Animation from Pencils to Pixels: Classical Techniques for Digital Animators

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Computers - 499 pages
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Just add talent.

This book gives today's digital animators all the lessons they never had-classical animation techniques used by the most original animators of our time.

Animation from Pencils to Pixels is the most comprehensive book on the principles, processes, and profession of animation ever written. Within the covers of this one book is just about everything required to conceive, produce, direct, animate, assemble, publish, and distribute an animated film.

The tips and techniques in this book are timeless and applicable whether you want to make a 2D or 3D film, or a Web-based animation or a game.

The book includes a comprehensive DVD containing a full version of the author's film, "Endangered Species," which showcases the great and classic moments of animation's history. In addition there is an extensive analysis section on "Endangered Species," explaining how the film was made on a scene-by-scene basis, using movie clips and other demo material to illustrate the text. Completing the DVD is a unique and informative section on 'repetitive stress disorder' for animators (mega-hurts), which will help make the entire process of animation a much more enjoyable and pain free experience for the long term professional.

The appendix of the book includes a complete course structure, which educators and independent students may follow.

* Valuable DVD contains a complete animated film made by the author and teaches how to apply the techniques in this book!
* Chock full of tips and secrets from this award-winning animation veteran
* The glossary of animation-related terms is worth its weight in gold
 

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Contents

2 Character Design
29
3 Project Financing
45
4 Rules of Filmmaking
91
5 Soundtrack Recording and Editing
137
6 Storyboarding and Animatics
159
7 Digital Desktop Production
183
8 Principles of Animation
209
9 Animating Step by Step
265
12 Finessing 2D Animation
367
13 2D Vector Animation
391
14 The Paperless Animation Studio
411
15 3D Overview
419
16 Creating 3D Movement
443
A Oh I Almost Forgot
471
B Glossary
479
Index
493

10 2D Animation Overview
295
11 2D Animation Basics
331

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About the author (2006)

Tony White, renowned animator, director, professor, lecturer, and author, has been in the animation industry for over 30 years, and currently teaches 2D animation and oversees principal animation production classes at DigiPen Institute of Technology. White began his career working with legendary industry professionals like award-winning illustrator Ralph Steadman, animation gurus Ken Harris, Art Babbit (original lead animator on Pinocchio, Fantasia, and others at Disney). He also personally assisted, then directed/animated for Richard Williams (3-time Oscar winner and author of The Animator's Survival Kit). In addition to being the Dean of Fine Art and Animation at DigiPen, White founded and presides over The Animaticus Foundation, which he formed to preserve, teach and evolve the art form of traditional 2D animation.

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