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Timing for Animation Paperback – February 4, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0240517148 ISBN-10: 0240517148

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (February 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240517148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240517148
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Halas and Whitaker's 'Timing for Animation' was, and still is, without a doubt, the best book for students of the art of animation. I can't recommend it highly enough."
Bob Godfrey, Oscar winning leading animated filmmaker and author.

"Secrets of 'action timing' lucidly explained and demonstrated by two of Britain's most highly respected and adept practitioners. An essential primer for both traditional and C.G. animators."
Ken Clark, animation historian and writer

"...this is the only publication devoted wholly to one of the most vital concepts in the art of animated film... The book is a vital source of reference for students as well as every studio and every animator... Buy it! You won't be sorry!"
Pat Raine Webb, The Dope Sheet, ASIFA (www.asifa.net)

"The principles of timing laid out in this book are more applicable (now) than ever before."
John Lasseter, Academy Award-winning director and animator, Pixar Animation Studios.

"Timing for Animation is a great book - it's saved me many times. It's also easy to keep around for reference, it's not a huge coffee-table bible sized book made to impress. It just gives the facts, numbers and formulas and a few drawings to illustrate. Made by animators for animators."
Webster Colcord, www.webstercolcord.com

"...anyone already studying or working in animation (as well as self taught computer animators) will find this book indispensable both to study and for reference."
MC Rebbe, www.thetechnofile.com

"A must-have for an animator's reference library"
Amazon.com review

"This is a must buy for future animators!"
Amazon.com review

"This is the bible for any serious animator. Although it was principally written for 2D animation, this book has crucial information for any animator (2D, CGI or model animation). It explains simply and clearly how to time a walk or a run; how to give your character a sense of weight; how force is transmitted; the effects of friction; spacing -and much more. The new foreword by John Lasseter puts these traditional skills in today's context, and gives praise where it is due. Every animator, would-be animator, animation studio and animation course should have this book."
Amazon.co.uk review

"If you only ever buy one animation book in your life - get this one. Timing for Animation gets down to the nuts and bolts of what animations about, and that's timing. Buy it!"
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From the Publisher

Learn all the tips and tricks of the trade from the professionals. How should the drawings be arranged in relation to each other? How many are needed? How much space should be left between one group of drawings and the next? How long should each drawing, or group of drawings, remain on the screen to give the maximum dramatic effect? The art of timing is vital. Highly illustrated throughout, points made in the text are demonstrated with the help of numerous superb drawn examples. 'Timing for Animation' not only offers invaluable help to those who are learning the basis of animation techniques, but is also of great interest to anyone currently working in the field and is a vital source of reference for every animation studio. John Halas, known as the 'father of animation' and formerly of Halas and Batchelor Animation unit, produced over 2000 animations, including the legendary 'Animal Farm' and the award winning 'Dilemma'. He was also the founder and president of the ASIFA and former Chairman of the British Federation of Film Societies. Harold Whitaker is a professional animator and teacher. Many of his former students are now among some of the most outstanding animation artists of today.

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Customer Reviews

My instructor recommended this book for my special effects animation class.
Cheryl Vanderbilt
Has a good partition, right examples and illustrations, contains only practicable things which makes it very easy to read and highly practical.
Varga Petra
It really makes sense of what is going on so that the artist can recreate their own version without the need of copying.
Jackie Watson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 66 people found the following review helpful By T. Schott on April 1, 2003
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Well, after waiting so long for this book to come back into print it turned out to be an overall disappointment. I found "Timing..." to be remedial and overpriced. True, timing itself is crucial to animation as with all acting, however this book offers nothing I didn't already learn from "Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life" or Preston Blair's How-To books, which I cut my teeth on.
If you are an animator who already owns every other book on the subject and you have 30 bucks burning a hole in your pocket then this book is for you. However, if you don't own the 50 other great animation books by Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Richard Williams, Eadweard Muybridge, John Canemaker, Brian LeMay, Jeff Kurtti, Preston Blair, Chuck Jones, Tony White, Culhane, Finch, Schneider, Adamson, Rebello, Green, and Hart to name a few; then please go buy one of theirs.
This one is going back for a refund. Sometimes you just have to say "The Emperor is Naked."
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Cepeda on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm downgrading this book partly because it's overpriced and frankly I wish the drawing style in it were different.

It's still a nice book to have and covers some specific timing and staging problems that a lot of other books don't, but it's not the end-all and be-all for animation timing that it gets hyped up to be.

I still don't understand why this book was out-of-print for so long in the US and why it's so ridiculously overpriced now. It's really a $15 or $20 book at most, but the publishers are charging $30!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Magee on May 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have referred to this book for nearly ten years, and it is still my favorite with regards to the fundamentals of creating naturalistic movement.

More concise, less self-indulgent, and less bulky than either Richard Williams' "Animator's Survival Kit" or Frank and Ollie's "Illusion of Life", Whitaker and Halas' "Timing for Animation" allowed me to advance in my knowledge of timing charts and the creation of believable, naturalistic movement more efficiently than either of those two venerable books. While I tend to agree with reviewers who question the book's price, the no-nonsense explanations it contains provide a solid base from which an animator can embark upon further exploration without being too tied to a particular guru's insights.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although I don't own a copy of this book, I've read most of it. Just as the title says, this book focuses on one of the most important aspects of animation: timing. It's well written and full of exercises and techniques that will help you improve your timing. I've heard that some animation schools use it as a textbook. If you're thinking about a career in the animation industry, this book is a must buy. However, it's pretty hard to find since it's out of print. I think that it's worth the extra effort to own a copy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Watson on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been a professional animator for over 10 years and I cannot believe that I never had this book before now. I wish I had this to reference on several of my projects. Instead I pretty much re-invented the wheel. It not only shows visuals, but also explains the physics behind what is going on with the graphics. For instance, for a water splash, the author explains how the air affects the volume when an object plunges into water, etc. It really makes sense of what is going on so that the artist can recreate their own version without the need of copying.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Todd Debreceni on March 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased a copy of Harold and John's book, and find it to be well-written and easy to follow; were it not for the recent publication of Richard Williams' book 'The Animator's Survival Kit,' I would label 'Timing for Animation' a critical purchase for an animator's arsenal. Wait. I take that back. It IS a critical purchase, but 'The Animator's Survival Kit' also covers this material exceptionally well, too, plus it has SO much more... Bottom line: This book is worth having.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gabriele Scanziani on May 12, 2007
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This book is simply a must have for animators. It's very clear written and has great examples, I consider it a must just as the two masterpieces "Illusion of Life" and "Animation Survival Kit". Being about the timing I think it works great not only for traditional animators but also for CGI one (like I am).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Mihailescu on March 5, 2005
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I think it's a very good book for the beginner, because it explains some basic concepts very very well. (Best explanation of overlapping I've ever seen.) But there's not much to it beyond explaining these basics. The language is very clear though and it's an easy&fast reading.
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