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Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion

with Chris Kirshbaum

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This is Chris's second lecture in a series on character animation using software: Maya. Using the same character rig as in Character Animation: Fundamentals, Chris leads you down the twin paths of successful character animation: mechanics and emotion. Conjoining believable motion with believable acting is the holy grail of animation, and this duality is demonstrated by animating the bouncing man. Chris covers appealing poses, believable weight distribution, activation of limbs, use of gesture to demonstrate attitude, the aura of the character and effective utilization of the stage.


Duration: 164 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

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  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion
  • Character Animation: Mechanics and Emotion

Chris Kirshbaum

Lead Animator at Cinesite Studios (Montreal)

Chris Kirshbaum is an animator, teacher, and public speaker whose work has appeared in more than 25 feature films, as well as several shorts, DVD extras, and holiday TV specials. He has worked in 2D animation as a Special Effects Artist and in 3D animation as a Character Animator. 


In addition to animating at DreamWorks, Chris has worked as both a Lead and Supervising Animator at Cinesite in Montreal, and has mentored many students in the production of their short films. He has taught for more than 7 years at Gnomon School in Hollywood and also teaches for other schools, in addition to The Gnomon Workshop.


  • Chris is very fluent in the art of animation. Whether it is animating very subtle emotions or commandeering an extremely complex scene with multiple characters performing Kung Fu moves, Chris has the talent, patience and perseverance, assuring every scene he animates is of the utmost quality. In addition to his skill set, Chris has the remarkable ability of presenting his knowledge and experience to many others in a clear, concise and constructive forum. He "Can do" and "Can teach". Any student would greatly benefit from the tutelage of Mr. Kirshbaum.

    - Dan Wagner
    Head of Character Animation, Kung Fu Panda