Have been busy for the past 3 months working on new acting shots from ianimate.
This is my first time taking a workshop in iAnimate.
I decided to go for the iAnimate workshop after my short stint at lucasfilm singapore.
One of the decision for that was because before my contract ended for the feature project, i asked for a review from my supervisor.
He had worked with me closely, so i really wanted to ask for his feedback to improve myself.
We had a very long chat about animation and i think one of the thing he said that stuck with me was that i should try and do some sincere acting test. He was very nice to give me some pointers to advance myself.
So i looked around and decided that iAnimate have some very sincere acting test coming from the students, and i decided that i should go with it.
I know personally from friends that iAnimate working method relies heavily on reference, and it is a very different approach of how i used to do animation before. But i decided to go with it with an open mind.
Can’t deny that i used to have the mentality that using reference is considered cheating in the past.
But after this two test, i think there are certain advantages for relying on references. The body mechanics part feel more grounded if there is a reference to refer back to. But there are certain things i think that references cannot achieve. One thing for sure(at least for myself) is that i don’t think everything can be really done in one take, unless you are a super actor/actress.
So i do find myself referring back to other takes for certain things like the feel of that blink, or that look away which i like.
There are certain areas you would want to speed up, certain accent you want/don’t want to hit. These are all choices that we have to make according to our shot. And you also have to add certain nuances that will help to elevate the shot that wasn’t there in your reference initially.
Overall, i really like my experience at iAnimate. Especially thanks to my mentor Luke Randall who pushes me every week in my work, and is a lipsync guru. And not to mention that you can also look at the recordings of other mentors in the vault which will open up your mind to more possibilities.
Till the next post! 🙂