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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Wordware Publishing Inc. (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556222270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556222276
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,158,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a 'topographical map' for other animators who dreaming of making their own short films, but feel constrained by the perceived limitations of budget and/or manpower. Included is a detailed exploration of the process through pre-production, production and post-production: design, scripting, storyboarding, voice casting/recording, animation, and musical scoring/performance. Part 'art-of', part 'how-to', this book explores how one artist created a feature-quality, 22-minute animated film in six months of production. From concept, design, scripting, and storyboarding to modelling, lighting, animating, editing, and distribution, every step is outlined, every solution is documented.


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A MUST HAVE if you want to make your own CGI film!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Timothy Albee's book 'The Creation of Ghost Warrior' is simply an inspirational book to anyone who has ever wanted to make their own CGI film. Not only does he go through what software he uses, how he uses it, and why he did certain things, but he also coaches you on things like acting, timing, scriptwriting, how to be as efficient as possible in your production and so on. Timothy not only is showing the world that HE absolutely can make a Hollywood calibre film for an independent budget, but he's showing you how YOU can do it too. Instead of giving you 1000+ pages of fluff, each page is distilled down to the most important information. You don't finish a chapter and feel like it was a big waste of time - it's obvious that he puts as much care in writing books as he does in creating animation. Even when I was reading about a subject I already have experience with, I felt like I came away learning a new perspective on it. This book goes hand in hand with his other 2: Essential Lightwave 7.5 and Lightwave 7 Character Animation. You will not regret buying this book.
Also recommended: Essential Lightwave 7.5, Lightwave 7 Character Animation, Inside Lightwave 8, Lightwave 8 1001 Tips and Tricks, Dynamic Character Drawing
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I dont normally bother writing reviews here but this time i feel like i need to, first i just want say to Tim (the auther of the book) - you are the ONE. because this book is like a "true bible" to me, I really like the way he writes. This book is like a touch shining through a long dark and narrow path, and you are on that path right now. It taught me things that I never thought i would learn from a book. Completely changed the way I think about CG. This book is defintiely worth alot more than £30 to all artists out there.
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HASH(0x9c753090) out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE if you want to make your own CGI film! 31 Mar. 2004
By Paul C. Griswold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Timothy Albee's book 'The Creation of Ghost Warrior' is simply an inspirational book to anyone who has ever wanted to make their own CGI film. Not only does he go through what software he uses, how he uses it, and why he did certain things, but he also coaches you on things like acting, timing, scriptwriting, how to be as efficient as possible in your production and so on. Timothy not only is showing the world that HE absolutely can make a Hollywood calibre film for an independent budget, but he's showing you how YOU can do it too. Instead of giving you 1000+ pages of fluff, each page is distilled down to the most important information. You don't finish a chapter and feel like it was a big waste of time - it's obvious that he puts as much care in writing books as he does in creating animation. Even when I was reading about a subject I already have experience with, I felt like I came away learning a new perspective on it. This book goes hand in hand with his other 2: Essential Lightwave 7.5 and Lightwave 7 Character Animation. You will not regret buying this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbec69c) out of 5 stars Excellent book 4 May 2006
By Fayanne Spitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well-written and an excellent guide, Ablee goes into detail of every stage of making a CGI film. Essential for anyone who is even considering making a film, especially if your primary program will be Lightwave.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca0fec4) out of 5 stars Nicely Carved Book 6 Oct. 2005
By Muthuraman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is really great. Cannot stop reading the book. The book is very inspiring. hats off to Timothy Albee. A must read for people who enter in to the field of animation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c753528) out of 5 stars CGI Filmmaking: The Creation of Ghost Warrior 22 Aug. 2005
By Francisco Hirata - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. It is very well written and has a lot of very useful information. Although at times Mr. Albee gets a little heavy handed with his philosophies or life and art, in general his advice is most welcome.

I especially recommend this book to people who are just starting in the business, or are looking for a break in.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c753420) out of 5 stars An animation revolution. 7 Mar. 2005
By Gryphon - Published on Amazon.com
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Having an inside perspective of the animation industry, it is easy to see why there is a growing number of very sour animators when it comes to books with insight such as this one. Mr. Albee's work is very dangerous for the animation industry. Not only does he do for animation what "Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain" does for artwork, he explains the tools and techniques that the average Joe can use to create work comparible to today's large production companies.

Albee's film, "Kaze: Ghost Warrior" has drawn some critisism from other animators. However, the film is, in fact, very impressive. You would be hard pressed to find productions of comperable quality on television and in many movies. And as Albee created the film entirely on his own, and in less than half the time and one tenth the cost as it would take a team of animators from any current computer animation production studio, it's easy to see why certain folks at ILM are jealous.

This book teaches you, the average person, how to do the same thing. And in terms that don't require a degree in computer teminology. If you are interested in animating your own productions, this book is simply the best.
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