Acclaimed Animation Workshop at Cogswell College


Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Dragon’s Den

If you want your character to sell the story, then don’t miss Ed Hooks Acting for Animators. This special class is open only to Cogswell students and invited guests.

Today’s character animators must do more than move pixels around the screen. They need to understand the motivation of their CG actors and bring a sense of realism to the resulting behaviors. In Ed Hooks’ class, students explore how to turn emotion into action. Making a character look sad or happy does not move your story forward but how your character reacts to the happy or sad does.

One former workshop attendee said, “The class added a new dimension to character animation for me that I hadn’t considered. My mind is bubbling with new ideas and I can’t wait to try some things out!”

Anyone who wants to be an Animator, 3D Modeler, Game Designer, TD or Art Director will gain from the experience.

Ed Hooks, a theatre professional for three decades, pioneered acting training specifically for animators instead of stage actors. His books, Acting for Animators and Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films, are standard texts at animation schools all over the world.

He has taught Acting for Animators at most major film and game studios including: Disney, Blue Sky, Sony, Valve, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Animal Logic, Microsoft, Blizzard and Epic Games. He has also presented the course internationally in Germany, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Australia, Canada, China and the UK. Twice, he has been a featured speaker at SIGGRAPH and GDC. Mr. Hooks is on the Board of Advisors of FMX in Stuttgart, Germany and has been a regular presenter at Animex, an International Animation Festival in Teesside, England and Swansea Animation Days in South Wales.

Cogswell students – bring your inner actor and get ready take your animation to the extreme!

RSVP required.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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