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Animators Survival Kit [Paperback]

Richard Williams
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June 28 2001 Applied Arts
The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today -- and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney's golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story.

Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator -- from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz -- needs. Urging his readers to "invent but be believable," he illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.


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"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation." -- The New York Times

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The definitive working manual on animation, from the triple Academy Award winning Director of Animation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Animation is one of the hottest and most creative areas of film-making today-- and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, and serves as the link between the golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation successes.

Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication to passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn can push the medium in new directions.

In this book, based on his sold-out Animation Masterclasses in the United States and across Europe attended by animators from The Walt Disney Company, PIXAR, DreamWorks, Blue Sky and Warner Bros, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator-- from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz-- needs. Urging his readers to 'invent but be believable,' he illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.

"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation." New York Times
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5.0 out of 5 stars A PERSONAL SAVIOR Sept. 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I can't belive I didn't buy this book sooner. I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book sooner. I graduated with a 4 year university degree in classical, traditional animation and this book actually provided more information than my college education. I got it my senior year, just in time for my thesis. His ability to simplify exposure sheets is worth its weight in gold. This book put into practice will give any student a head start. An earlier review said the only reason you shouldn't buy this book is due to bankruptcy. I agree. Wholeheartedly. I can't even believe you are sitting here reading this review instead of buying it. QUICK! BUY IT! You're wasting time that could be used reading it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Animation Essential April 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is essential if you're just getting started in animation, and I suspect it would prove equally useful to someone with experience too.
It's well-written, funny, and accessible. It's worth reading just for William's anecdotes about the business and the people.
It covers the history of animation in such a way that modern techniques make sense within context. Most books treat the history in boring, unimaginative ways. Not Williams.
It offers a wealth of practical, how-to information. Want to know how to make characters stride, using only two poses? Williams tells you. When should you use "ones" and "two's"? It's in there. How can you troubleshoot your work before you're too far into a project? He covers this too.
Williams doesn't just give you a toolbox full of tips and tricks though -- by the end of this book you'll understand _why_ things work the way they work. The result? You'll be ready to handle even the new and unexpected as you pursue animation.
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I have been a computer animator for 4 years, with a focus on character animation for 1 year. I have been searching for information that will get my work closer to ILM/Pixar quality, and this book has advanced my skills a generation ahead, bringing me much closer to my goal. Richard Williams breaks down all sorts of different walks (maybe a hundred?), runs and motions that imply weight, which is essential for a complete animator. He also gives suggested timings for different types of motions, so you have a starting point for a certain action... you don't have to reinvent the wheel. He has a straightforward style of animating that really improved my workflow, as well. As I act out the motions of a character I want to move a certain way, using Williams's techniques I can now breakdown the important parts of the motion with much more accuracy and efficiency. I read this book while working on a project, and the quality of my shots went up exponentially with every page I read. I now have tons of confidence in my abilities, I can animate better and quicker, and I have an added level of life in my characters that was lacking before. For me, this was a must read. I thank Richard Williams profusely for writing this book, and I recommend it to everybody that wants to animate characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My "Second Year" of school. Feb. 26 2002
Format:Paperback
I'm a graduate of a one year animation certificate program in classical animation. In many ways, this book covers a lot of the ground of Preson Blair's classic bible "Cartoon Animation", as well as Tony White's excellent "Animator's Handbook". However, it also deals with practical examples to extend the lessons from these initial books. The whole section on 'walks' has lessons on acting, character and animation that deal with all areas of acting in animation, not simply walk cycles.
It's also more practical than the Illusion of Life, in that it has a logical progression of lessons and enough custom illustrations to more precicely demonstrate these points. In many ways, It's the intermediate book between the intellectual aspects of the Illusion of Life, and the basic principals of Cartoon Animation.
For me, this was like a second year of school: I had learned all the concepts and basic principals I needed in that first year of school using Tony White and Preson Blair. Richard William's book expanded on those concepts, and has already started to improve my work in the first two months of receiving it. I highly recommend this book to any animation students out there, as well as graduates looking to increase their skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate guide on HOW to animate Feb. 19 2002
Format:Hardcover
Any animator looking for a book to help them improve their craft knows that most books on animation usually fall short in so many ways, it's easy to think it's impossible to write a comprehensive and accurate book on the subject (don't even get me started about the abysmal state of computer character animation books). Williams is the penultimate animator's animator and he tells it like it is. Williams systematically demystifies virtually every aspect of animation from simple walk cycles, to breaking joints to dialogue and acting. Along the way, he corrects or eliminates information that is inaccurate or practices that distract (lose the headphones and the rad tunes when you work and watch your quality and quantity improve). Williams also is a great storyteller and writer. His accounts with Milt Kahl, Art Babbit and Ken Harris are gems, giving real insight into the personalities of these ingenious men. Since so much of the book is gleaned from his tutaluge under the now-gone "greats" of animation, any price for this tome is a steal. His gift to the world is this book.
If you want learn to REALLY animate characters with life and believability, get this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Borrowed the latest edition with DVD from library and bought an used copy. Fun to read from many points of view. Explained keys aspects and thoughts behind the curves and colors.
Published 22 months ago by Kong Yar K Kao
5.0 out of 5 stars Great breakdown for inspiring the aspiring animator
An inspiring breakdown of animation for any great aspirations. Yes. YES! YES!!!! OH YEAH!!!!! YEEEEAH!!!! YEA-YUH!!! H'OH YEAH!!!! GIT R' DONE!!!!
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Published on March 6 2012 by Alexandra
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If you want to become either a 2d or 3d animator, this book is a must read.
Published on Nov. 7 2009 by Y. Leclerc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I have been looking for a book like this for over a decade.
The detail is excellent.
The "fun to read" and "easy to understand style" of this book, is... Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by Ell C
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
When I bought this book I wasn't to sure how many times I was going to open it.. I have had this book for a few months now.. and it is one of the most used books in my library. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by Genevieve
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I've only read through about 50 pages of this book so far, but... omigod what an awesome book! Definitely should be on the shelf of anyone serious about character animation,... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Brett McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST animation books out there!!!!
This book shows would-be animators ALL of the basics that they should now!
If you want to be an animator - regardless of the medium (paper or digital) - then this is the book... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by "zdingle"
5.0 out of 5 stars Entering the mind of a genius
This book is at the level of importance as that of Thomas and Johnston's "Disney Animation: Illusion of Life" and Preston Blairs how to books. Read more
Published on May 1 2003 by T. Schott
5.0 out of 5 stars a real "survival" kit
If you are a wannabe animator like me, you can't live without this book. There's just too much HELPFUL and PRACTICAL information in here. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by Kimotion
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