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The Animator's Survival Kit [Paperback]

Richard E. Williams
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5 Nov 2009

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.

Usisng hundreds of drawings, Wiliams 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 animatiion 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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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Revised Edition edition (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571238343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571238347
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 23.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."--"The New York Times"

About the Author

Richard Williams is best known as the 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 has 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.Williams has also animated title sequences for Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, What's New Pussycat, Casino Royale and linking sequences for The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as countless prize-winning commercials.In 1990 he was voted by his peers as 'The Animator's Animator', and in 1995 he started giving the Richard Williams Animation Masterclass for professionals and students worldwide.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I was given this book by my parents in preparation for an art course of six months. The amount of use this book saw as I flipped through it time and time, and time(!), again all but made it a calendar, chronicling my betterment as an animator over the six months of intense training and practice the course lasted.
This book helped me further my understanding of not only kinematic motion in general, but my understanding of specific anatomical tendencies and limb-movements inherent in all creatures.

Getting hooked on animation, I've now joined a three-year education to focus on the digital aspect of animation, and was on my first day of school given yet another copy - this time by the school (a highly reputable one I might add). Evidently, they thought it a sound investment to equip each and every student in the class with their own copy.

Needless to say I take a lot better care of book nr. two, but in no way are they behind my skill-level (nor will they ever be, I reckon).
They keep getting read, and they keep pouring out wisdom.

Truly, the defining word to describe this book, is "essential."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential book for animators 31 July 2010
Ask pretty much any animator which book they recommend for the beginning animator (or even an experienced one) and they will tell you Richard Williams, The Animator's Survival Kit. This enormous (340 pages and bigger than A4) book starts with the basics, the bouncing ball, and moves right through to complex walk and run cycles. Other books on animation technique may describe the basic walk cycle and then have a page or two describing variations but Richard Williams has no less than seventy five pages on the walk cycle alone. He goes into: the basic cycle, weight, tempo, how to add character and emotion and sneaks, amongst other things. Other topics covered by this book include perspective, runs and jumps, breaking down animation, weight and pressure, anticipation, timing, dialogue and animal action. The version I'm reviewing is the original edition where the animal action section is quite short. I believe that the "Expanded Edition" had more in this section, getting deeper into animal walks and runs.

While this book is written for 2D animators the techniques are applicable to 3D, stop motion or any other kind of animation. While the style of the drawings or the handwritten style of the text may not be to everybody's taste, I think they add a personal touch to the book. I'm a 3D animator and I refer to this book all the time, it's my animation bible you might say. He goes into so much detail on every aspect of animating a character, illustrating each point with sequences of images and diagrams, that you can't help but learn something new every time you even just flick through it.

If you're going to buy any book on animation, make sure it's this one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 14 Jan 2010
I bought this book for my son who is studying Fine Arts and Animation. It arrived just in time to help him create his 10 seconds animation for academic purposes. He got an "excellent" mark and congratulations from his teacher. It has proved to be very useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book of it's kind 7 Nov 2010
By Deboona
I am an animation student, and this book was on the reading list, it came early and so I read about one third of it. I understood it completely, and everything is explained very well. The diagrams are so helpful and the writing style is friendly and isn't over bearing. It's also really enjoyable to read and doesn't feel like an instructional book.
I'm a big fan of Richard Williams myself, and I salute him for such a great tribute to the technical side of animation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for animators 15 Aug 2011
I was an animation student at uni, and this book was recommended to me by a class mate originally. I looked through his copy and then borrowed it from the library before realising this was a must have for me, I thought I knew a lot until I got this and realised how much I still had to learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 25 Jun 2013
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a serious must have for aspiring animators and and anyone studying movement and mechanics. it is a complete archive of walk cycles and almost any kind of movement you need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the complete guide 6 Jun 2013
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Useful, and clear, step by step diagrams. Great book. It is my go to guide on animation. This is my second copy after moving to Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 27 April 2013
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I bought it for a friend and they were very happy with it. It gets 5 stars because of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not a boring heres what to do book the way it has ...
all you need to know! not a boring heres what to do book the way it has been written makes it fun
Published 1 day ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars For my brother.
I bought this as a birthday present to my Brother.
He doesn't have a degree in animation but wants a career in it and he said this is perfect to help him catch up.
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A great book for aspiring animators.
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Every animator should have this
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This is so detailed will help me greatly when I start animating.
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Published 3 months ago by Selene Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars best animation textbook ever.
I read it when I was in University study animation and now I work as an animator it still the best book about animation.

And the deliver is really fast.
Published 3 months ago by HUAIJIN
5.0 out of 5 stars worth purchasing
Perfect for animators like myself and very pleased with the price I paid for it and also very useful and helpful in many areas of animation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reference for 2D and 3D Animators
If you do character animation of any kind from mucking about with a flipbook to 3D you should have this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. R. Rodgers
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a very useful book for anyone in the animation industry, great for students and thouse who need to get help with animation...
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