Character Movement for Animation Workshops by Lorin Eric Salm
Workshops for 2D and 3D
Professional and Student Animators

Fun, exciting workshops that get
animators on their feet to learn how
characters express with the body


Taught by Lorin Eric Salm
• Former student of Marcel Marceau
• Movement instructor to Cirque du Soleil
• Movement coach for film & television
• Character Reference Actor for Animation



In the art of Animation, movement and characterization are obviously key points of interest to artists. Careful analysis of the body and its possibilities in natural and stylized movement is invaluable. Character Movement for Animation offers animators a greater understanding of the potential of a character’s physical expression, and of how characters visually express personality, thought, and emotion with the body.

In these workshops, some concepts are introduced through lecture and demonstration. There is no substitute, though, for hands-on experience, so animators participate in exercises and improvisations to achieve a better understanding. Printed materials accompany each workshop for later reference.

Workshop topics range from the basic nature of stylized movement to taking full advantage of 3D animation. Concepts include:

General Movement Theory:
* Breathing Life into Animation

Physical Expression:
* Visual life throughout the body
* Showing thought and emotion
* Moving in 3D

Character Development:
* Movement centers
* Expanding the possibilities
* Layers


Excerpts from The Relevance of Mime in Animation
presented at

CTN animation eXpo


On Lorin Eric Salm's Character Movement for Animation Workshops:

"His many ideas for giving life to animated characters . . . show how well he understands the craft of animation. We can without reservation recommend him to teach and expand the palette of animators, students and journeymen alike."

— Mark Dindal (Director) & Randy Fullmer (Producer)
The Emperor's New Groove and Chicken Little
Walt Disney Feature Animation

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Lorin Eric SalmTrained in Paris, France, by the world-renowned master of mime Marcel Marceau, Lorin Eric Salm brings thirty years of training and experience in Theatrical Mime and theatre to workshops he created specifically for animation artists. He has trained animators and story artists in-house at Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Rhythm & Hues Studios, and has trained animation students at California Institute of the Arts, Ohio State University Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, Bridges Institute of Visual Arts at CrainRoyer Studios, Australia's Queensland University of Technology, and at his own Mime Theatre Studio in Los Angeles.

Mr. Salm is also a consulting movement instructor to Cirque du Soleil, and a movement coach and mime coach for major Hollywood film and television productions, including Surrogates with Bruce Willis, and FX’s Nip/Tuck. His performing includes work as a character reference actor for animated film and television productions.


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