Chapter 7. Building Emotion: The Basics of the Eyes

The brows and the eyes tell us what we need to know about a character's thoughts. Primarily, the brows have two major movements, brows Up/Down and brows Squeeze. The brows Up/Down alone don't tell us a whole lot about emotion; they are used in conjunction with the brows Squeeze and different combinations of the lids. Generally, brows Squeeze is in every emotion; regardless of type of emotion, it denotes thought.

The upper lids tell us the alertness of a character, and the lower lids intensify emotions. The eyeballs mainly just communicate where a character is looking. The subtext of that can lead to some powerful emotion, but the eyeballs themselves don't say a whole lot; it's the entire eye area ...

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