The Animator's Survival Kit

The Animator's Survival Kit

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Animation is one of the hottest and most creative areas of film-making today . During his more than 40 years in the business, Richard Williams has been one of the true innovators, and serves as the link between the golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation successes.

In this book, based on his sold-out Animation Masterclass in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that very animator - from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz - needs.

Using hundreds of drawings, Williams distills the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that has become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students and fans.

This new expanded edition includes more on animal action, invention and realism with sophisticated animation examples
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 240 x 277 x 34mm | 2,250g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main - Revised Edition
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 0571238343
  • 9780571238347
  • 83,081

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Animation is one of the hottest and most creative areas of film-making today . During his more than
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"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."--"The New York Times"
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About Richard E. Williams

Richard Williams (1933-2019) was the legendary 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 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. He also animated title sequences for The Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, What's New Pussycat? and Casino Royale, and linking sequences for The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as countless prize-winning commercials. In 1990 his peers voted him 'The Animator's Animator'.
His last film, Prologue (2015), was nominated for both a US Academy Award and a British Academy Award.

In 1995 he started giving the Richard Williams Animation Masterclass for professionals and students in London, Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Sydney, Hong Kong, France and Denmark. This Masterclass was subsequently published as The Animator's Survival Kit in 2001 and became an international best-seller. It is also available in a sixteen-DVD box set, and as an IPad app.

Williams was working on his memoir, Adventures in Animation, when he died in 2019.
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