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Action! Acting Lessons for CG Animators (John and Kristin Kundert-Gibbs)
Also includes a DVD of a unique collection of actors performing the techniques described in the book.
Interview with author Kristin Kundert-Gibbs
Bioenergetics is no longer
restricted to offices and homes — it’s now being used in classrooms. Kristin
Kundert-Gibbs uses Bioenergetics, a system of therapy that combines breathing
and body exercises, in her advanced acting class at the
“Acting is about figuring out the psychology
of a human being and how that psychology manifests itself in behavior, external
presentation,” Kundert-Gibbs said.
has been using Bioenergetics as a tool for teaching for almost 20 years after
learning about it while earning a Master of Fine Arts in acting from The Ohio
State University. Her husband also uses Bioenergetics in his animation work.
The two wrote Action!: Acting Lessons for
CG Animators, which covers basic and advanced acting techniques for
computer graphic animation.
is used as a tool to help Kundert-Gibbs’s students in the development of
characters, connecting the external body to internal psychological workings to
better understand human beings. Her students begin by studying and identifying
character types and then transform their own bodies into extremes of the
character types. The students interact with the environment, objects and each
other within the character type being studied.
can’t, or don’t do, the things that you do in your normal body,” Kundert-Gibbs
said, about her students interacting within character types.
react very positively to the integration of Bioenergetics in their acting
lessons. They begin to recognize the character types in themselves and others,
Kundert-Gibbs said. They also feel it’s a good way to get outside themselves in
creating something new and different, she said. Ultimately, it expands their
understanding of human beings, in how to interact or what to avoid with
different character types, and expands the students’ tools for their work.
could potentially be used for anything from police work to group building to
management, Kundert-Gibbs said. It brings insight into people, and helps any
profession that requires an understanding of human beings. However, for her and
Bioenergetics is specifically useful as a tool
in developing characters’ movements, external appearances and voices.
more information on Professor Kundert-Gibbs, visit http://www.drama.uga.edu/acting/people.php.
Author, Kristen Kundert-Gibbs
If you want to breathe new life into your CG characters, you need to understand the actor's perspective. Within these pages, you'll discover how to apply expert acting techniques directly to your animation. From utilizing Commedia lazzi, to breathing in patterns that create emotion, to analyzing energy sources and blocks within the body, you'll dramatically increase your CG animator toolbox for developing a character. You'll learn how to apply these acting secrets so your character really connects with the audience for a memorable performance.