:  This training session is the first step the animator takes down the path toward emotional facial control. It supplies the tools needed to access and express each of the 7 universal emotions from the onset to the full expression.

  • Acquire the tools and information to activate and isolate the individual emotional muscle groups.
  • Learn what specific emotions look and feel like on your own face.
  • Learn how to adjust the intensity level of emotional expression
  • Experience how the emotion grows from the most subtle to the full expression.
  • Connect organically to each muscle group.

The Emotional Facial Experience

Format: Lecture/Class exercises

Duration:Full Day or 2 -1/2 Days 

Description:  This more in-depth training starts off with John’s trademarked “Face Read” to determine whether or not the animator’s face is communicating any emotion without their awareness. Highly individualized, this can illuminate any inconsistencies between an emotion and the way it is revealed on the face.

  • Identify what specific emotions look and feel like on their own face.
  • Experience how the emotion grows in intensity from the very subtle onset to the full blown expression.
  • Discover how they may be distorting the expression they wish to capture.
  • Gain the tools to authentically evoke an emotional response- The foundation for truthful storytelling.

 

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Tell the Story with Your Face: Nailing the Reaction

Format: Lecture/Class exercises

Duration: Full Day or 2 - 1/2 Days (This is a follow up to either Finding the Emotion On Your Face or The Emotional Facial Experience workshops.)

Note: This class is not film or project specific.

Description: This session is all about INTERPRETING materials and direction and then bringing that interpretation to life through the body, voice and face in a real, recognizable and appropriate way. 

  • Inspire the imagination to support the story
  • The anatomy of a comedic reaction
  • Make the expression subtle and honest.
  • Eliminate any facial noise and become more emotionally precise.
  • Create a history that makes the reaction credible and dynamic. 
  • How to make the dramatic scene genuine, intimate and truthful.
  • Timing and clarity- is the audience getting what you mean to convey?

Character Facial Development

Format: Small groups or 1 on 1

Duration: TBD

Note: This training is project specific. 1/2 or whole day.

Description: Working with animator, animation director, or modeler to build character or develop personality through facial expression.

Break down voice tracks, previz, character designs and descriptions, sequence footage, Mocap or FACS data and other sequence materials turned over or generated by production. (Can be either mocap or keyframe project.)

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