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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Dec 12 2012
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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.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Animator's Survival Kit a life savior! March 6 2012
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I took a course of 3D and 2D animation and this book was on my shopping list. The price in the stores was ridiculous! I couldn't afford this book! So I decided to check on Amazon if they had it and they did. At a ridiculous affordable price! Amazon saved me just like Richard Williams did for my animation classes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A PERSONAL SAVIOR Sept. 24 2003
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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 Excellent book Nov. 7 2009
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If you want to become either a 2d or 3d animator, this book is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Animation Essential April 21 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 15 2004
By Ell C
Format:Paperback
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 the cherry with whipped cream on top!
You will love this book and reach for it again and again and again.
Richard Willams book is a powerhouse of visual information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! Feb. 26 2004
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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. I create 3D animation and the information in this book is amazing.. all I have to say is WALK CYCLE...
If there is any animation book to buy.. buy this one!
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