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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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The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today--and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Award
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by Faber & Faber
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Dec 22, 2015 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Animation students and enthusiasts.
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: Coursebook for Basic Animation
I read this for my Basic Animation class. I wouldn't say I read every page, but enough that I will count it. It's mainly illustrations but that's probably the best learning tool for this subject. Mr. Williams clearly knows his stuff when it comes to animation. He worked with all the greats, including the Old Men of Disney and he knew some of the other greats like Tex Avery. This is a must for animation students and those who want to explore the technical side of animation, and it's a good refere ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Bert rated it it was amazing
After reading this, I quit my job and went back to school to learn all about animation! Interesting, up-to-date, "complete" and very useful guide.
May 02, 2016 HourglassOrca rated it it was amazing
This review is coming from the perspective of someone who isn't an animator, let alone an artist. Animation is something that I have a lot of passion and appreciation for as a spectator, and I came at Williams' guide with the expectation that it could provide a stepping stone for me to learn about the technical side of things.

I did not expect this book to be as valuable to me as it has been. Not only does Williams have an uncanny ability for explanation, but his enthusiasm and gentle humor make
Aug 04, 2015 Gebanuzo rated it it was amazing
Un manual bastante interesante para los interesados en la animación, cargado con muchos ejemplos, y consejos. Me ha encantado como va desglozando conforme a su experiencia laboral, los diversos temas que conforman el contenido. Además contiene muchos datos curiosos y nombre de animadores importantes. Es muy recomendable en realidad.
Sabine Terky
Feb 07, 2016 Sabine Terky rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning animation. I always refer back to it while working. Priceless tips by an animation mastermind.
Mar 22, 2013 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an invaluable reference for anyone doing any level of character animation. There are diagrams for creating and timing a good walk cycle (as well as other actions), adding a more organic feel and weight, bringing in props, etc. These diagrams and the explanations surrounding them are things I go back to over and over again. I have never seen the process explained so clearly. When you get the book, if you are new to animation it is a good idea to read through the first few chapters at ...more
Jun 12, 2007 Jellysix rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Excellent book for anyone interested in animation. There's a a pretty good history of the medium, and plently of first hand accounts (and second and third hands too) of working in the business. All written in a very enjoyable, loose, often funny style. There are quite a few pages of pretty technical drawings, which the person with a more general interest will probably skip over (as I mostly did), but they'd probably be very useful for anyone interested in actually producing their own cell animat ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Overall Rating: 5

“The Animator’s Survival Kit” is invaluable manual for animation enthusiasts. Although on the cover it says for classical, computer, games, stop motion and internet animators it is also perfect for traditional artists, comic book artists and illustrators, who want to improve their skills in posture, gait and general motion continuity. It’s detailed and basic, presenting all rules of turning pictures into a movie, all the little tricks of animation you never knew and would have
Afalstein Kloosterman
Jun 15, 2016 Afalstein Kloosterman rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating--I would consider this a must for anyone entereing the animation field and a great resource for anyone interested in it. Contains animation techniques, tips, history, and examples, this offers a comprehensive view of the field in clear and easy-to-understand dialogue

Williams intersperses technical information with fun stories to demonstrate his point and examples from the development of animation. He provides instances of both typical and groundbreaking sorts of animation
J.K. Riki
May 01, 2015 J.K. Riki rated it it was amazing
One of the must-own books for any animator, it can only be bested by also buying the Animated Animator's Survival Kit on DVD, which has moving examples of many of the book's lessons and is still one of the most useful things I have ever seen in my animation career. Pricey, but worth every penny.
Elizabeth Goldring
Aug 30, 2014 Elizabeth Goldring rated it it was amazing
A must have companion for any aspiring animator, It's also an amazing help to comprehend the 2 dimensional flow and movement and its keys and pace for illustration. I read and re read it whenever I can or open it in a certain chapter to work a lot.
This is really a reference book and although I have read - or rather looked at - the entire book I shall be referring to it in the future. It is impressive and covers every aspect of animation that interests me.
Nate Berna
Mar 15, 2016 Nate Berna rated it it was amazing
There isn't a better book than this on the core principles of animation. You can pretty much skip the four year degree if you turn this book into your bible.
Tjallien De witte
Oct 07, 2015 Tjallien De witte rated it it was amazing
IT TRULY TRULY IS a survival kit for the animator. A must have for beginners to proffesionals. It never gets old and is alway's helpfull and intresting!
Oct 05, 2015 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animation
Simply the golden standard. Excellent (and extremely extensive!) source of information of both history and technique. This book is a must read for anyone who aspires to make their own animations (traditional or digital mediums) or anyone who is just fascinated by the process (me).

For all animators and animation fans, this text should be at the top of the list.
Hiran Venugopalan
Oh my G.O.D! It's masterpiece! The 12 Volume DVD + this book gives a proper "base" to what animation is! A must watch and must read for every designers, animators, movie makers and even movie lovers. It's the 101 of animation and physics !! <3 Richard, you are awesome!!
Erik Amill
Apr 17, 2012 Erik Amill rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Students of illustration, animation, and cartooning. Folks interested in animation techniques.
Shelves: how-tos
One of the best books I've ever had to buy for a class. The Animator's Survival Kit has helped me in everything from the animation class I got it for to my current graphic design projects and adding that extra bit of life my comics.

Richard Williams shares his stories and helps the reader understand the basics of animation in a clear and entertaining way. You'd be hard pressed to find a better way to both introduce new techniques and remind yourself of the fundamentals. Williams' artwork alone ma
Jul 29, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a must-read for aspiring animators. From understanding the basic principles of motion to creating full-fledged animated works, this book has got you covered. The guides and diagrams are very thorough and easy to follow. It's useful for new recruits and seasoned veterans, for hobbyists and those looking to polish their career portfolios, for the traditional the new age technology. I studied animation in college and although I've put my passion on the back burner for quite some ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Felicia rated it it was amazing
ANYONE thinking about doing animation or illustration should read this book. It's extremely helpful and easy to understand.
Mar 09, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! My favorite part has to be that the font looks more like handwriting so I feel like I'm getting a personal tutorial.
Matthew Kapfhammer
May 02, 2016 Matthew Kapfhammer rated it it was amazing
There's a very good reason why almost every animator on the planet has either read or been told to read this book.
Ananggadipa Raswanto
Jul 04, 2016 Ananggadipa Raswanto rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animation
Great book for animator/motion artist. So resourceful and lot of insight, this book is legendary.
May 25, 2015 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Every animator should own this book, read this book, and re-read this book. A wonderful resource.
Jan 19, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Required text for an animation course, very useful and a great resource.
Jul 07, 2014 Sander rated it it was amazing
Essential must-read for anyone who wants to be in motion graphics for a living.
Apr 20, 2014 Alterstuart rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in making animation, get this book.
Aug 10, 2008 Sere rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manuals
The *best* animation book ever written, imho. I *finally* got it today and even though I was supposed to be working on other stuff I just couldn't put it down.

The first part of the book is about Williams' past and his experience...I assumed I was going to skip it and go directly to the technical bits, which is why I bought the book in the first place, but no, the whole manual is full of things and tricks a wanna-be animator (doesn't matter if traditional or 3d artist) just need to know. Great r
Jun 18, 2016 Aditi rated it it was amazing
Must have for animators!
May 20, 2008 P rated it it was amazing
After 75 years, the secret techniques of traditional animators have finally been published for mass consumption. A few dozen years ago, Richard Williams put himself in a unique position to document the methods used by the masters of both the Disney and Warner schools of animation. No book covers these production techniques even half as good. This is not a history book or even a book for cartoon buffs, this is a practical how-to manual for people wanting to learn the art of creating cartoon movem ...more
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Sep 30, 2015 Zangief The Real G rated it it was amazing
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Richard Williams (born March 19, 1933) is a Canadian–British animator. He is best known for serving as animation director on Disney/Amblin's Who Framed Roger Rabbit and for his unfinished feature film The Thief and the Cobbler . He was also a film title sequence designer and animator; his most famous works in this field included the title sequences to What's New, Pussycat? (1965) and title and ...more
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