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Animation Planning

Keith Osborn

Keith Osborn, is a freelance animator and animation instructor. He has over ten years’ experience in various disciplines of animated film-making, specializing in character animation, including his work on the 2012 Oscar-winning short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cartoon Character Animation with Maya : Mastering the Art of Exaggerated Animation

Fairchild Books, 2015

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...Starting a new scene can be both an exhilarating and a terrifying experience. Exhilarating in that it’s a clean slate, a chance to create something memorable. Plus, we’re actually animating for a living—how cool is that? Terrifying...

Frames and Images

Robert Edgar

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Robert Edgar is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at York St John University, UK, where he teaches creative writing and film and television. Publications include Screenwriting (2009) and Directing Fiction (2010) and most recently the second edition of The Language of Film (Bloomsbury, 2015). Research projects include work on Hitchcock and Herrmann, contemporary television and Top Gear. Robert was a co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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John Marland

John Marland is Senior Lecturer in Film and Literature at York St John University where he has both taught and developed undergraduate courses in Scriptwriting. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Steven Rawle

Steven Rawle is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at York St. John University, UK, where he teaches film form and the politics of global cultural production at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Language of Film

Fairchild Books, 2015

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...director Sergio Leone Film language has no distinctive grammar and its vocabulary is heavily reliant on context for its meaning. Every shot is chosen from an infinite number of possible framings, compositions, and arrangements. When...

A Thoughtful Space

Heather D. Freeman

Heather D. Freeman is Associate Professor of Digital Media at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, US. She teaches 2D and 3D digital animation, video, digital print, sound art, small-screen interactivity, installation art, and drawing. She primarily teaches introductory and intermediate digital media and animation courses to students with concentrations in graphic design, digital media, illustration, photography and printmaking, although she occasionally has students concentrating in painting, ceramics, fiber art and sculpture in her classes. To accommodate this vast diversity of interests and applications, she approaches digital technologies as tools for the creation of works grounded on solid conceptualization and formalization. With this approach, both graphic designers and printmakers can learn the same software and technical applications, but apply these tools to their own formal and conceptual concerns. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Image Workshop : Introducing Animation, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects in 45 Practical Projects

Fairchild Books, 2016

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...The elements of design include line, value, color, texture, shape, form, and space; these come together to form a work of design. The careful arrangement of these elements demonstrates the principles of design, which include balance...

Focusing the idea

Barry J. C. Purves

Barry Purves is a stop-motion animator and director with more than thirty years' experience. His films have won more than 60 major international awards, including Grand Prix's, Best Director, Best Film, and Oscar and BAFTA nominations. He has been involved with such diverse works as The Wind in the Willows, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Chorlton and the Wheelies, Rupert Bear, Mars Attacks!, King Kong and Hamilton Mattress. Barry has held master classes in most of the major animation studios and colleges around the world and is the author of Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stop-motion Animation : Frame by Frame Film-making with Puppets and Models

Fairchild Books, 2014

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...In this chapter, we will look at how the particular and quite extraordinary qualities of stop-motion lend themselves perfectly to certain stories and characters but may look inappropriate when used in other contexts.We’ll also consider how...

Thinking in 2D

Keith Osborn

Keith Osborn, is a freelance animator and animation instructor. He has over ten years’ experience in various disciplines of animated film-making, specializing in character animation, including his work on the 2012 Oscar-winning short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cartoon Character Animation with Maya : Mastering the Art of Exaggerated Animation

Fairchild Books, 2015

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...When I opened Maya for the first time, I was incredibly anxious. Here I was, an eager art school student, using the same software that many of the big studios were using, getting my first taste of the wondrous world of computer animation...

Is Sex Necessary? Masculine and Feminine Character Acting

Nancy Beiman

Nancy Beiman is a professor at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada. She has produced, directed, designed, storyboarded and animated for television commercials, specials, features, and new media projects. Her employers have included The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers Animation and Bill Melendez Productions. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Animated Performance : Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human, and Fantasy Characters to Life

Fairchild Books, 2016

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...In this chapter we analyze differences in the animation of women and men— it’s not just in the walk. A standard character design shows how sex may be communicated through acting without the use of secondary sexual characteristics. We return...

Lightning Bolts and Weathermen: Motion Gfx and Visual Fx

Heather D. Freeman

Heather D. Freeman is Associate Professor of Digital Media at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, US. She teaches 2D and 3D digital animation, video, digital print, sound art, small-screen interactivity, installation art, and drawing. She primarily teaches introductory and intermediate digital media and animation courses to students with concentrations in graphic design, digital media, illustration, photography and printmaking, although she occasionally has students concentrating in painting, ceramics, fiber art and sculpture in her classes. To accommodate this vast diversity of interests and applications, she approaches digital technologies as tools for the creation of works grounded on solid conceptualization and formalization. With this approach, both graphic designers and printmakers can learn the same software and technical applications, but apply these tools to their own formal and conceptual concerns. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Image Workshop : Introducing Animation, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects in 45 Practical Projects

Fairchild Books, 2016

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...Motion graphics (motion GFX) and visual effects (visual FX or VFX) are separate aspects of moving imagery incorporated into film or video. Chapter 5 discussed animated typography, which is one aspect of motion graphics, but the line between...

The Visual Concept

Jane Barnwell

Jane Barnwell is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Media Practice at University of Westminster, UK - where she teaches practice and theory. Graduating from Leeds University and the Northern School of Film & Television she began her career at the BBC, before working as a freelance production designer. Recent production design projects include the British feature Axed (2012, R Driscoll, Lionsgate). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Production Design for Screen : Visual Storytelling in Film and Television

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2017

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...Black Narcissus,1947, Powell and Pressburger, PD Alfred Junge.The Visual Concept of the film is contained in the contrasting settings that drive narrative and emotion.The designer interprets the script, identifying a concept and drawing...

Fantastic Performance!

Nancy Beiman

Nancy Beiman is a professor at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada. She has produced, directed, designed, storyboarded and animated for television commercials, specials, features, and new media projects. Her employers have included The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers Animation and Bill Melendez Productions. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Animated Performance : Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human, and Fantasy Characters to Life

Fairchild Books, 2016

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...In the first section of this chapter, you will learn how to create or re-create action for extinct and mythical animals where live action reference does not exist. Examples and interviews describe how other animators handled these creatures...

The Performer as Object

Nancy Beiman

Nancy Beiman is a professor at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada. She has produced, directed, designed, storyboarded and animated for television commercials, specials, features, and new media projects. Her employers have included The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers Animation and Bill Melendez Productions. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Animated Performance : Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human, and Fantasy Characters to Life

Fairchild Books, 2016

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...In this chapter inanimate objects come to life. We start with small household items and progress to entire houses, which may be characters in themselves or caricatures of human types. You will see how period furniture design provides...