The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators

The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators

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by Williams
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

Richard Williams has won more than 250 international awards for his animation. He currently lives in Wales.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571202287
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
01/07/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.53(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Why This Book?1
Drawing in Time11
Time to Draw23
It's All in the Timing and the Spacing35
Lesson 141
Advancing Backwards to 194046
History of the Chart and Inbetween47
Extremes and Breakdowns48
Keys57
Three Ways to Animate61
Testing, Testing, Testing68
The X-Sheet70
Came the Dawn...75
The Best Numbering System76
The Great Ones and Twos Battle78
The Top and Bottom Pegs Battle80
More on Spacing84
Classic Inbetween Mistakes88
Watch Your Arcs90
Getting More Movement Within the Mass92
The Elongated Inbetween96
The Major Beginner's Mistake99
The 'Ruff' Approach99
How Much Do We Leave To The Assistant?101
Take The Long Short Cut101
Walks102
Getting the Weight106
Set the Tempo109
The Passing Position or Breakdown111
Two Ways to Plan a Walk115
The Double Bounce118
Loosening it Up120
Digging Deeper into Walks128
There's Nothing Like Trying It135
The Heel136
Foot Action136
Normal Walk Spacing142
Weight Shift146
The Belt Line147
Arm Movements148
Counteraction156
The Recipe163
Sneaks167
The Tip Toe Sneak173
Runs, Jumps and Skips176
The 4 Drawing Formula Run189
The 3 Drawing Run192
The 2 Drawing Run195
The Recipe200
Run, Jump, Skip and Leap201
Skips209
Jumps212
Weight on a Jump213
Flexibility217
The Breakdown218
Simple Overlap223
Overlapping Action226
Simple Counteraction230
Breaking Joints to Give Flexibility231
Flexibility in the Face246
Overlapping Action in the Face249
Instant Read - Profiles for Readability251
Weight256
Pressure and Weight262
How Much Effort Do We Have to Expend?264
Dancing269
Rules of Thumb On Synchronising Action272
Anticipation273
Surprise Anticipations282
Invisible Anticipations283
Takes and Accents285
A Hard Accent Bounces Back295
A Soft Accent continues295
Timing, Staggers, Wave and Whip297
Stagger Timings297
The Side to Side Vibration Formula299
Whip Action301
Wave Action301
Dialogue304
Phrasing305
Picture and Sound Sync310
Accents311
Attitude314
The Secret314
Acting315
Change of Expression320
Look for the Contrast321
An Acting Point323
Body Language324
Symmetry or 'Twinning'324
Steal It!325
Eyes325
Animal Action327
Live Action Reference328
Basic Animal Walk Pattern330
Directing333
The Brief334
The Leica Reel334
Separate the Characters334
Best Foot Forward335
Casting Animators335
Making Changes335
'Say! Say!'335
Voice Recording335
Hook Ups335
Research335
Editing335
Believe in Your Material335
Review338
The Procedure338
The Ingredients339
Acknowledgements342

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