Introduction to Acting

Take Your Performance to the Next Level

Try on a New Role

In the Introduction to Character Acting animation course, you’ll tackle two of the most challenging aspects of character animation: pantomime acting and animating dialogue. Through pantomime acting, you’ll learn to show your character’s emotions to the audience without narration or dialogue. Then you’ll move on to the most exciting concept in character animation: dialogue acting. Watch as the improvement in your animation directly impacts the quality of your characters!

Introduction to Character Acting Animation Course


$2,499 USD

Start the Week of
September 23, 2024

Apply By
July 28, 2024

Pro Animators Mentor You to Be Successful

Our mentors are the heart and soul of Animation Mentor. They are professional, working animators from studios like Pixar, DreamWorks, and Industrial Light & Magic, who will teach you the ins and outs of production-level animation. Take the stage in Introduction to Character Acting animation course, the fourth of our Core Character Animation Courses.

Ere Santos - Body Mechanics Mentor

Ere Santos

Senior Animator
Sony Pictures Imageworks

Ere has been a professional animator since 2017 and is currently a senior animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Originally from Canada, Ere has worked at prominent studios including Pixar, MPC, and DEG.

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Ray Ross - Introduction to Acting Mentor

Ray Ross

Senior Animator
Epic Games

Ray Ross has been a professional animator since 2006 and is currently a Senior Animator at Epic Games. He started at Blue Sky Studios on Horton Hears a Who! and worked there for nearly 13 years before joining Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Sidney Kombo - Advanced Body Mechanics Mentor

Sidney Kombo

Senior Animation Supervisor
Weta FX

Sidney Kombo-Kintombo is currently a senior animation supervisor at Wētā FX . He has won two Annie Awards for his work in War for the Planet of the Apes and Avengers: Endgame. He also won a Visual Effect Society (VES) Award for Outstanding Character Animation in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Once you've applied and been accepted into Animation Mentor, you can choose your mentor and register for class.

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July 15 - September 22, 2024

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Personalized Mentorship

Our mentors are working professionals with years of experience under their belts, and they’re passionate about training the next generation of animators. In this course, you will learn from your mentor in live sessions as they share insights about what studios are working on and what qualities they look for in an animator. Your mentor will work directly with you to grow your skills, sharing weekly 1:1 feedback and reviews to help you improve your animation.

Studio-Level Animation Tools and Assets

We teach our students how to work in a studio environment so they are ready for jobs when they graduate. This training starts from day one, with exclusive access to professionally designed assets and character rigs. We ensure that they learn using the same tools and animation workflows that professionals use in their day-to-day work.

Course Requirements for Introduction to Acting

Course Details

LIVE Q&As | Weekly 1-Hour Q&As

LECTURES | 12 Pre-recorded Lectures

ASSIGNMENTS | 2 Animation Exercises

ACCESS |Over 150 hours of additional content

SOFTWARE | Autodesk Maya

HARDWARE | Meet Minimum Requirements

AGE | 18 Years or Older

LANGUAGE | Taught in English

Skills You Need Before You Start

This character animation course requires you to have a working understanding of, and experience with, Autodesk Maya software. If you don’t you can take our Maya Basics Workshop.


What You’ll Learn

Now that your body mechanics are solid, let’s focus on introducing more nuanced character performances. In this course you will:

  • Craft impactful performances through pantomime and body language
  • Learn the basics of full facial animation, including lip sync, and how facial acting is incorporated into the full performance
  • Elevate your acting skills by utilizing the techniques of subtext and subtlety
  • Enhance your shots with secondary action, adding believability and appeal to any performance
  • Apply polishing to facial animation and lip sync without sacrificing the clarity of your poses

Animation Mentor Interest-Free Payment Plans

Animation Mentor offers interest-free payment plans. Payment Plans allow students to distribute the $2,499 USD tuition into flexible payments throughout the school term.

Per Month

$500 to save your seat and
6 monthly installments of $333.

Per Month

$500 to save your seat and
4 monthly installments of $500.

Per Month

$624 to save your seat and
3 monthly installments of $625.

FAQ for Introduction to Acting

What is the difference between method acting and character acting?

Method actors try to embody the characters they are playing. To perform method acting, an actor will transform into the character by memorizing the script and diving into the character’s background and inner life. Character actors, however, follow lines and blocking more closely, without disolving fully into the character they are playing.

What is pantomime in acting?

Pantomime acting is the art of acting without speaking any actual words. In pantomime, actors use facial expressions and body movements to convey emotions and move the story forward.

Why is pantomime important to acting?

Pantomime is a very important element of acting. When you can tell a story solely through body movement, that movement will enhance any added dialogue that the character delivers. Mechanics and dialogue work together to tell great stories and bring exciting characters to life.

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