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Animation: The Whole Story

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“A valuable and exhaustive guide.”—Animation World

Professional animator Howard Beckerman has drawn them all: Popeye, Heckle & Jeckle, even Mickey Mouse. In Animation, he offers a road map to the complex art of making an animated feature. Vivid sketches, screen shots, and step-by-step illustrations show how to make a drawing come to life, create storyboards, use form and color, develop a soundtrack, edit, and more. This new edition is also thoroughly updated to reflect the ...

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Overview

“A valuable and exhaustive guide.”—Animation World

Professional animator Howard Beckerman has drawn them all: Popeye, Heckle & Jeckle, even Mickey Mouse. In Animation, he offers a road map to the complex art of making an animated feature. Vivid sketches, screen shots, and step-by-step illustrations show how to make a drawing come to life, create storyboards, use form and color, develop a soundtrack, edit, and more. This new edition is also thoroughly updated to reflect the latest trends surrounding digital technology. Animation provides artists and aspiring filmmakers with everything they need to carve their niche in today’s quickly evolving animation industry.

• Contains a well-chosen portfolio of 437 visual examples and step-by-step instructions

• Copublished with the School of Visual Arts

A comprehensive guide and history of the field of animation.

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If you've seen Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, or Popeye or have watched Sesame Street, then you've seen Beckerman's work. Considered one of the fathers of animation, he worked for over 30 years in the legendary studios of Terrytoons and Paramount Famous Studios and now teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In this comprehensive guide to the art, business, technique, and history of animation aimed at the aspiring animator, he covers drawing, using color, creating interesting characters, working with storyboards, creating a soundtrack, and more. For a book on just the graphic aspects of the art, see Kevin Hedgpeth and Steven Missal's Exploring Drawing for Animation. For solely digital animation, see Steven Withrow's Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning. For those seeking the whole story, Beckerman's book is highly recommended. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780848808679
  • Publisher: Amereon LTD.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Howard Beckerman has spent more than 30 years working in most every facet of animation. A teacher at the School of Visual Arts, he lives in Flushing, NY.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Foreword vii
Preface ix
Part 1 An Animator's History of Animation
1 The Curtain Rises 3
2 The Studios Are Born 20
3 Jolson Speaks, Mickey Squeaks 32
4 Cartoonland's Call to Action 48
5 From Bullwinkle to Bart, and Beyond 64
Part 2 The Story Takes Shape
6 Drawing: The Bare Bones 89
7 Character Creation 101
8 Storytelling with Animation 110
9 Direction 140
10 Layout: All the World's a Stage 152
Part 3 The Story Comes to Life
11 Animation: Moments in Time 165
12 Locomotion: The Illusion of Movement 191
13 Using Color 209
14 Filming, Frame by Frame 220
15 The Soundtrack and Editing 240
Part 4 The Story Goes Forth
16 Computer Animation 249
17 The Business of Animation 254
A Final Word 266
Appendixes
A Time/Frame Calculator 271
B Exercises 272
C Resources 276
Glossary 282
Bibliography 291
Index 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    Everything you could ever wanted to know about animation and more

    This book contains a wealth of information about the history of animation as well as the art and science of creating an animated film. This well written and very readable book reflects the hard earned experience and wisdom of a true expert in the field. The book is also chock full of useful and amusing illustrations by the author. No student or professional in the field of animation should consider his or her library complete without a copy of this book. But this book will not get dusty sitting on a shelf. It's a wonderful resource that you will want to refer to time and again.

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