World Animation Masterclass – Ed Hooks: Acting for Animators
Essential Acting Principles
- Thinking tends to lead to conclusions; emotion tends to lead to action.
- Audiences empathise ONLY with emotion, not with thinking. There is a difference between empathy and sympathy.
- Theatrical reality is not the same thing as regular reality, which is what you get at the grocery store or mall. Theatrical reality has structure, form.
- Your character should play an action in pursuit of a provable objective while overcoming an obstacle.
- Emotion alone carries zero theatrical currency.
- Acting is doing. Emotion tends to lead to action.
- Acting has almost nothing to do with words
- A scene is a negotiation
Ed Hooks is the author of Acting for Animators, 3rd revised edition 2011, Routledge.
After a thirty-year career as a professional actor, he pioneered acting training specifically for animators instead of stage. Mr. Hooks has taught his Acting for Animators masterclass for most major animation studios and videogame companies internationally, including DreamWorks, Sony, EA, Blizzard, Epic, Valve, Ubisoft and Microsoft..
He is on the Board of Advisors for the FMX Animation and Visual Effects Conference in Stuttgart, Germany and is a Master with the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai and Beijing. Ed Hooks lives with his wife, Cally, and Nugget the wonder dog in Los Angeles.