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The Animator's Survival Kit Expanded Edition Paperback – Dec 15 2009
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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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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.
He often says "this is how you do this thing", but goes on to say "of course, there are no rules". If he believes so strongly in experimenting and then going back on what he's saying, WHY WRITE A BOOK ABOUT IT?.
However, if you can manage to ignore Williams' shortcomings, this book provides a lot of useful information, granted you have the patience to go through his "process".
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.
Throughout the book Richard shares his personal experiences as an artist starting out working with other great animators and passes on what these folks taught him when he was learning.
It is a book of formulas (sort of). He explains a lot on timing and spacing, Walk cycles, Movement, etc. Fully illustrated with the cell markers (traditional start, end, passing positions and inbetweening) marks.
You may love page after page of "what-if we" as he moves from boring poses to add dynamic poses for maximum effect.
I appreciate his teaching style:
1. Building a base knowledge of animation (timing and spacing)
2. Disects various walk, dance, run, movement of things (what makes movement work)
3. Then explores how to improve or adds a "What-if-we..." to build better action cycles (Tries getting people the ability to think how they can improve their future drawings).
This book was written for 2d animation but concepts carry over to 3d. (using pop-through to set key start-end-pass through middle keys).
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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Amazing book. I would recommend this to anyone getting into animation.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One the best books ever written on the art of animation. Williams graciously shares a lifetime of knowledge.Published 2 months ago by Mkochsch
les coins étaient légèrement abimés (à peine)
C'était pour un cadeau, il a beaucoup aimé :)
Very clear and informative book. Just gotta learn how to draw first.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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