The GreenDot Project

October 28, 2008

GreenDot is a research project that investigates motion capture, pattern recognition, and “Intrinsic Biometrics” techniques to detect human body language in video. The goal of the project is to train a computer to recognize a person based on his or her motions, and to identify the person’s emotional state, cultural background, and other attributes.  Part of the research is based in Laban Movement Analysis.

The Animation Bible

September 1, 2008

I contributed a section on developing personality to Maureen Furniss‘ new book, The Animation Bible.  Borrowing the concept of “character bible” from Ed HooksActing for Animators, and based on LMA and Movement Pattern Analysis, the section is a brainstorming exercise that helps you imagine a unique personality for a character you are animating, and connect qualities of movement to those personality traits.

I highly recommend The Animation Bible! It’s a complete reference on contemporary creative practice in animation.

I presented this paper at Animation Universe, the annual conference of the Society for Animation Studies held at Portland State University in June, 2007.  It has been published in Animation Studies, the peer-reviewed online journal for animation history and theory.

The paper is also included in an upcoming book on animation from ICFAI Books.

Read it here.