The key to good acting on the stage is using strong, varied actions to overcome obstacles and achieve clear objectives; the same is true in film and animation performance. This course is designed to teach students how to apply these acting skills to their performance, and is open to those without previous acting experience. Great actors and animators turn internal emotion or thoughts into clear physical actions. Beginning with the theory that all acting is action, students will learn how to create authentic characters, staged in a visual way with movement, weight, timing, and physics. Exploring the uses and benefits of improvisational theater for film and animation, students will explore issues of pacing, conflict, and relationships between characters. They will do in-class physical acting exercises that they can use in their own work, with their own bodies, in ways that will deepen their expression and insights to character.