The Gnomon Workshop

Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films

Animating Stylized Facial Expressions with Victor Navone

Description

In this workshop, Victor Navone, Supervising Animator at Pixar Animation Studios, reveals the art of facial animation for feature films using a style similar to Pixar. Learn how to animate a shot from start to finish and discover Victor’s workflow tips, guidelines, and essential tools for creating appealing, feature-quality facial performances for CG-animated characters.


Victor has been animating at Pixar since 2000, starting on Monsters, Inc. and working on every feature film as well a number of shorts, including the “SparksShorts.” In this three-hour workshop, he discusses what exactly “appeal” in animation means as well as how to apply it to your animations. The importance of asymmetry is covered including how to use lines of action when developing rhythm in expressions. The lessons also delve into facial anatomy and how to push exaggeration in animation for appealing results, as well as how to stylize — and even cheat — expressions to make them look great for a specific camera view.


The lecture begins with warm-up expression exercises and an introduction to the character model from Long Winter Studios, detailing how to utilize drawings and model sheets by great animation artists to interpret 2D drawings into 3D expressions. Lessons continue into planning out a complete shot using dialog to animate to, teaching the animation block-out stage for the face and body, before covering the brow mechanics and how to animate the eyes and lips. To conclude this detailed and informative start-to-finish tutorial, Victor ends with the final touches that polish off a facial performance scene suitable for a feature film.


Duration: 189 Minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

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  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films
  • Facial Animation for Feature Animated Films

Victor Navone

Animator at Pixar Animation Studios

Victor Navone is a traditional artist and computer animator. He was born in Chula Vista, California, and has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He worked for several years as a Conceptual Designer and 3D Artist in the computer games industry. In 1998, Navone began studying 3D character animation in his spare time. One of his early animation exercises, “Alien Song,” went on to become a viral internet clip and caught the attention of Pixar Animation Studios, who hired him as a full-time Animator in 2000. He currently resides in Oakland, California with his wife and two children.


Navone's feature animation credits include the films Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Toy Story 3, Brave, The Good Dinosaur, Coco, and Onward. He’s also contributed to several short films, including “Lou,” “Bao,” and “Kitbull.” For his work on WALL-E, he won an award from the Visual Effects Society. He's also co-directed a series of short “Cars Toons” for television and was a Supervising Animator on Inside Out. He has been teaching animation since 2005.


See Victor Navone's animation work at vimeo.com/victornavone and follow his personal artwork on Instagram @victornavone.