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The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators


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I started this part to plan and research how to animate the heavy lift. Looked through various forums and videos, and looked in the book Animators Survival Kit and found some pictures wich I used as reference to the varous key poses that i made.

For over a decade Richard Williams’ best-selling book "The Animator’s Survival Kit" has been an essential part of any animator’s library. Now in its second edition, the book has inspired a generation of young animators and received the highest praise from every area of our industry. Williams' 16-set DVD collection "The Animator's Survival Kit Animated" has received similar acclaim. It is priced at just under $1,000 (arguably it is worth every penny), and although this may be affordable for the professional animator looking to tap into Williams' vast array of knowledge and expertise, the high cost does potentially put the collection out of reach of the average animation student. However there is now good news for those who fall into the latter group - Mr. Williams has released The Animators Survival Kit as an iPad app. And it is priced at a mere $35.

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The main home screen has two sections The Kit, which is where the learning takes place, and Extras, which includes a few bonus features from the pencil of Williams himself. In the main section of the book, you can skip to any particular chapter you wish to focus on. The eBook is strewn with animation examples, and also with videos of Williams talking directly to the camera, explaining the background to some of the disciplines of his art. Using sketches and simple animations, Williams guides readers step-by-step through specific techniques such as how to produce runs, jumps and skips. Then theres how to create the effect of a bouncing ball accelerating/decelerating as it rises up and falls down again. He even shows you how to produce a simple walking character. The app contains more than a hundred original animations by Williams, and features a simple slide to animate control that lets you see exactly how an animation was created frame by frame. In the Extras section, you can peruse through four different features, three of which have a video with Williams explaining the back story to each animation. You can also watch the spellbinding animation from the intro screen again, if you so wish. Silent Film, for example, is a 45-second skit featuring famous faces from silent movies all morphing into each other. Behind the scenes Williams, through Faber and Faber, enlisted the help of Agant , a UK-based app development firm, to produce The Animators Survival Kit. And its clear from our initial dabblings a lot of work has gone into making it as beautiful as it is.
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