Nancy Beiman’s second edition of “Animated Performance” set for December release

The cover of author Nancy Beiman's second edition Animated Performance. It is set for a December release.

The cover of author Nancy Beiman’s second edition Animated Performance. It is set for a December release.

Bachelor of Animation professor Nancy Beiman’s second edition of her book Animated Performance will be published by Bloomsbury Press on December 3rd. The new edition will feature contributions from Sheridan Animation graduates Rebecca Liu, Samuel Ma, Ami Thompson and many current students. Beiman announced the news on her Facebook page where she also revealed an image of the advance copy being sent to Sheridan this week.

Animated Performance’s first edition was published in early 2010 and shows how a character can seemingly “come to life” when their movements reflect the emotional or narrative context of their situation. New to the second edition is a bonus chapter with introductory exercises to introduce beginner animators to the the world of animated acting, dozens of new assignments and examples focusing on designing and animating fantasy and animal characters.
The book has been well received by most critics with Jerry Beck from Cartoon Brew calling it an “instant classic” and goes on to say “Beiman’s new book concentrates solely on character animation and she knocks it out of the park.”

In addition, Beiman will be taking part in a podcast on Blogtalk Radio with host Sam Heer on September 13th where they will discuss animated story telling. Third-year Animation student Eustace Ng will also be featured on the podcast as a guest.

For more information on Beiman’s second edition you can visit Fairchild Books website here.

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