What About Those Guys in the Back? Techniques and Purpose of Enhancing the Performance and Acting of Background Characters
Bishop, Christopher David
Savannah, Georgia : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Animation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Animation
Includes bibliographical references (pages 41-42).
Filmography: page 43.
Includes author's animated short film "Harmony."
Secondary/background characters are often underused in establishing the setting and enhancing the performance of primary characters within animation. These characters may be posed unnaturally, make overly broad motions, or appear as blank slates that fail to enhance the shot in which they appear. This thesis aims to enhance background character performance through the study and application of human nonverbal communication. Successful and poor utilization of background characters will be explored from multiple film sources to rationalize the enhancement of background characters. In Harmony, the visual component of this thesis, nonverbal communication forms including postural echoing, body posture, and gaze behavior, develop an internal thought process for the characters that enhances the performance of the focal character. Successful utilization of secondary characters not only enhance the direction of the narrative, but also support the key characters in film.
Keywords: background characters, secondary characters, gesture, nonverbal communication, postural echoing
CHAIR: Silva, Jose Luis
PDF (43 pages) : illustrations (some color)
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