On the 15th of February we went to a masterclass by Ed Hooks. Ed Hooks has been teaching drama for over 20 years and has appeared in American Sitcoms such as 'Days of our lives'. Recently over the last 5-6 years he has been teaching animators how to act within the games and film industry. During the lecture I took down many notes which helped me look at character performance in a whole new other way.
The Difference between us (animators) and stage actors:
Stage actors work in the present moment. We do no have a present moment, we have an illusion of the present moment.
THINKING TENDS TO LEAD TO CONCLUSIONS; EMOTIONS TENDS TO LEAD TO ACTION.
No emotion without thinking.
The definition of Emotion: Emotion is an automatic value response.
Every character has different values and therefore emotion would be an automatic response towards these values which often doesnt require thinking.
Empathy (Feeling to) VS Sympathy (Feeling for)
Empathy involves identifying yourself with the character rather then feeling sorry for the character. Humans only empathise with emotion which is why characters need heart unless the character is a sociopath as they do not empathise. The word empathy came around in 1926, prior to that they used the word sympathy for empathy which is why even now many people still do not use the term properly.
One of the necessities for empathy is distance. We as humans would not empathise with a character we can control such as in games which is why cinematics are used to swith empathy on and off.
A person who will not get it together is pursuing death and we as humans need to distance ourselves in order for our survival.
THE COMMON PROBLEM IN ANIMATION IS THAT MOVING ILLUSTRATIONS ARE CREATED RATHER THEN PERFORMANCE.
Theatrical Reality VS Regular Reality.
The difference between these two is that regular reality shows absolutely everything whereas theatrical reality is selected in order to tell a story.