Animex speakers

Ed Hooks

Acting Instructor and Author

Speaking at Animex Game

Ed Hooks Ed is a pioneer in the teaching of acting theory to animators. He is the author of Acting for Animators and Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films and has lectured at studios and animation schools the world over.

He has taught for Disney on three continents, PDI/DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Blue Sky, Black Rock, Ubisoft, Midway Games, Epic Games, Valve Software and many others. He has taught in Australia, Brazil, Singapore and many places in between.


Talk: Make them care – a primer on empathy in games

Empathy means ‘feeling into’, ‘identifying with’, ‘relating to’, and it is the rare game that can evoke it in a player. For starters, it is impossible to empathise with a character you can control because it is impossible to empathise with yourself. In this talk, Ed Hooks, author of Acting for Animators, will lay out a few of the challenges involved as well as some possible approaches. There are many ways to encourage a more nuanced emotional experience for the player, but if what you want is empathy, that is a whole other matter.

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