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Ideas for the Animated Short, 2nd Edition by Gary Schumer, Karen Sullivan

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Chapter 3

Acting: Exploring the Human Condition

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The Songs of Jacques Brel, Photo Courtesy of Florida Studio Theatre

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The Kite by Gwynne Olson-Wheeler

Animators are actors. They create every nuance of a performance and breathe life into each character that they animate. The very essence of their art embodies the root of the word animation—anima, which in Latin means breath of life. Kathy Altieri, Production Designer at DreamWorks Feature Animation, explains it this way:

When you’re an artist, you have to feel and experience what you’re trying to ...

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