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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; Pap/Dvdr edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408102838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408102831
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.3 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shelia Graber has been working in the animation field for many years. She is an art and animation teacher and has been commissioned to make animations by a long list of institutions including the Tate Gallery (London), NFT and Tyneside Cinema. She creates animation for websites (e.g. International Website for the Deaf with Granada TV) and also works with the police creating animation resources for their Young Offenders Programme. Sheila has won awards for her animated short films at both the London Film Festival and Cannes. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland, and she also runs an animation company with her colleague Jen Miller.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Jefferson on 27 Nov. 2010
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Early on in the book Sheila Graber tells us of a valuable concept she learned at teacher training college. It was that everyone can be an artist in their own way and it was her job as a teacher to provide an environment in which the individual could find their own level. This is a philosophy she has followed through out her teaching career and follows in this book.

Sheila writes about animation from three different perspectives; the history of animated film making, advice for the student animator and Sheila's own experiences as an independent animator. They are grouped together in a way that brings the subject to life and makes it relevant to the student animator of today.

The accompanying DVD is the book brought to life. This triples the information given in the printed book. There are such extras as Student Stuff where extra pages of practical advice are presented in a comic format. There are buttons labelled Graber's Guide that lead to instructional movies. There are buttons labelled Big Movie and Small Movie that lead to movie clips. There is also a Flip Book that allows you to create your own animations, frame by frame, play them back and save them to your computer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Miller on 1 Nov. 2010
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ANIMATION A HANDY GUIDE - from pastels to pixels - SHEILA GRABER

This unassuming title belies a wealth of knowledge and techniques essential to anyone who wants to develop greater awareness and understanding of animation. The author adopts a unique style, sharing her own life's journey of discovery and the opportunities and encounters that have inspired her. She de-mystifies animated recording techniques and discusses low cost self -made equipment through to state of the art computer techniques. The reader is taken on a journey from creating marks on paper, using mobile phone devices, budget cameras and movie cameras to manipulating 3D graphic images on screen, enabling everyone to access animation.

The book is accompanied by interactive disk material, lavishly illustrated and of course animated to inform and inspire the reader to express their own creative thoughts and achieve personal aspirations.

Now in semi retirement the author wishes to `encourage others to make their own animations' and ` produce materials to encourage others to learn.' Judged on these criteria the book achieves these aims admirably. Few books have assembled knowledge, hands on action, history and inspiration in such an effective and enjoyable manner. This is an essential book for all involved or wishing to be involved in the world of animation.

Geoff Miller
Media Consultant
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quizicat on 12 Dec. 2009
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The clip is from the DVD that goes with the book showing how Sheila started in animation. Buy the book and have a go yourself!

Sheila Graber's book `Animation - A handy guide' is both welcome and timely. The book is a guide, as against a manual, and approaches the subject conceptually and historically so that the reader gets a feeling for the ideas that animation is best suited to, and importantly, the fun of animating for its own sake; anyone who has taught children to animate will know the delight and amazement they find in seeing their first attempts work.
The book is well and profusely illustrated, and presented in a conversational way that is easy to read and understand. Though stating that it is aimed at professionals, students, and total beginners, my guess is the market is more likely to be in education as animation is now regarded and an `enabling skill' along with literacy and numeracy.
I would recommend this book to anyone starting out in animation, but also to teachers exploring new ideas, and media professionals who need to get a broad understanding of animation applications and techniques for use in their own field of work.

Stan Hayward - Scriptwriter for Bob Godfrey and many other animators
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Twinklet on 1 Nov. 2010
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The book is brilliant, I attended the university where Sheila Graber guest lectures, and she is a joy, offering wonderful advice to students, and to have this advice and experience in printed form is extremely beneficial. I felt extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to not only speak with her directly but to have my work used as an example for the book.

The different sections use examples of students work to illustrate points and the DVD includes the films, providing a useful reference for the different animation techniques documented in the book.

The history provided is also useful, as it gives more depth into the subject of drawing, and how animation has developed, the timeline at the beginning, giving a concise account of important moments in history.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in animation, whether a beginner, a student or a more seasoned professional, as it is an indispensable source of knowledge.
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