The Animator's Reference Book

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Thomson Course Technology, 2005 - Computers - 324 pages
"The Animator's Reference Book" serves as a visual reference guide for animators to show common human motion. It is an update of a classic series of reference books by Eadweard Muybridge. Although these books are generally heralded as the best reference books available, Muybridge's photographs were taken more than 100 years ago at the dawn of photography and are of poor quality. This updated book is designed specifically for the animator. It will help animators understand how to create better animation by studying actual motion. It will also serve as a valuable reference for game developers who wish to incorporate realistic human motion into their game design. In addition to human motion reference, this book will also contain instruction and tips for animating characters.

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Les Pardew is a recognized leader in the world of interactive entertainment. He is a video game and entertainment industry veteran with more 20 years of industry experience. His artwork credits encompass film and video production, magazine and book illustration, and more than 100 video game titles, including numerous market-leading choices. Les has also authored or co-authored 13 books on game art and game design for teens, digital art and 2D and 3D animation, drawing, and virtual models. Les started his career in video games doing animation for Magic Johnson Fast Break Basketball for the Commodore 64, He went on to help create several major games, including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Star Wars, Wrestle Mania, NCAA Basketball, Stanley Cup Hockey, Jack Nicklaus Golf, Where in the World/USA is Carmen Sandiego?, StarCraft Brood Wars, Rainbow Six, Cyber Tiger Woods Golf, and many others. An accomplished instructor, Les has taught numerous art and business courses, including teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. As a business leader, Les has founded two separate game development studios. He is also a favorite speaker at video game conferences and events.

Ross S. Wolfley has over 15 years of management, legal, marketing and high technology experience. Following 8 years as an USAF/NATO instructor pilot and law school, Ross began his business career with WordPerfect Corporation. He later served as as Director of PC Marketing. He has spent several years consulting with small businesses helping to develop successful business strategies, raise money, and get back into reporting compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most of 1998 was spent in Liberia, as he successfully negotiated to secure mining rights for an international mining company. Most recently, Ross served as President/COO for the US subsidiary of He graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU) with a Juris Doctor and received a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Ross has been involved in the development of the following titles: Kublox ? Online PC, Combat Medic ? PC and Online, Motocross Mania 2 ? PSX, XS Junior League Dodge Ball ? PSX, Ford Truck Mania - PSX

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