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Producing Independent 2D Character Animation: Making & Selling A Short Film: Making and Selling a Short Film (Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation) Paperback – 25 Mar 2003
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"While we are on the subject of how-to books, you really can't afford to miss Mark Simon's brilliant new title, Producing Independent 2D Character Animation." - Animation Magazine
About the Author
Mark Simon founded and owns A&S Animation, Inc., an award-winning cel animation house in Florida and Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., the largest storyboard house in the southern United States, which has provided work on over 1,200 productions. Mark's accomplishments range from being the owner of an award-winning advertising firm, to a syndicated cartoonist, production designer of film, TV, and animations and writing entertainment industry books and lecturing. Having won over 30 animation awards for his efforts, Mark has directed TIMMY'S LESSONS IN NATURE, MY WIFE IS PREGNANT, A MESSAGE FROM GOD, and SUBURBAN CINDERELLA, numerous commercials, training videos and television series special effects. Mark also teaches at the DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects) located at Universal Studios Orlando. A&S Animation develops and produces animation for commercials, TV, training videos and the web. The A&S team has produced award-winning shorts and commercials, shows for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and designed sets and special effects on live-action feature films. Prior to its release, A&S has participated in the development of DigiCel Flipbook Pro, the fastest growing digital ink & paint software in the industry. Mark's animation and storyboarding articles have appeared in various industry magazines and he's the author of STORYBOARDS: MOTION IN ART, 2nd Edition, published by Focal Press. Visit the authors website at www.FunnyToons.tv
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If you want affordable softwares for 2D animation, view those below:
1. Tupi, FREE to download. Tupi depends on donations.
2. Anime Studio Pro, cheaper rival to Flash, great tweening tools. Warning: the learning curve is very steep.
3. Tab 3.2 Pro (or its bigger sister software Toonz Harlequin), cheaper alternative to Toon Boom.
4. PD Howler Pro (cheaper alternative to TVPaint)
2D painting & design softwares below, those that you can use to export still images to new folders and import them into animation softwares.
5. Artrage (very affordable, with highly realistic art materials including GREAT smoothing pens that all cartoonists love. Brushes are customisable.)
6. Krita, FREE alternative to Photoshop
7. Inkscape (free to download)
8. Gimp (free to download)
9. MyPaint (free to download)
10. Animation Paper (very user-friendly. It is so SIMPLE that you can easily learn all within about 10 - 30 minutes)
11. Pencil-Animation (FREE to download)
I have been messing around with Flash animation on and off for the past 4 years. Some of my stuff appeared on Howard Stern's syndicated TV show, and I even won a prize in an animated joke competition.
But I have been in a total slump lately - no motivation or understanding of how to improve my skills and not a decent idea to speak of. I haven't posted a new animation on my website in well over a year.
Then I received the book (Producing Independent 2D Character Animation) as a gift. It has been the jump start I needed, like shock treatment for my creativity. I've written some scripts and started storyboarding. I also did an animatic in Flash to check the timing/jokes. With the procedures outlined in the book as my guide, I intend to begin animating again shortly.
Thanks to the author for sharing his knowledge.
Mark takes you through all aspects of the process.. Budgeting, Timing, Equipment, X-Sheets, Lip Sync, etc... He also provides many demos of the software that they used to make 'Lessons in Nature', as well as some online versions of forms used by the studio, etc..
This Full COLOR book also contains TONS of the preproduction and production artwork for the 'Lessons in Nature' series. The artwork alone makes the book great reference material.
It also has interviews with the people that are the "movers and the shakers" of the Animation Industry both in the US and the UK.. These are people in each facet of the industry - recruiters, producers, animators, etc..
Like I said in the title, this book is a goldmine of information and reference. It is definitely worth the price and is something that you can refer back to time and time again...
Oh, and the ultimate "geek perk" of this book - the really cool flip animations that are on each page..
It really is an awesome addition to my library of animation books and will be one of the most worn out in pretty short order..