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Now, finally classical effects animation gets its day in the sun with Joseph Gilland's fascinating new book. It's a revelation of the amazing blend of the art and craft behind the magic of this wonderful art form. -Don Hahn, Academy Award-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King
Veteran Disney animator Joe Gilland's informative book delivers, for the first time, the real nitty-gritty on the art of hand-drawn special effects. The mysteries of hos to believably animate abstract forms representing rain, fire, smoke, etc. are revealed in articulate prose, revelatory graphs, and elegantly beautiful sequential imagery. A must-have guide for animation pros, teachers, and students! -John Canemaker, Academy Award-winning animator, internationally-renowned animation historian, and teacher
There were moments in the book where I would think "Of course! The solution was right in front of me!"
Overall, this is a great book for both professional animators, for those interested in how animation is done, or just for browsing of the beautiful illustrations.
Gilland shows step-by-step and in detail how to create hand-drawn special effects animation, which includes things like smoke, water, and fire.
I was in Vancouver Film School's Classical Animation Course back in 1999-2000 (Class 29), and the 2D FX course was exceptional. I still look over my old notes to aid in animating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cliff Parrott
It has been said that one must learn special effects for animation prior to animating or any other process in the field. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Terri Rowley
There aren't many books that explain special effects animation, and this is a welcome addition. It's a Focal Press title, and if you are familiar with their publications then you... Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Stop Motion Maniac
Lots of great explanations of the physics and logic behind elemental effects and great illustrations to show how to create them in a 2d world.Published on February 19, 2011 by L. Smith
This engrossing book tries to teach the reader how traditional special-effects artists have created hand-drawn animations of fire, water, and weather. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Ernest Friedman-Hill
This book is beautiful, well-written, and a blast to flip through and look at even if you're not an animator. Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Ben Ruiz
A book of this type is WAAAAYYY overdue. With the release of Richard Williams 'The Animator's Survival Kit', Walt Stanchfield's 'Drawn to Life', and a few other fantastic books... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Allison Westbrook
When I first got Joseph Gilland's book 'Elemental Magic: The Art of Special Effects Animation,' I was a bit skeptical about the book, since the graphic design is not very well... Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by Stephen J. Carlson