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Animation: A Handy Guide [Paperback]

Sheila Graber
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009
This handy guide is just that. It is small enough to handle and carry around easily, and is a must-have resource for everyone interested in animation history, theory and practice. The whole book is structured round 20 key events in animation history from Cave Art to the development of 3D computer-generated images. Each of the 20 sections is linked to a practical "Stuff for Students" section which gives clever first-hand instructions for animating anything from plasticine to pixels. Furthermore each of these 20 sections is linked to animated examples from the work of the author herself. The book provides a clearly laid out visual guide to animation at all levels and is further - and most importantly - directly linked to moving examples on a supporting DVD. The DVD also provides a wealth of web links and addresses to steer the user to animated examples of the historical works discussed and more. Although aimed squarely at first year animation students this package could prove equally valuable in the hands of secondary school pupils, MA students or people at home who have 'always wanted to have a go' at animation. From one of the animators who brought us Paddington Bear, this book-and-DVD combination provides an integrated and self-sufficient learn-2D-animation package.

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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: 21.8 x 22 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,757 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book for animation students 27 Nov 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars How Refreshing 7 Feb 2012
By Sidmus
This book is packed full of valuable, accessible information which really makes you want to animate. Sheila Graber certainly knows her stuff and I would imagine she's a great teacher. Many techniques and ideas are included, and there's a helpful dvd as well. I think that this package will be an inspiration at all levels of education. Terrific!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 1 Nov 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to animation. 6 Dec 2011
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Sheila Graber's book is a warm, relaxed, yet hugely informative overview of animation techniques and approaches. It is inspiring, creative and delivered in clear and exciting bursts, which are so easy to grasp. I have added this book to my student's reading list. It is indeed a 'handy guide' and lots more besides. A must for animation students and enthusiasts! Lovely!
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