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PRAISE FOR ELEMENTAL MAGIC, VOLUME I:
"Gilland's fascinating new book [is] a revelation of the amazing blend of the art and craft behind of classical effects animation."-Don Hahn, Academy Award-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King
Like his first volume, this is a joy to behold.
You always need to keep it fresh and think outside your own way of doing things to do so (it is easy to get set in your ways once you find things that work for you).
The first Elemental Magic book was boon to animation student as the first book dedicated solely to effects animation.
Right up there with the the Animation Survival Guide. So much to learn from this book and really well done.Published 8 months ago by jdemetrician
This is the best study of the fluid like flow of fire I have ever seen or read. I am using this more for film practicals and vfx integration then drawing ... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Patrick Faith
I learn so much from Joseph's books. Makes me proud to be working in the industry and makes me love what I do even more. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andra Navarrete
It has been said that one must learn special effects for animation prior to animating or any other process in the field. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Terri Rowley
Both Volume 1 and 2 really explain how an effect should look and feel. Anyone can press play and a fluid solver or set up a rigid body scene, but is the result appealing? Read morePublished 21 months ago by DTLA
Joseph's first volume, was such a ground-breaking work, it cried for a follow-up, with in-depth details on certain techniques. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by M. Stewart
Elemental Magic,Volume II: The technique of special Effects Animation Is a fasinating book. It is written by Joseph Gilland who has a 35 year career in animation. Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Firefly
When I first started reading this book I was a bit disappointed it didn't have more practical information, like a.) draw a line here and then b. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by J-J-J-Jinx!
This book is very different from the normal computer animation books out their. This book is all about effects and how stuff looks in the real world and the textures that need to... Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by David Bradshaw