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Posing Foundations 03 | Storytelling poses





Learn how to take your posing to a deeper level, this time by the hand of Mikros’ animator Nicolas Sterpone. In this course, we will see how your poses can have a strong emotional communication, appeal and push the entertainment value of your performances. 


April 16th to May 28th, 2023.
6 Live sessions in total, 2 hrs each.

Sundays 7:00-9:00 am PST

(Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7).



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In order to tell a story we need our animations be clear and powerful at many levels. In this course, we will learn the importance of video reference and how it should be used to find those special poses that will shine and set the base of our shots. Then, we will learn how each emotion is represented and uses the animation techniques in different ways ( lines of action, timing, spacing... ) and little by little build our way up to make our poses be more powerful to captivate the audience's attention in very interesting ways. This an essential course for those interested in creating engaging characters full of personality. 

Course Breakdown

Session 1: Refreshing the basics - line of action, weight and balance, twists, silhouette, avoiding twinning, staging and how to combine these tools to achieve successful posing.

Session 2: Full body emotional posing - focusing on joy, sadness, anger and fear. 

Session 3: The power of video reference and how to base your pose in it  (identifying key poses, extremes and breakdowns).

Session 4: Appeal and design principles.

Session 5: Entertainment value - contrast and caricature, how to push your poses and provide entertainment value.

Session 6: Different approaches to posing in Maya (poses for: illustration, previz and animation passes,  poses functional to camera and poses working from every angle) working from reference / thumbnails




Nicola Sterpone

Nicola is an Italian animator living in Montreal and currently working at Mikros Animation .

Nicola has an incredible depth and range of experience including Captain Underpants (Mikros for Dreamworks animation), vfx creature animation on shows like His Dark Materials (HBO) and Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald (WB), lead teams of animators on Paw Patrol the Movie (Mikros Animation for Spin Masters) and Under The Boardwalk (Dneg for Paramount Animation), worked on the feature Nimona (completed by Dneg animation for Netflix) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles installment, Mutant Mayhem (with Mikros for Paramount Animation). 

Nicola is a strong believer of the power of posing in the storytelling process, the ability to capture the essence of an action through a single drawing\pose is critical to build solid foundations for your animation.

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