The Gnomon Workshop

Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion

with Chris Kirshbaum

Description

This is Chris's second lecture in a series on character animation using software: Maya. Using the same character rig as in Character Animation: Fundamentals, Chris leads you down the twin paths of successful character animation: mechanics and emotion. Conjoining believable motion with believable acting is the holy grail of animation, and this duality is demonstrated by animating the bouncing man. Chris covers appealing poses, believable weight distribution, activation of limbs, use of gesture to demonstrate attitude, the aura of the character and effective utilization of the stage.


Duration: 164 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

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  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion

Chris Kirshbaum

Character Animator

Chris Kirshbaum is an alumnus of CalArts Character Animation, and has a BA in fine arts (drawing) from Arizona State University. He is currently a Character Animator at Dreamworks. Chris's film credits as a character animator include Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens. In addition to teaching in the Dreamworks internal artistic development and training programs, he currently teaches character animation at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. When not ensconced in the world of animation, Chris can usually be found either on a football field or behind a drum kit.

  • Chris is very fluent in the art of animation. Whether it is animating very subtle emotions or commandeering an extremely complex scene with multiple characters performing Kung Fu moves, Chris has the talent, patience and perseverance, assuring every scene he animates is of the utmost quality. In addition to his skill set, Chris has the remarkable ability of presenting his knowledge and experience to many others in a clear, concise and constructive forum. He "Can do" and "Can teach". Any student would greatly benefit from the tutelage of Mr. Kirshbaum.

    - Dan Wagner
    Head of Character Animation, Kung Fu Panda