- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber (January 7, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571212689
- ISBN-13: 978-0571212682
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.2 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 528 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Richard Williams is best known as the Director of Animation and designer of the new characters for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for which he won two Academy Awards including a Special Achievement Award.
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If you want to be an animator, this is a MUST in your library sitting right next to your copy of the Illusion of Life.
This is CORE reading for aspiring animators and a survival guide for working professionals. For the last 11 years of my career, I have referred to this guide religiously.
For one thing, the Animator's Survival Kit is no casual reference - it's a brick of a book overflowing with learning material. There are chapters upon chapters of really rich references and diagrams.
I hope to learn a whole lot from following this book. I will update this review when I've explored it in more detail. But so far, everything about this book seems top knotch.
The author does a great job of taking a somewhat dry topic and making it interesting, it's hard to put the darn book down! And even when you do, you just wanna go an animate, even if you don't have time!
Wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone.