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The Animator's Survival Kit Expanded Edition Paperback – Dec 15 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (Dec 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571238343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571238347
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 2.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."--The New York Times

About the Author

Richard Williams is best known as the Director of Animation and designer of the new characters for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for which he won two Academy Awards, including a Special Achievement Award.

Canadian-born Williams has won three US Academy Awards, three British Academy Awards, and an Emmy among 246 international awards - starting with his first film The Little Island in 1958.

Williams has also animated title sequences for Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, What's New Pussycat, Casino Royale and linking sequences for The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as countless prize-winning commercials.

In 1990 he was voted by his peers as 'The Animator's Animator', and in 1995 he started giving the Richard Williams Animation Masterclass for professionals and students worldwide.


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Aspiring animators need this book. If you're in a program studying animation, you need this book. It breaks down the very basics of animation and takes it up step by step. Richard Williams has a set of videos that are nearly verbatim to what's in this book, so if you find you're having trouble understanding, you can look up the videos as a secondary explanation (he acts and draws out a lot in a lecture-like setting). With that said, I don't think it's all that necessary because it's assumed that people are coming in knowing pretty well nothing.

It shows a great variety of movements and body types and how different characteristics (personality or physical) influence the principles of animation. While you can read about these principles and see something like a cube act them out, the sheer number of different examples showing the timing and spacing on a timeline is a huge, huge asset that does a great job bringing it all home and making these concepts a very visual and reinforced experience.
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That book is almost a bible to me at the moment. There is a lot of content explained in a fun and comprehensive way, the anecdotes and life stories makes me feel like a have a mentor by my side, I recommend this book to any animator, potential or actual.
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Some Love it some HATE it.

I called an antiators group and the fellow tells me he didnt like.

What this book has is a lot of technical drawings and concepts of various walks and actions.

As you flip the author shares his life journey and the many people that taught him things.

As he shows you a walk he explains why you would add the style without a hard formula (by saying "lets try" and "what if") giving you the basis of the cycle while leaving room for creativity.

I loved this book, but I am more of a logical thinker.
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This is a really good book for people starting or already in 3D animation. The way he explains the walk cycle are just so easy to understand. It is a great addition to my collection of books.
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I recommend this book to anyone interested in animation from beginner to professional...a little history, a little present, and a lot of talent, and know-how presentation.
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Usually, students sell their textbooks after they're done with the course. I'm keeping this one forever. It is sooooo helpful!! There's a lot of tips and tricks in this. It shows you different ways of animation and many different components of animation (time, spacing, etc). I really like this and I don't regret buying it at all.
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The book is very thick and is loaded with valuable information. It is totally worth the money.
(some additions have promotional DVD inside - this one doesn't)
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It was fast delivered. However, the corner of the book cover is slightly damaged. The content pages are in good condition though. Overall, I am satisfied.
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