Ed Hooks

Professional Actor, Acting Coach and Writer

Ed Hooks, a professional actor for 30 years, pioneered acting training specifically for animators instead of stage and movie actors, and he is the author of Acting for Animators, currently available in a revised third edition.

Ed Hooks has taught for most major animation studios and video game companies, including Disney Animation, DreamWorks/PDI, Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Valve Software, Technicolor, Electronic Arts (EA), Animal Logic, and Warner Brothers Games.  Additionally, he has taught for many premier animation schools, among them Ringling College of Art and Design, Bournemouth University, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, the National Film & Television School, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany. He has presented multiple times at SIGGRAPH and the Game Developer’s Conference.

Ed is on the Board of Advisors for The International Conference on Animation, Effects, VR, Games, and Transmedia (FMX) in Stuttgart, Germany and is a DeTao Master in Shanghai, China.  His latest book is Craft Notes for Animators: A Perspective on a 21st Century Career.  Ed and his wife, Cally, reside in Lisbon, Portugal.

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