Blog Article by Ashita Mishra (Student of Arena Park Street)

Arena Multimedia Park Street (APS) has been organising various workshops and seminar for the benefits of the students to help them attain a better foothold in world of “ANIMATION”.

A workshop on “Acting For Animation” was organized by APS on 28th September 2015 conducted by Anirban sir and Manibuddha sir which was full of fun and knowledge. It was the longest(10:00am-7:00pm) ever workshop taken by the faculties in the institution. We started it in the morning and were surprised to know that the evening arrived so early that day. This workshop was a beginning of a different world to me.

The acting session started with a game to relax our minds and to disconnect from the world outside of the Stuart Lab.

The real acting started when we were asked to act like a dog and bark continuously. With this activity we got to know various moods and expressions of a dog. As this activity got over, two students were selected and were asked to face each other, where one was to stand like a statue and the other was to burst out his/her anger on the other person. This helped us to take out our negativity.


Students playing games to relax themselves

Fun with acting started when each one of us was given to act like a particular person in a particular situation. The situations were as follows:

  • You are 5yrs old and any how you want a chocolate.
  • You are a doctor but are bound to go for consulting another doctor.
  • How did you manage to have a hard drink at your home?
  • You suddenly found a lost jewellery.
  • Your reaction having a bite full of green chilly
  • You failed in an examination for the first time.
  • You are a kid and are going to get injection for getting hurt.
  • You got an unexpected model of cycle.
  • You are a tailor of animals and have gone to take the measurements of an elephant.
  • Your dad is going for a transfer for 2yrs and you bid him good bye.

As this got over, we were offered with a cup of coffee and were asked to have it. The twist came up after we had finished it, we were asked to have another cup of coffee but this time without a cup.


Coffee Drinking Exercise

The acting started to increase when we were given few dialogues and were asked to act the same dialogue in different expressions like angry, happy, sad and afraid.

Then came the most exciting part of the session which was to act where a mask. The concept of the mask was basically taken from the “kabuki mask”, mostly used in the Japanese Theaters. Acting, wearing this mask helped us to improve our body gestures and our hand expressions more accurate.


A glimpse of some of the activities performed by us

Things that we learnt during the day are those which no one can learn without experiencing this kind of workshop.

After this acting session I look upon myself and the world differently. I’m thankful to the faculties of the institution to organize this type of workshop. I look forward to more workshops of this type.


Our Mentors appreciating our enthusiasm



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