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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 fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serv
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2001)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animation students and enthusiasts.
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) 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
Bert
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fatine
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-animation
This book has a great deal of Richard Williams in it and it's absolutely amazing. Of course it does a fine job explaining all the notions necessary to grasp the basics of animation but ultimately, what makes it so enthralling to read is getting to enjoy Richard's perception of the craft and see it manifest through the pages. This is especially true if one gets the chance to watch the accompanying DVDs while reading the book. Warm and mellow in its speech but unmistakably driven and passionate, T ...more
Katelyn Jenkins
ULTIMATE BOOK ON ANIMATION.
iF YOU WANT TO BECOME AN ANIMATOR, THIS IS practically available everywhere. :)

Just get it! Just practice it! Get good doing your great! This book is the only of it's kind, thank you to Richard Williams, I will forever be reading this.
Sabine Terky
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anna Dale
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full of beautiful and helpful illustrations! There's so much information, I almost want to reread it so I can reinforce what I've learned.
Jere
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I doubt I'll ever become an animator but I sure did learn a lot from this book! And now I appreciate more the effort that goes into making animations.
Can't say I enjoyed the whole journey, though. For someone studying the subject or working in the business the book is surely a gem, but a layman like me might find the countless pages on 'how to make a character walk' quite a slog to go through...

I totally recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest dream of becoming an animator.
Diana Habashneh
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent reference. i also recommend watching the videos for more understanding
Aja
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in hand drawn animation
Shelves: art
While I have not gotten into animation (at least not yet), this book really gives me a great wealth of information for what to expect. Not just for animation, but for great animation. It's absolutely mind blowing of the compilation of advice from not only the author himself, but of other animation veterans of different studios spelling it out for anyone who reads this.

I remember a friend of mine from school saying that doing traditional hand drawn animation was insane because of the countless dr
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Gvantsa Tandilashvili
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An important book for animators and animation enthusiasts. This has been a useful and faithful tool for me as an animator. I often refer to it. There's information on the different cycles and variations of them such as run, walk cycles. Learned so much about arcs, acting, body language, twinning, facial expressions, lip sync, etc. Everything is broken down and explained through pictures, drawings, and written explanations in a way that is fun and engaging. There is a lot of information geared to ...more
Koen Crolla
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
Williams is obviously working from a very specific tradition of animation and targets people who animate in a studio context rather than people who want to do it on their own, but most of the advice here translates and only some of it is clearly bad (like the stagger vibration thing; it's certainly true that that is/used to be a very common way of doing it, but the only reason I know that is because it stands out like a sore thumb every single time).
I just don't understand why every man in anima
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Julia Milius
More pictures than text, reading through this book helped prepare me to succeed in my animation class. I was able to add tips and tricks from the book that helped set my animation a level above other first time animators in the class. Hearing the many approaches of animators gave me confidence in trying out new and different ways of animating. While one shouldn't include a walk cycle in their portfolio, one does need to excel at a walk cycle in order to achieve better animation.
Dave Woodward
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book on learning to execute very commonly used techniques in animation. Although I never practiced anything the book taught me, it has given me a much desired dose of knowledge on how many of my favorite 2-D animated films were made.
Soha
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book out there for animators who are looking for animating tips.(specially beginners) Great book i thank Mr Richard Williams for this great book and sharing his experiences with the world🙏🏼
Siann
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS Lovely ginormous book was gifted to me by my brothers girlfriend. and it was what I wanted for so long. THANKYOU!!!!

I have to say it gives you the basics of practically everything to do with movement, proportion, body language, facial expressions. This is really helpful.
Waqar Ali
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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LivThebooks
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow wow. I learnd so much! Im definitely going to use this when I practice animation. Great book for anyone interested or studying animation
David Parker
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible. I'll never look at animation the same.
Forest Gamble
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reference guide for animators and animation enthusiasts!
Denver
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good startup book for animators
Kirsten
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh neat! This is on here! lmao 500/5 excellent to read through and reference eternally.
harsan81
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animation
Magnificent! I learned a lot from this book!

It's a must have and read for any animation professionals, student, hobbyist, or enthusiast!
Jakob Christensen
The first book to get as an aspiring animator. Amazing value and fun to read.
Revanthravi
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genius!
Anna Chiara
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Animation's Holy Bible.
Alex Jon Harvey
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The greatest resource for learning animation, undeniably! However, Williams' ideas and commentary throughout are too often mysoginistic and homophobic for whatever reason.
Mya
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: learning, arty-farty
This is such a great book. It is actually delightful to get such a personal insight in the animation world, and honestly when the author spoke about anecdotes and such and his friendships with famous animators I got really touched. & then I went and saw the author is in his 80s and got sad to think the world will lose such a precious person. The way he speaks to the reader as if he is a wise mentor giving you tips about the industry, a kindly teacher with subtle humour and jokes. I find it r ...more
Karen
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read and an absolute treasure trove for anyone interested in learning animation.
Maya
Jan 30, 2011 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
Jellysix
Jun 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
“Good drawing is not copying the surface. It has to do with understanding and expression. We don't want to learn to draw just to end up being imprisoned in showing off our knowledge of joints and muscles. We want to get the kind of reality that a camera can't get. We want to accentuate and suppress aspects of the model's character to make it more vivid.” 0 likes
“We're not copying life, we're making a comment on it.” 0 likes
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