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Elemental Magic, Volume II: The Technique of Special Effects Animation (Animation Masters Title) Paperback – September 23, 2011
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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
About the Author
In his 32+ year animation career, he has worked with such studios as Walt Disney Feature Animation, Don Bluth Animation, Productions Pascal Blais and the National Film Board of Canada. At Walt Disney Feature Animation, he served as Supervisor of Visual Effects for the Disney features Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. At Disney he also served as Head of Special Effects Units for the Disney features Kingdom of the Sun and Tarzan, and was Special Effects Animator on such notable titles as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, James and the Giant Peach, Hercules and Mulan. He served as Designer and Supervisor for all 2D and 3D visual effects on the television series Silverwing, and Chaotic at Bardel Animation in Vancouver. He has also designed and directed a wide variety of television commercials. Clients include General Motors, CocaCola, Honda, MacDonald's, Gillette, Players Tobacco, Larrouse Dictionaries, and Radio Quebec. For almost three years, he was the Head of animation, and Digital Character animation at the Vancouver Film School. He lectures at animation schools in Canada, Europe and Asia, and has conducted workshops at animation festivals and schools around the world. he is a professional musician and performer as well. He has been writing professionally for over three years now, and has a bi-monthly column in the online Animation World Magazine, entitled 'The Animated Scene' which has an enormous readership around the world. He has also had articles published in Animation Magazine, the world's foremost industry magazine, as well as well as an article in 'Cartoons' The International Journal of Animation.
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This book is a great guide for anyone and everyone that enjoys VFX =)
There are plenty of examples to build a portfolio or an understanding. Let it be said that one should not copy from the examples in the book after he has firmly grasped then, and try and substitute his own takes on the matter and projects to build this portfolio.
Minimal information is out or written on this subject pertaining animation, or at least as far as I know outside of an academic institution. A classical approach to the application, but beneficial digitally for a means to an end. This is one of the only sources of information pertaining to this matter, and should be a must for any student or individual starting out and interested in this area. Regarding the price and the amount of information that is stored within is a steal.
The two volumes make for great additions to supplemented materials as photograph books on motion and such subjects, as well as life studies of natural phenomena.
This book is a must-have for anyone interested in animation.
PS - It always makes my day to know that people find these reviews helpful. If you'd also like to ask a question or leave a comment I usually respond the same day, so if you have a question or comment (even if it's just to say, Hi!") feel free to post it below.
His overall teaching/presentation style is often a little wordy and not as focused as in some other animation books I have. I agree this is complicated stuff, but probably no more so than animation in general. It's just different. Also, there is a LOT of wasted space in the book. Some of the pages have big, clear pictures in it, which is great, but there are many pages where the type only takes up like half of a page because the margins are so far in, and there is some random illustration on the page that doesn't show how to animate anything, it's just for decoration. Feels very padded at times. And lastly, the companion website that is supposed to exist, doesn't. I went to the address it listed and there is nothing there.
If you are really needing in-depth instruction on animating special effects then you'll probably want to pick this up. The fact that there isn't really any competition makes your choice pretty clear. Not what I'd hoped, but certainly has some good info in it.