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Make Toons That Sell Without Selling Out Paperback – May 25, 2012
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It gives a good understanding what is important and what is not.
I'm suggesting this book to anyone who wants to make indie animations, and like classic animation,
and nor contemporary moving gummy-plastic dolls.
I must say, I really enjoyed this book and was surprised by how much material Bill managed to cover - budgets, raising money, distribution, ideas, drawing techniques (I love the section on caricatures and his observation that the process is very similar to animation), and of course, animation. Character design, walk cycles, and use of color are also mentioned. This book really does touch on the whole animation process (at least from Bill's perspective) and contains a goldmine of nuggets in tips and techniques. As I read through the book, I found myself wanting to look at some of the examples being discussed, so it's shame a DVD wasn't included or at least a reference section after each section with any relevant websites.
A beautifully illustrated, designed, and well-written book. Highly recommended.
P.S. Idiots and Angels is mentioned extensively in the book. You can checkout clips from the movie here:
You will read about what I think are the two hallmarks of Bill's success: his love of drawing and his ease of connecting with people. When Bill is telling you about technique, he is recounting from his innumerable hours of drawing. When he tells you about the independent film biz, he is recounting opportunities that arose from his connecting with anyone and everyone. I can't tell which he does more of - drawing or connecting. But, let it be known loud and clear, if you intend to respond to the Plympton Mandate of Make Films that Sell Without Selling Out!, you will need to be drawing and connecting to do it. An encouraging starting point is to get his book and be inspired by Bill Plympton's lifestyle of drawing and connecting.