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Animated Storytelling: Simple Steps For Creating Animation and Motion Graphics 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0134133652
ISBN-10: 013413365X
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About the Author

Liz Blazer is a filmmaker, art director, visual artist, designer, animator, and educator. She has worked as a development artist for Disney, as a special effects designer for MTV, and as an art director for the Palestinian/Israeli Sesame Street. Her animated documentary Backseat Bingo traveled to 180 film festivals in 15 countries and won many awards, including awards from the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, Animation Magazine and the International Documentary Association. As an educator, Blazer emphasizes storytelling and pitching as she guides her students to bring their art to life through animation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (November 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013413365X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0134133652
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walks you through how to make an animated project from the beginning. Easy to follow, and the assignments are useful and easy enough to accomplish. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to get into animation and really learn the process.
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Just finished reading Liz Blazer's book and I have to say it's really, really great. What is particularly wonderful about it is its concise presentation of the most critical aspects of creating animated works—delivered in a style that is clear, fun, 'contemporary,' and, yes, compassionate.

While it is not a 'deep' look at any one of the aspects of film (one will not find an analysis of Bergson, Albers, Mulvey nor Campbell in here) it is indeed comprehensive and therein lies its strength. Blazer presents a lot of information in the simplest and most direct way...the mark of great design.

I will be making this required reading for my animation students.
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On first appearances, this book looks as though it will skimp on the details. This is far from the truth, the way in which Liz Blazer has cleverly written this book doesn't 'spoon feed' you with content, but instead Liz imparts her knowledge and industry techniques. She gets you to think about the reasons why you are creating an animation, and then asks all the questions to allow you to explore all the avenues that will take your animations to the next level.

This book is the perfect length for giving a thorough understanding of the animation process for storytelling. The way in which Liz has written the book is informative clear and does not dwell on technical jargon. Instead, she imparts her knowledge in a clear, concise way, and all through the book works towards the creation of an animated story. On completion of reading this book, you will have a competently animated story. I still use this book as a workflow to ensure my animated stories consistently retain their fluidity and are always creative in approach.

When producing animation, there is a clearly defined route that sometimes is easy to try and shortcut. Reading and working through this book shows the reasons why the route is there, and by shortcutting this path will lead to incomplete and incoherent animations. This book has taken me from producing animations that are sometimes disjointed, into creating animations that have a clear defined structure and all elements complement each other in a subtle way so that the viewer is not confused and can enjoy the content, and the animation produced.

If you a novice or fairly new to animation and want to learn the structure, and how to think about the process of animation then this book is invaluable to you.
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Animated Storytelling is a concisely written and beautifully deigned book that gives the reader a comprehensive look at the filmmaking process. It's kind of like having a mini film school in the palm of your hand! (Although it focuses on animation, I would argue that much of this book's information applies to live-action storytelling as well.) For the aspiring filmmaker, it serves as a workbook, taking the reader through the entire filmmaking process with pertinent and contemporary illustrations of the concepts being discussed as well as assignments that help the reader put those concepts to use in their own film. For the veteran, it serves as a great reference guide and creative-block-lifter: encouraging the reader to experiment and not be afraid of failure while reminding them of key techniques and concepts that can help elevate their work to a whole new level.

As a side note, I believe this book would be a great educational companion piece to Richard Williams' "The Animator's Survival Kit" (see link below). As Williams' book delves into the nitty gritty and hard core mechanics of character animation, Blazer's book shows the reader how to combine that animation with design and storytelling to create a film. A great combo for any aspiring animated filmmaker!

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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I have known Liz for a couple of years now and she has put a ton of time into this book.
Great for any level of expertise.
This book takes you through what it REALLY takes for a piece to become something more than an idea.
Have recommended this book to several students.
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Talk about being inspired. I was looking forward to reading this book and I must say I am not disappointed. Animated Storytelling brings the teacher into your home. Its so easy to read and humorous at times. One of my favorite things about this book is the way Liz makes you think about the process of getting ideas. We all have it in us to tell stories, yes, but she makes you think of ways you never thought of to bring that idea to life. From story boarding through end result. The assignments keep you focused and help practice what you've learned. As a motion artist myself, we get so good about learning key frames and finding new plugins, but we become good at after effects not about telling a story. With Animated Storytelling, I've learned to step back, and see the clearer picture of an idea. So many well known motion designers work are showcased in this book and let me tell you, it definitely makes you feel inspired. I'd highly recommend this if you're trying to get into motion graphics or are a professor teaching it. You won't be disappointed.
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