The Animator's Survival Kit

The Animator's Survival Kit

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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 nearly fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney's golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by the films from Pixar.

Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators. In this book, based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer-animation whiz needs. He illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system. In this revised edition, he expands upon and illuminates more difficult areas of animation, such as animal action and gaits and the correct use of live action, to help animators push the medium in new directions."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 248 x 286 x 40mm | 2,380g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Main - Revised Edition
  • Illustrations (some col.), ports. (some col.)
  • 0571238335
  • 9780571238330
  • 95,848

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Arguably the best animator working in the field today. "Hollywood Reporter"

Richard is a genius. "Robert Zemeckis (director, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump)"

Probably one of the most respected draftsmen in the world. "Los Angeles TV Times"

Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation. "New York Times"

Voted by peers as 'The Animator's Animator'. "Observer"" "Arguably the best animator working in the field today."--"Hollywood Reporter"

"Richard is a genius."--Robert Zemeckis (director, "Back to the Future", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "Forrest Gump")

"Probably one of the most respected draftsmen in the world."--"Los Angeles TV Times"

"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."--"New York Times"

"Voted by peers as 'The Animator's Animator'."--"Observer"
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About Richard E. Williams

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.

Canadian-born Williams has won three US Academy Awards, three British Academy Awards, and an Emmy among 246 international awards - starting with his first film The Little Island in 1958.

Williams has also animated title sequences for Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, What's New Pussycat, Casino Royale and linking sequences for The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as countless prize-winning commercials.

In 1990 he was voted by his peers as 'The Animator's Animator', and in 1995 he started giving the Richard Williams Animation Masterclass for professionals and students worldwide.
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