Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)

This documentary is just pure gold for animators! Lon Chaney was a genius character actor and make-up artist with an ability to bring out deep emotions in his performances. His theatrical timing, body posturing, and most importantly his facial performances are phenomenal! Chaney understood the balance between caricatured over acting and the power of subtle reserved acting. Also, pay close attention to his eyes and brows and how they ground the facial performances. Amazing!

Watch for the 'hand' performances (6:28)

Thanks Bill Forche for posting the videos!

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