The Relevance of Mime in Animation: Character Movement

Title: The Relevance of Mime in Animation: Character Movement
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
CTNX09: Filmed Nov 2009; Posted May 2010
Length 20 min
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Lorin Eric Salm is the creator of Character Movement for Animation, a series of workshops using concepts and techniques from the art of Theatrical Mime to expand animators’ insight into the ways in which characters express personality, thought, and emotion through the body.  Since he first developed these workshops in 1996, he has taught them to professional animators at Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Rhythm & Hues, working with the teams from such films as Shrek, Chicken Little, and Dinosaur.  He has also instructed student animators at California Institute of the Arts and Bridges Institute of Visual Arts.

Lorin was a student of the late French master of mime Marcel Marceau, and is a graduate of Marceau’s Paris International School of Mimodrama.  He has been practicing mime for almost 30 years, and teaching for 18.  Lorin is an actor in theatre, film, and television, and has performed in Paris, Israel, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.  He is a movement coach for major Hollywood film and television productions, including the 2009 feature film Surrogates with Bruce Willis.  Lorin coaches for stage performance as well, including ongoing work as a Theatrical Mime instructor for the performers of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.  Since 2001, he has taught Theatrical Mime workshops and classes at his own Mime Theatre Studio in Los Angeles.

With his Character Movement for Animation workshops, Lorin gets animators on their feet—feeling, exploring, and understanding what and how the body of a character expresses to an audience.  His teaching goes beyond what animators learn in traditional training, and offers them a unique method for learning how to turn their characters’ movement into meaning.

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