Producing Independent 2D Character Animation: Making & Selling A Short Film [NOOK Book]

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PRODUCING INDEPENDENT 2D CHARACTER ANIMATION takes an in-depth look at the artistry and production process of cel animation in a friendly, how-to manner that makes the sometimes tedious process of animation enjoyable and easy to understand. This book guides animators through every step of planning and production; includes examples of actual production forms, organization tips, screen shots, and sketches from the pre- to post-production ...
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Producing Independent 2D Character Animation: Making & Selling A Short Film

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Overview

PRODUCING INDEPENDENT 2D CHARACTER ANIMATION takes an in-depth look at the artistry and production process of cel animation in a friendly, how-to manner that makes the sometimes tedious process of animation enjoyable and easy to understand. This book guides animators through every step of planning and production; includes examples of actual production forms, organization tips, screen shots, and sketches from the pre- to post-production processes; and contains detailed information on the hardware and software used to complete each step.

By mapping out the course of how his small studio brainstormed, created, then produced its award-winning animation, TIMMY'S LESSONS IN NATURE, Mark Simon explains to animators what it takes-both creatively and resource-wise-to get their animations to market.

Includes exclusive interviews with Oscar-nominated independent animator Bill Plimpton, Craig McCracken, creator of the POWER PUFF GIRLS, Craig "Spike" Decker of SPIKE & MIKE'S SICK AND TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION, David Fine & Alison Snowden who are the Academy Award-Winning producers of BOB AND MARGARET, Cartoon Network's Senior Vice President of Original Animation, Linda Simensky, and Tom Sito, Co-Director of OSMOSIS JONES...as well as others.

Audience: independent animators, small animation studios, animation students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136132773
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/12/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Mark Simon founded and owns A&S Animation, Inc., an award-winning cel animation house in Florida and Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., the largest storyboard house in the southern United States, which has provided work on over 1,200 productions.

Mark's accomplishments range from being the owner of an award-winning advertising firm, to a syndicated cartoonist, production designer of film, TV, and animations and writing entertainment industry books and lecturing. Having won over 30 animation awards for his efforts, Mark has directed TIMMY'S LESSONS IN NATURE, MY WIFE IS PREGNANT, A MESSAGE FROM GOD, and SUBURBAN CINDERELLA, numerous commercials, training videos and television series special effects. Mark also teaches at the DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects) located at Universal Studios Orlando.

A&S Animation develops and produces animation for commercials, TV, training videos and the web. The A&S team has produced award-winning shorts and commercials, shows for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and designed sets and special effects on live-action feature films. Prior to its release, A&S has participated in the development of DigiCel Flipbook Pro, the fastest growing digital ink & paint software in the industry.

Mark's animation and storyboarding articles have appeared in various industry magazines and he's the author of STORYBOARDS: MOTION IN ART, 2nd Edition, published by Focal Press.

Visit the authors website at www.FunnyToons.tv

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Sect. A Before We Get Started 1
Ch. 1 Frame Rate 3
Ch. 2 Time versus Footage 5
Ch. 3 DPI versus Pixels 9
Ch. 4 Scenes 14
Ch. 5 File Organization 16
Ch. 6 Tricks of the Trade 20
Ch. 7 Supplies, Hardware, and Software 37
Ch. 8 Production Crew 43
Sect. B Pre-Production 47
Ch. 9 The In-House Pitch 49
Ch. 10 Character Design 53
Ch. 11 Story and Storyboards 62
Ch. 12 Budget 76
Ch. 13 Crewing Up 91
Ch. 14 Revised Storyboards 96
Ch. 15 Layouts 99
Sect. C Production 105
Ch. 16 Directing Dialogue 107
Ch. 17 Audio Recording and Edition 110
Ch. 18 Animatics 119
Ch. 19 Animation Breakdowns, Slugging, or Timing 122
Ch. 20 Audio Breakdowns 126
Ch. 21 Assigning Production Work 134
Ch. 22 Key Animation 139
Ch. 23 Rotoscoping 145
Ch. 24 Effects Animation 152
Ch. 25 Pencil Tests 154
Ch. 26 Enhanced Animatics 158
Ch. 27 Backgrounds 160
Ch. 28 Inbetweens 167
Ch. 29 Clean-Ups 170
Ch. 30 Scanning 174
Ch. 31 Digital Ink and Paint 183
Ch. 32 Composite and Export of Individual Layers 196
Ch. 33 Camera Moves and Special Effects 200
Ch. 34 Final Image Composite 209
Sect. D Post-Production 217
Ch. 35 Title Cards 219
Ch. 36 Credits 223
Ch. 37 Editing 226
Ch. 38 Music and Sound Design 230
Ch. 39 Final Composite with Audio and Output to Tape or Film 236
Sect. E What Next? 241
Ch. 40 Copyright 243
Ch. 41 Festivals 245
Ch. 42 Online 250
Ch. 43 Pitching to a Studio, Network, or Distributor 254
Ch. 44 Portfolio Piece 262
Sect. F Interviews 267
Ch. 45 Craig McCracken, Creator of The Powerpuff Girls 269
Ch. 46 Bill Plympton, Academy Award-Nominated Independent Animator 280
Ch. 47 Craig "Spike" Decker of Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 288
Ch. 48 Linda Simensky, Senior Vice President of Original Animation at Cartoon Network 300
Ch. 49 Rachelle Lewis, Director of Recruitment for Klasky Csupo 312
Ch. 50 Tom Sito, Co-Director of Osmosis Jones 327
Ch. 51 David Fine and Alison Snowden, Academy Award-Winning Producers of Bob and Margaret 338
Sect. G Appendixes 355
App. 1 Forms 357
App. 2 Digital to Film Transfer Facilities and Film Recording Service Bureaus 359
App. 3: Supplies 362
App. 4: Software 365
App. 5: Books 380
App. 6: Periodicals 387
App. 7: Animation Schools 390
App. 8: CD Contents 393
App. 9 Patronage and Credits 396
Index 399
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    well thought-out , yet easily understood

    I recently picked up the new Mark Simon book on independent animation and love it. I've been searching for such a book that explains how to combine traditional drawn animation with over-the-counter computer software and hardware for quite a while. The book is quite thorough yet the text is easy to understand and follow, as is Mark's other book on storyboarding. This book belongs on any animator's bookshelf!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2003

    A must read for animators

    Author Mark Simon shows no mercy in this latest book. If you're looking to make and possibly sell a short animated film then this is the book for you. Mark will guide you through the process of making your short film from beginning to end. Everything from pre-production to the final stages of selling it. The book is easy to understand and it's full of great artwork and pictures. Not only do you learn the whole process but you're also told what kind of equipment, hardware and software is needed. Oh, and almost as an added bonus there is a whole chapter dedicated to interviews with big name animators. Overall I thought this book was terrific. Very informative and definately worth while.:)

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