David B. Levy has been an animation director for six series to date, including Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues and Cartoon Network's Assy McGee. On his own, Levy has completed six award-winning independent animated films, most recently Owl and Rabbit Play Checkers. His previous short, Good Morning, has been featured in many film festivals, including the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and The New York International Children’s Film Festival. Levy has served as President of ASIFA-East since September 2000. He teaches and lectures regularly at schools such as Parsons School of Design, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Pratt Institute, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Levy is married and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Directing Animationby David B. Levy
Both experienced and aspiring animation professionals will find Directing Animation a comprehensive and entertaining guide to understanding the director’s creative role in managing the entire animation process. An animation director doesn’t simply direct animation. He or she directs people who animate and must be equally able to relate to the crew,
Both experienced and aspiring animation professionals will find Directing Animation a comprehensive and entertaining guide to understanding the director’s creative role in managing the entire animation process. An animation director doesn’t simply direct animation. He or she directs people who animate and must be equally able to relate to the crew, producers, writers, creators, and clients. Readers will learn how to: direct commercials, TV series, feature films, and Web features and series land their first big directorial break create realistic schedules and pipelines assemble the best crew for any job motivate animators and crew members give constructive feedback and notes maintain good relationships with producers, creators, writers, and network executives. In addition to over eighty photographs and illustrations, Directing Animation includes insider tips and firsthand experience from animators, directors, and producers, revealing the best ways to manage the production process while creating a workplace that is both efficient and fun.
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Directing Animation is not just for those who want to direct animation. The information about working with (and for) people can easily be applied to almost any occupation. Anybody that works in a manager type position should read what Mr. Levy has to say.*This is not a boring textbook, but a book filled with lessons learned from firsthand experience. David Levy includes not only his experiences, but knowledge that has been passed on to him by other outstanding people in the animation field. Directing Animation contains numerous stories about David's experiences while working in various phases of animation production.*There is a considerable amount of advice in the book that is geared specifically toward the animation field. Those in the industry will understand what he is talking about, but the animation specific information is not so technical that "outsiders" will feel completely lost. Those outside of the industry will gain a new appreciation as he gives some insight into what goes into making an animated film.*As I read through the book, I enjoyed the photos of animators at work and still shots from many animations. I also found the book to be rather motivational.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."