The Animator’s Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators
Animation is probably the hottest elements of filmmaking today–and also the master animator who bridges the existing generation plus the new is Richard Williams. During his quite some years in the business, Williams is one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and getting the link between Disney’s golden day of animation by hand as well as the new cartoon exemplified by Toy Story.
Perhaps much more important, though, may be his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a different generation of animators so they really in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, determined by his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams affords the underlying principles of animation that each and every animator–from beginner to expert, classic animator to cartoon whiz –needs. Urging his readers to “invent but be believable,” he illustrates his points with many drawings, distilling the secrets to the masters to a working system to create a book which will become the standard work towards all sorts of animation for professionals, students, and fans.