Subtext - WIP

Hmm. I can't believe I did a animation on black eye. But, I hope the acting and animation works.

The assignment was to do a One Person Dialogue with Subtext. The teachers assigned each of us with a Dialogue. They also had a bunch of subtexts written on folded papers. They would call us, and we had to pick a subtext. So we had to animate the assigned Dialogue with the subtext we picked.

The subtext I got when I picked was "Your character is trying to hide something".

Most of the critique I got this week was about polishing. From start to frame 90, they told me to make the mouth shapes look "happy" because she's excited about something and wants to show it to the professor. And also that would be a nice contrast to what happens after the gear-change.

They told me to open her eyes more at 26, because she "sees" the professor and then reacts. The "o" mouth shape at 26, when saying "Oh! Professor", needs some anticipation by opening and then tightening really close.

From 95 onwards, since she talks so fast, they asked me to combine few accents into one mouth shape, so that there isn't the chattering going on. They said "we don't talk like that".

Also my "F" and "M" mouth shapes need work.


Gerardo Castellanos said...

Waooo.. really nice change of feeling.. from 87 to 117 is very subtle, smoth..I like how she move her eyes.

Really like it!

Alex said...

I think your use of subtext works well, it's like she is trying to keep her mind off her black eye by working and she forgets about it until half way through speaking with the professor. She seems geuinuely happy to see the professor, so I concluded that it was not the professor that caused the black eye.

shiva said...

ya...thats what the teachers asked me to do.

RD Sarna said...

i really love the subtle take she does while speaking! this stuff is awesome.....

Shiva, is there a way to contact you by mail? I mean can you give me your email id. I had to ask something about the turn animation you critiqued on my blog.....

shiva said...


you can email me at

tuhina said...

i liked her expressions.. spl the subtle change in emotions..very much human..

nice advice on the advice pic..
thnx 4 visiting