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Realistic Acting





Acting is arguably the most captivating aspect of animation. The challenge of conveying emotions and feelings is at the heart of every animator's craft. Join Clement Pierre, lead animator on the acclaimed series Arcane, as he guides you through his expert workflow to create compelling and believable acting shots.


Running 21 August to October the 2nd, 2024, every Wednesday.

6 Live sessions in total.

From 12 pm - 2 pm (PST) / 20:00 - 22:00 (GMT +2:00)


One Single payment : $385

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Acting stands out as one of the most enchanting facets of animation. The ability to express emotions and feelings through animated characters lies at the core of an animator's work. Achieving success in animated acting demands an advanced skill set, including a profound understanding of human behavior, meticulous attention to detail, and a robust technical background.

In our advanced course, you'll have the rare chance to learn from Clement Pierre, the lead animator behind the renowned Netflix series Arcane. With Clement's vast expertise and experience, you'll gain invaluable insights into the world of top-tier animation. He will walk you through his professional workflow, teaching you how to craft convincing and emotionally resonant acting shots using industry-leading techniques.

Course Breakdown

Session 1: Introduction to Acting

  • Explore what makes good acting, using examples from live-action and animation.

  • Analyze and break down voice acting from audio files, emphasizing rhythm

Session 2: Reference Analysis

  • Understand your video reference by sketching on it and finding the key poses.

  • Get a demonstration on student references.

  • Learn about staging: setting up your Maya scene and your rig, and making a simple layout to prevent technical issues.

Session 3: Building Strong Key Poses

  • Understand the importance of key poses and how to think from big shapes to small details.

  • Watch a demo on transitioning from T-pose to key pose.

Session 4: Face and Hands

  • Add emotion to your blocking by mastering facial expressions and expressive hand poses.

  • Understand the difference between cartoon and realism, focusing on balance and subtlety.

  • Watch a demo of a realistic facial expression.

Session 5: Timing Your Acting Shots

  • Add good timing to your acting shots using breakdowns and in-betweens while still using your reference footage.

  • Watch a demo of breaking down a blocking, using the appropriate tools.

Session 6: Refining Your Blocking

  • Push your blocking to its best by adding details, secondary actions, and breathing.

  • Watch a demo on students' blockings.

  • Learn how to create effective references, from warming up to choosing the best footage.



Clément Pierre


Clement Pierre is a highly skilled animator with extensive experience in the animation industry. He served as Lead Animator for Fortiche Production on Arcane Season 2 from December 2021 to July 2023. Prior to that, he was a Storyboarder for Arcane Season 2 and an Animator on Arcane Season 1. He also worked as a Senior 3D Animator at Hornet, contributing to the Mac Miller music video "Colors and Shapes," and taught 3D animation at GOBELINS, l'école de l'image. His portfolio includes work on DreamWorks' Captain Underpants at Mikros Animation.

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