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How to Make Animated Films by Kathryn Spencer, Tony White

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Masterclass 9 

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Dialog

Class objective: To create a really convincing character talking, utilizing good body language and facial expressions, and accurately syncing mouth movements.

Equipment required: Lightbox, pencil, and paper, and an audio track, broken down.

The first thing to be recognized in dialog animation is that it is not just about making the lips move in perfect synchronization with the audio track! It is important to do this, of course, but really great dialog animation is all about emotion and expression, mood and posture. Most of these things come from the systematic action the animator first places in the body language of a character ...

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