Publishers with a large library of books about various media
production techniques. Before there was the "For Dummies"
series of books covering all human endeavors, Focal Press had
cornered the market in teaching the techniques of media production
in a simple and understandable way.
One of the best design magazines around. Very savvy with
a wry outlook. Rarely a techno-loving geekfest.
The definitive chronicle of special visual effects in magazine
form. A must subscribe for serious followers of effects.
This link leads you to an address for subscription and an index
of previous articles.
AND ORDER LINK: This link leads you to a place where you
can subscribe to Cinefex.
Technique of Special Effects Cinematography:
by Raymond Fielding
This is the bible about visual special effects. If there
was only one "How To" book in your library, this would
be it! It is an older book that covers all of the pre-electronic
techniques of creating visual effects and photo chemical compositing.
It won't teach you digital compositing, but it's good for your
mind and will teach you why effects work is done the way it is.
Chuck Amuck : The Life and Times of an Animated
by Chuck Jones
A long line of animated mischief makers sprang from his pen:
Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and countless others. Chuck Jones is
one of the giants of animation, and his daffy and unpretentious
autobiography will delight readers with behind-the-scenes views
of his life. A must for fans.
The Illusion of Life : Disney Animation
by Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston (Contributor)
Written by the ultimate Disney insiders, this "bible"
of animation is the definitive account of the development of
Disney animation. It explains what made Disney's style unique,
how memorable movie sequences were made and features original
sketches and drawings.
Full-color throughout. Another must have for fans and students
by Christopher D. Watkins
A brief look at the beginnings and future of animation, and
the key people/companies involved in its advancement. It explains
technical concepts pertinent to animation.
Experimental Animation : Origins of a New
by Robert Russett, Cecile Starr (Editor)
One of the books in our library. A good look at all the different
ways that animation can be created. An antidote to all the techno-lust
Paper Dreams: The Art And Artists Of Disney Storyboards
by John Canemaker
Before the Animation Begins : The Art and Lives
of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists
by John Canemaker
Review by Amazon.com
For the first time ever, noted animation historian and animator
John Canemaker documents the lives and works of Disney's "inspirational
sketch artists" from the 1930s to the present. These are
the people who visualize all the details surrounding each character
in the initial creative period before the grueling labor of animation
begins. Drawings and paintings of Disney characters leap right
off the pages of this lush book, where you'll find pastels from
Fantasia, faux wood-cuts of the Seven Dwarfs, paintings of Alice
in Wonderland, and hundreds of other delightful, rarely seen
John Canemaker is an internationally recognized animator
and animation historian. Canemaker has authored several books
and more than 100 essays, reviews and articles on animation.
He is a tenured professor and head of the film animation program
at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. The John Canemaker Animation Collection is
an archival resource on animation history opened to scholars
and students in 1989 as part of the Fales Collection in Bobst
Library at NYU.
Creating 3-D Animation : The Aardman Book
by Peter Lord, Brian Sibley, Aardman Animations From the
folks that brought you Wallace and Grommet, here is a beautiful
book showing the stop motion work from Aardman Studios in England.
A thorough book on the subject and one of the first to include
complete instructions for making a "3-D" animated film
(Note, they use the term "3-D" to mean real world dimensional
animation). If you're going to copy someone, these are the guys.
Visual Effects Cinematography
by Zoran Perisic
This is a new book on the subject so I can't comment about
the book specifically. However, Mr. Perisic has written many
fine technical (but currently out of print) books about animation
and special effects techniques so we have high expectations for
his new book. He must know something, he made Superman fly (in
camera!) with an Academy Award winning front projection system
of his invention.