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The Art of Cartooning with Flash [Paperback]

John Kuramoto , Gary Leib , Daniel Gray
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10 Dec 2001 0782129137 978-0782129137 Pap/Cdr
Face it, funny doesn′t come in the Flash box. Alas, there′s no "make funny" button.

At long last, here′s a book with the pure intent of helping you squeeze more entertaining bits out of Flash. If you′ve ever dreamt of creating your own animated cartoon, this book is a must read.

In The Art of Cartooning with Flash, you′ll learn how to:
∗ Apply the 12 classic principles of cartooning to Flash
∗ Build bandwidth–stingy digital puppets
∗ Master the walkcycle and other intricate techniques
∗ Craft a strong story and dynamic characters
∗ Storyboard and layout like a pro
∗ Create an animatic to test your ideas
∗ Analyze a cartoon, frame–by–frame
Check out the Flash–enabled companion site at www.twinkleland.com/book1.html.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (10 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782129137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782129137
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Face it, funny doesn′t come in the Flash box. Alas, there′s no "make funny" button.

At long last, here′s a book with the pure intent of helping you squeeze more entertaining bits out of Flash. If you′ve ever dreamt of creating your own animated cartoon, this book is a must read.

In The Art of Cartooning with Flash, you′ll learn how to:

  • Apply the 12 classic principles of cartooning to Flash
  • Build bandwidth–stingy digital puppets
  • Master the walkcycle and other intricate techniques
  • Craft a strong story and dynamic characters
  • Storyboard and layout like a pro
  • Create an animatic to test your ideas
  • Analyze a cartoon, frame–by–frame
Check out the Flash–enabled companion site at http://www.twinkleland.com/book1.html.

About the Author

Dan Gray is a professional Web designer and the author of 17 graphics and Web books. Gary Leib and John Kuramoto are animators at Twinkle, an animation studio in New York City. Twinkle′s work has appeared in numerous venues including, PBS, MTV, ABC, Adobe′s Web site, and in the Sundance award–winning film, The Tao of Steve.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animation is not for wimps! 25 April 2002
By Richard Leader VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to try creating cartoons with Flash - there are gems of animation wisdom that would otherwise take much pain and time to discover without its help.
The book documents the entire creation process from sourcing the original artwork, optimal scanner settings, the walk cycle, background animation to recording dialogue. It also provides a healthy dose of the toon theory & psychology that is necessary to add the magic that this art form can provide.
The author states more than once that "animation is not for wimps" - cartooning (even with Flash) is labour intensive. This very useful reality check emphasises the practicality of the book.
The book itself is not tied to any particular version of Flash.
The supplied CD contains basic artwork that can be assembled & animated by following the book's clear step-by-step instructions.
If you aim to make animated cartoons with Flash - you need this book. Even if the twinkle cartooning style is not to your taste there are countless gems of information here gained through long experience.
John Kuramoto has paid his cartooning dues and written it down so we don't have to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 14 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
A great book for anyone that wants to get into animating with Flash. It covers everything that you'll need to get you off to a great start. Before I read this book I was already famaliar with the product, but the book has a refreshing way of teaching you each step until you get to animate your own short flash film. With great illustrations and humourous writing invest in this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book, at least for me! 6 Feb 2002
By "v-8" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can't evaluate this book's value for an expert point of view, since I'm more of a beginer rather than an expert.
So, I must 5*-rate it just because it showed me just about everything I should know about animation, but also opens your doors to the world of Cartooning. This is not one of those Dogma-like books where the Universal Solution is the goal.
Here you can understand what's going on, and then give your best shot!
Sure I wouldn't mind a thing if Gary Leib would have 400 more pages dedicated to the drawing section, but at least I got myself a direction of what steps should I follow, since the amount of information in this kind of mean, is simply staggering (at least I think so).
Since I think a book never ends on it's last page, I didn't hesitate and got myself sharing some ideas and feedback with John Kuramoto via email... So, that extra mile gives the 5* status to the book.
I'm not saying this is the very best you can find, but it is the best I could find, and I recommend it.
Conclusion:
Go for it! And if you don't like it at all, you can always cross the ocean and beat me ;-)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm animation crazy now! 4 Nov 2004
By thesecondjt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A few years ago I tried learning Flash animation by using tutorials on the Internet. I learned a little bit, but most of the tutorials weren't concise and they were confusing and usually I found myself aggravated with Flash deeming it was "too complicate to learn." I found this book for $5 and decided to give Flash another try. Gray made this book easily accessible for novices and advanced users alike with clear instructions. Each chapter begins with a few words on the techniques you will learn in that chapter and some tips. Then the rest of the chapter consists of hands-on exercises. Artwork and sample files are included on the CD-Rom if you do not have any original artwork. These exercises are very easy to follow. I completed the first four chapters and I made a short movie with music. That was only two days after reading the chapters. I read the help file about importing music. This topic isn't covered in the first four chapters but it is in later chapters. It does not take hours upon hours to learn Flash animation using this book. Knowing some basics of Flash beforehand will come in handy, though. I highly recommend this book if you want to learn to make Flash animations. You will not regret your purchase!!

*The CD-Rom also includes software. Macromedia Flash 5, Adobe Photoshop, Bias Peak VST, Bias Peak LE, Bias Deck, and Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge. Most of the programs are PC & Mac compatible.*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Value 4 Aug 2003
By R. Love - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Shows you how to make use and organize symbols. Also some helpful hints and how to make use of alpha and tint functions. I learned how to make use of the transitions and shape tweens in animation very helpful. If only it were more specific on character animation and staging it would get a five star rating.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its a decent book 4 Sep 2002
By Jason Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a pretty decent book. However, for the most part it had nothing new or original to offer that I hadn't already seen in other animation books. Nice artwork thought and it's definitely pretty to look at so I guess in a way it's useful in providing inspirational material. But you're not really going to gain anything new by reading it.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of time! 25 Jan 2005
By I. Smyth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I don't get why other guys gave 5 stars to this it's not giving enough information.The chapter go like this:

chapter 1 : Is only talking about the author and what he thinks of the book

chapter 2 :It talks about Very Very Very basic stuff of animation

I don't want to bother myself by writing more about this book

it's just a waste of time unless you don't know what is flash!

It's 32.99$ l wouldn't buy it even for 5.00$ I recommend to everyone to buy "Animating Flash characters" it's cheaper and better.

The guys who rated this item with 5 stars are surely the author or his frieds, or maybe they didn't even see what's on the book

Anyway l made the mistake of buying it and l am writing this so you won't do the same mistake as l did.
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