“Attitudes & Acting Beats” (pt. 1 of 3)

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Attitudes & Acting Beats:
How to Plan For, Analyze and Interpret Video Reference.

In this 90-minute lecture/demo, follow feature film animator, Ken Fountain (Monsters Vs. Aliens, Megamind, Shrek Forever After, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss In Boots) as he focuses on the most important elements in his animation process: attitudes, beats, and textures.  Ken let’s you deep inside his workflow and methodically walks you through the rigorous thought and detail that goes in to planning, analyzing and blocking a shot.

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Who are these tutorial videos for?

The “Attitudes & Acting Beats” series is for the student to professional animator, who is looking for new ways to enhance their animated acting performances, and for new approaches to their creative and technical workflow.

Parts 1 through 3 are a detailed walkthrough of the production of a single shot.  While each video can be valuable as a stand-alone lesson, it is best to view them in sequence as a series. 

Released: 2013

5 reviews for “Attitudes & Acting Beats” (pt. 1 of 3)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I found this tutorial super informative, even for someone like me with 10 years experience. There is lots to take away from this and I will definitely be watching it many times to mine all the gold here!
    Thanks Ken for creating such a cool and affordable product.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This three-part series is by far the best tutorial on character animation I have seen. It goes all the way from first acting ideas to a polished final shot that you could use on your animation reel. First I have to say that English is not my mother tongue, but Ken talks clearly and pronounced, making it able to follow along without any problems! I like that he presents his personal approach and never sounds preachy. The points he makes are always clear and always come from the same origin of trying to create a believable acting performance. I certainly will think about his great workflow and try to incorporate his ideas into my work the next time I animate a shot! I highly recommend all three parts of this series!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Just finished watching “Attitudes & Acting”, and I just wanted to say… AMAZING! I really love the workflow Ken uses and just how he pushes what he is teaching in this video, EMOTION! Not too technical, but really what the overall feeling the scene should be pushing and what us, as the viewer, needs to see and feel to absorb what is going on into the scene. Compared to other tutorials I have watched in the past, Ken keeps it light and entertaining to learn from him. I can’t wait to grab all the other videos he comes out with, keeps me inspired to reach my goal being an animator!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I bought this tutorial when it was hosted over at Jason Ryan Animation, and I have to say that this is the best, most entertaining, and most watchable tutorial that I have seen (and I have watched/own a TON!)

    Even my fiancee who is not involved in the animation world at all enjoyed watching this with me, she said that it was definitely more entertaining than any other training video she had seen.

    The way that the steps in the process are broken down makes everything so accessible, and really shines a light on how to take your work to the next level, ie, what makes animation go from making things move to making things really come alive.

    I am so excited to watch the next two tutorials, I bought them as soon as they went live, and they are on my to-watch list.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    It is the best animation tutorial i have been watched. Ken Fountain’s workflow really inspires me. I suggest all these 3 part videos for all animators.

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