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A superb book for animation students
on 27 November 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.