The Art of Storytelling

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Here’s Your Pizza, Why Me?

Here’s Your Pizza, Why Me?

If you've ever attended an acting class worth it's salt, one of the first things you'll be criticised for is how you use your arms. Beginning actors, particularly in monologues or song performances, consistently default into "W-poses" or "pizza-delivery" poses, and...

Notes and Colors in Sing-Syncing

Notes and Colors in Sing-Syncing

Now that we’ve discussed tidal volume (the low volume of air in the lungs required to support most non-stressful activities) and minute...

Tidal Volume and Minute Volume

Tidal Volume and Minute Volume

Animators and artists spend significant amounts of time studying physiology, human emotions, body language and the like. We are interested...

Thinking in Poses

Thinking in Poses

One of the cardinal rules of animation is that good poses make for good performances. An animator once told me that good animation must be...

Eyes 101

Eyes 101

What’s wrong with this picture? Something is wrong with the woman in the center. Can you tell?  She’s dead. The Victorians had a strange...

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From Disney to Indie Animation with Tom Bancroft

From Disney to Indie Animation with Tom Bancroft

My guest in this episode is Tom Bancroft, who was the Supervising Animator for Mushu on Disney’s animated feature Mulan. He was also an animator on Pocahontas, Tarzan, Young Simba on Lion King, and Iago on Aladdin. You might know Tom has a twin brother named Tony, who...