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Acting for Visual Storytellers

Acting for Visual Storytellers

A 5 week course where students will learn simple acting techniques to better communicate character actions and emotions
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Acting for Visual Storytellers takes a detailed look at how every choice an artist makes is an opportunity to tell a story. Whether working in story, layout or animation, it’s helpful for every artist to understand the vocabulary and skills used by actors for preparation, script analysis, character development and more. Students will examine film and television clips and learn a variety of simple, effective and immediately usable acting tools and techniques. Taught in a fun and safe atmosphere, this class also gives students the chance to experiment with performing and shooting their own reference with feedback from the instructor. No acting experience is necessary, and scenes will be provided.
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Registration Period
Jan 31, 2024 - Apr 22, 2024
Course Start
Apr 27, 2024

Course Format


Skills Level

All Levels


5 Weeks


Once a week



Lecture Type

Live (recorded sessions)
Deadlines each week
An understanding of basic animation vocabulary. The ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.
Handouts will be provided. Students should have the ability to record and upload videos of themselves acting out short scenes with minimal dialogue.

The more you know, the better.

MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Intro to Acting • Basic acting theory & vocabulary, Uta Hagen basics (Including her Six Questions), Objectives & Actions IN-CLASS EXERCISE: Workshop a simple scene with a scene partner using objectives & actions
MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: How to improve movement choices • How to use Animals as Reference • Body Leads • Laban Movement Analysis IN-CLASS EXERCISE: Group and individual exercises focusing on Laban, Leads & Animals as reference
MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Making Motivated Choices • Intro to Story Structure (The Story Circle, The Hero’s Journey) IN-CLASS EXERCISE: Analyze story structure of short two-minute film as a group ADDITIONAL LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Visual Storytelling
MULTI-PART LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Character Obstacles SEVERAL IN-CLASS EXERCISES: Perform scenario with obstacles (side-coached) • Perform scenes (side-coached) ADDITIONAL LECTURE W/ CLIPS: Character Obstacles, pt. 2
RESENT & REVIEW: Putting it all together • Go over assignments from Week #4

Unleashing your creative potential

Performance Analyst & Visual Consultant
LECTURES BY Allen Simpson
Course Start: Apr 27, 2024
Allen Simpson is an acting/visual consultant for animation. He is currently working on DreamWorks’ Trolls Band Together (2023) and Kung Fu Panda 4 (2024) and was also the acting consultant for The Bad Guys (2021). Allen is also a composer/songwriter and has written songs and voice-directed for The Simpsons and voice-directed for Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones and more. Allen has worked with DreamWorks, Pixar, Blue Sky, Disney, The Third Floor, Cinesite, Telltale Games, CTN, LAAFA, Chapman University, The Animation Collaborative, California College of the Arts and more.

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Jan 31, 2024 - Apr 22, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Apr 27, 2024
Acting for Visual Storytellers

What makes this learning experience unique?


Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.


Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.


Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.


Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.


I’d always felt that my animations lacked life or a certain realism; because of my lack of knowledge/experience. However, this class has helped me become completely aware of the ideas or ways I’m supposed to think when I’m animating a character ‘acting’.


This was a great course! I started to see improvement in my animation choices, shooting references, coming up with great ideas for my animation. Really useful and practical.


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