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Inspired 3D Short Film Production [Paperback]

Pepe Valencia , Jeremy Cantor
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10 Jun 2004 1592001173 978-1592001170 Pap/DVD
This book brilliantly guides readers, using colorful images and step-by-step instructions, through all aspects of creating a digital short film, from the development stage (story, character design, animatics), through the production process (animation, camera direction, lighting), as well as the post-production phase (editing, submitting to festivals and contests). By the time readers complete Inspired 3D Short Film Production , they will have received an overview of all the steps involved in creating a digital short, as well as having witnessed the production of a student's short film from concept through completion. Co-Author Jeremy Cantor's latest CG short film, "Squaring Off" will be featured in North America's Best Animated Shorts (DVD collection) scheduled for release this Spring. Co-Author Pepe Valencia is currently lending his character animation skills to "Tadpole," Sony Imageworks' second animated CG short. An exciting companion DVD features several student and professional animated shorts, and includes examples performed in the book's tutorials. "Inspired 3D Short Film Production" provides budding filmmakers with the necessary inspiration, examples, and pipeline suggestions to help them turn their story ideas into reality through the medium of the 3D animated CG short.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Premier Press; Pap/DVD edition (10 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592001173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592001170
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 23.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction 1. Getting Started 2. Story 3. Character Development and Design 4. Art Direction 5. Storyboarding 6. Case Study 1: Virgil and Maurice 7. Production Planning 8. Case Study 2: Silhouette 9. Vocal Tracks 10. Story Reels and 2D Animatics 11. 3D Animatics, Layout, and Camera Direction 12. Modeling 13. Materials and Textures 14. Character Setup 15. An Interview with Jim McCampbell 16. Animation 17. Case Study 3: Squaring Off 18. Lighting and Rendering 19. Visual Effects 20. Compositing 21. Sound Effects and Music 22. Titles and Credits 23. Case Study 4: Early Bloomer 24. Marketing and Distribution Appendices A: Short List B: Suggested Reading C: Selected Resources D: Full Image Credits E: DVD Contents

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start point 17 Mar 2005
This book is a great starting point for any one interested in short film production.
The book is of high quality, full of inspirational pictures and is clear and well written.
The book covers many areas of production, here is a list;
Story and character development, art direction, storyboarding, production planning, modelling and texturing (although this is not a how to model etc. step by step guide) animation, lighting, sound effects, marketing and much more...
An extremely resourceful book and I am sure it will help to avoid many pitfalls when first starting out.
Well worth the purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring reading 25 Aug 2004
By A Customer
i was introduced to this book by a colleague, and have just dropped by to order myself a copy. there isn't a single aspect of short film creation that you won't find between it's covers. i found it quite a sobering read, and even though i have attempted even a simple 'narrative' short before encountering this book, i it would have prevented me making some fundamental mistakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!! 9 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Certainly an amazing book for anyone into animation and making their own short films/any length film in general. This has really helped me out with the industry style pipeline and story. Great resource!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Get More Than You Expect 27 Dec 2009
This book was recomanded by one of my scholars working with me in my old studio in Turkey. It was about eight or 9 mounths ago. I really hesitated to order this book because of its expensive price. If you order art books from Amazon, it is not that difficult to say that this book is a bit expensive.

I ordered the book ten days ago. All I can say is that the book can be more expensive than it is now. If the only thing that makes you hasitate to order this book is its price, do not even think about it. It is exactly worth to have it.

First of all, If you are a newbie in this field and wants to learn eveything from the beganing, you should look for something else. The book is not about how to model, how to rig and how to texture the 3d assets. But it is totaly about which kind of modeling, texturing and rigging methods you should choose to get better results for your animation project. So You have to have a basic knowledge and some experiences with 3d softwares and their production techniques.

As I mentioned earlier, you will find much more than the book offers. Story, script, storyboards. character development, 2d and 3d animatics, vocal and sound recordings, production pipeline, budget adjustments, modeling, texturing, rigging, visual effects, compositing ,distrubuting, so on and so forth. It is a very detailed book and all of the main subjects are described in deep.

Once and for all, I wish that the book was more focused on compositing section. According to my experiences, It is one of the most difficult and important steps in an animation pipeline or a film project.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but too much spend on things better covered in another book 20 Aug 2005
By J. Jolton - Published on Amazon.com
I love the case studies in this book, as well as the format of using a workflow to structure the book, much as a project might be. But the authors spend too much time on story and character, material which is better covered in books dedicated to the subject (and written to hold your interest a little more as well). While the importance of these elements is significant and must not be overlooked, this is not why I bought this book. I would have been more satisfied had the space been used for more interviews and case studies (where an emphasis could have been placed on the storytelling). Other than that, I found the book inspirational and very helpful in encouraging my own ambitions towards making a short CG film - I especially appreciated how it stayed away from the platform and software wars, and focused on the things that just about every platform and software can (or should be able to) do.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fantastic! 13 May 2007
By go vegan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has everything you need to know about making a short 3D film. (I'm making one about a box turtle (I love turtles!) and a butterfly using Hexagon and Carrara.) The CD containing 39 short films is icing on the cake. This book makes the best kind of teacher - you don't just learn from it, but are inspired by it!
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers every aspect of Short Film production. 7 July 2004
By Jim Stavropoulos - Published on Amazon.com
"Inspired 3D Short Film Production" covers every aspect of the short-film production pipeline, demonstrating each concept and technique through a combination of general theories, examples, exercises, case studies, and interviews with short-film directors and industry specialists. Full of amazing imagery and one-of-a-kind content, "Inspired 3D Short Film Production" is a must-read book for current and future animated filmmakers.
It's really well laid out to keep it interesting. Easy to read. Easy to learn. Lots of great information. Five out of Five stars.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the true beginner 19 Dec 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this hoping that it would teach me how to create a short film. The story I already have, it's just the skills and schedule that I need. This book gave me a GENERAL IDEA but it wasn't specific enough. It would say, "then use your compositing softare to put the renders together." Ummm... How?

I know it wasn't meant to be a complete-all-included-only-this-needed kind of book, but even so...

I would say that unless you are a true beginner to this field, look for something else, but if you are a true beginner, it is excellent. It taught me alot and I am very VERY glad I bought this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of the whole process 20 Nov 2007
By E. de Vaal - Published on Amazon.com
This book is everything I hoped it would be and more. In a very clear an readable design it covers all the aspects of a 3d short animation process. This process can be used on any length of 3d animation. It's not a technical book but a must have for everyone who wants to make a solid animation but does not quite know where to begin. The whole inspired series is very useful, but this one is where it all begins. Also comes with a nice dvd with lots of inspiring shorts. Great!
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