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Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman

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Beauties and Beasts: Creating Character Contrasts in Design

The most important consideration when designing characters is creating different body language and movement. This consideration is not unique to animation.

The Great Dictator: Charlie Chaplin’s Character Acting

Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR as a rebuke to Adolf Hitler. In this film, Chaplin plays two parts. His Barber character bears an amazing physical resemblance to the Dictator. They never meet. The lives of the Barber and the Dictator intersect only in the last ten minutes of the picture when the Barber replaces the Dictator after appropriating the latter’s uniform. Yet all through the film the denizens of the Ghetto and the “Tomanian” bullies who oppress them do not ...

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