Aimed at both students and professionals, the discs excel in revealing the fundamental principles behind animation, making it suitable for animators working in any field, including classical, digital, games, stop-motion and online animation.
During the course of the videos, Williams frequently reaches for a marker pen and illustrates his points with drawings.
Although the training is not available as separate DVDs, it is comparatively priced when compared with other training products on a per-disc basis. If you’re resolute about improving your animations, The Animator’s Survival Kit: Animated is an inspiration. If you want to learn technique from the man who directed Roger Rabbit, the Pink Panther and a lot of other famous as well as forgotten stars, his book and DVD set should be near your computer or drawing table. I lent my set to Kevin Coffey, a close friend who has been animating since the mid-1960s as a little kid.
Compiling more than 10 hours work of material on those 16 DVD’s something like 31,000 drawings have been turned into over 400 examples of new animation, all pencil drawings which punctuate the words of wisdom.
The book has been a blessing for aspiring animators the world over, the detailed drawings and hand-written instructions makes you feel like you are attending a personalised class with Richard Williams himself.
Animators in India unfortunately have never been able to actually attend any of Williams’ masterclasses.
All the important technical information is explained using drawn examples so that even a complete newbie animator will grasp the basics of animation, slowly advancing through the chapters, practising and mastering skills along the way.
Despite technical limitations that prevent it from having as much video content as the DVDs, the iPad App covers a lot of ground. Making the most of the technology, it allows you to view animation frame by frame automatically and also by scrubbing back and forth. One of the biggest advantages of the iPad app is that it makes the knowledge very accessible. I would highly recommend the app especially to aspiring animators in India who have the talent and the inclination to learn but cannot afford to enrol in expensive courses.
Richard Williams has updated his legendary Survival Kit and Don Perro explores why it's more invaluable than ever.
The Animator's Survival Kit (Faber & Faber) has been around for almost a decade and is one of the must-have animation books in any animator's collection. Although it's not possible for a technical book on animation theory to capture that raw energy of his first Masterclass, The Animator's Survival Kit packs in much more information than you can effectively deliver in a weekend workshop. Starting with the basics of frame-by-frame animation, spacing and timing, Williams explains the procedures and the use of key drawings to define animated action. After covering everything possible on walks, Williams moves on to one of the most important aspects of character animation: Flexibility. The sections that follow show the reader how to animate weight, anticipate an action and the standard procedures for creating a "take" or reaction as well as how to use staggers and animate a wave. The original version of the book then finishes with three short sections on acting, animal walks (a variation of the biped walk formula) and directing.
And now for the Expanded Edition: The term, Expanded Edition is an accurate description of the new (2009) book. There is also a hypothesis of why ultra-realistic CG characters can emanate an uneasy feeling in audiences as well as a final few pages advising quick, sequential gestures (rather than long poses) when drawing a model from life. Attached to the inside cover is a DVD of just under 10 minutes, promoting The Animator's Survival Kit -- Animated, a box set that combines video from a Williams Masterclass lecture intercut with animated examples of animation theory. And if there ever is a true revised edition of The Animator's Survival Kit, I would love to see an index.
Don Perro has been the head of the Commercial Animation program at Capilano University (formerly Capilano College) for more than 15 years. Walk cycles, accents, vibrates, anticipation, eases, overlapping action and weight are among the many topics covered. In addition to between 30 and 50 minutes of video footage, each DVD includes up to 30 minutes of animation – running to hundreds of individual animated examples over the course of the box set.


Unless you’re fortunate to have your school or studio purchase it, the box set is not cheap – but it is worth saving up for. I asked Kevin if he was finding the DVD set useful and he replied he was amazed to have all this information at his fingertips. Being able to review William's methods for animating a pretty girl's walk saved A LOT of money and time".
There is plenty of tapping and scrolling, the book lending itself perfectly to the medium, enhancing the learning experience.
Also to those who currently attend animation institutes that teach you the animation software but completely overlook the foundation – the art of animation.
It is the result of numerous live Masterclasses that Richard Williams, a veteran animator and animation director (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), has been delivering since the early '90s.
The first edition of this book, published in 2001, has become an essential part of any character animator's library.
He is a living link between the pioneers of the art form and the international animation community of today. He then jumps (pun intended) right into human movement, with more than a 100 pages of everything you ever needed to know about walks and runs. The next section explains how to animate to dialogue; however, unlike the walks, Williams skips the basics that are so clearly described in animator Preston Blair's earlier book, How to Draw Cartoon Animation. One of the best things about The Animator's Survival Kit is that although it is a technical "how-to" manual, it is also a very entertaining and enlightening memoir. You almost need to have separate sections for 3D animators, 2D animators and stop-motion animators.
It isn't a revised edition in that it is the same book with a few dozen more pages added to the back. If you are a character animator or an animation student and you don't have the older version, yes, yes, yes! My students will then be able to go directly to the principle they're looking for and I can easily locate words of wisdom from one of the great animators, Richard Williams. He said the disc presentation follows the book closely and will make an excellent reference tool.
He said he nailed the walks on his first attempts, and being able to review the basics as Williams lays them out in both his book and in animated form on DVD will be a Godsend to animators everywhere. The iPad app goes a few steps further by incorporating videos of Richard Williams introducing the topics and several animated examples. From the bouncing ball that’s like the A-B-C of animation to advanced tips for directing animation, the Animator’s Survival Kit teaches you EVERYTHING! The iPad actually allows you to take Richard Williams with you whether you chose to learn at home, in the park or while traveling! Whether you are a classical, CG, stop motion or Flash animator, the basic principles of animation are the same and The Animator’s Survival Kit covers everything there is to know.
In 1995, Williams had recently lost control of his life's work, the animated feature, The Thief and the Cobbler. From the age of 10, Williams was a student of animation, looking for the answers that would help him create believable and convincing movement of characters; characters that would live and breathe. Much of the information in the book relates directly to the creation of character animation regardless of the media used to create it. He examines all kinds of walks from various angles and analyzes how parts of the body move during a walk. With a variety of examples that show the movement of joints and how to overlap actions, Williams makes it easy to understand.
The anecdotes, photographs and quotations of Williams' mentors, including Art Babbit, Grim Natwick, Emery Hawkins, Ken Harris and Milt Kahl, make this a fascinating read.


Things like exposure sheets and numbering pages, dialogue breakdown and peg bars are becoming unnecessary, even for classical animators and some readers may find that information confusing.
Although this book is still essential for any character animator, a revised edition would have likely updated terms and procedures to make it more accessible to animators outside classical, 2D, hand drawn animation. The Animator's Survival Kit is an excellent training manual and Williams is a passionate writer when it comes to animation. Najme, autor nikad nije bil crtach nego iskljucivo animator i tvrdi da se isti pokret moze koristiti i na cica glisi i na ultra-realisticnom covjeku i na 3D objektu. Each disc includes lots of animated sequences (over 400 of them in the set) and you can stop and single frame your way through each example if that will help you see what he is talking about.
Says Coffey- "It will save you time and money, and it will inspire you to stretch as an animator. INR 54,000, most Indian animators couldn’t afford the DVDs and had to be happy with just the book.
The 17 chapters are exactly the same as in the book, but each one comes with a lot of interactive extra material that is possible only on a tablet. He sought out the top animators of the day, asking questions, taking notes and absorbing information regarding the mechanics of animation. Walks are a great example to show us because they are basic, cyclical and work as a formula of keys that can be evenly divided for inbetweening. If you take your career seriously and really want to learn or improve your character animation skills further, this DVD set could be a good investment. The UI is absolutely intuitive, allowing you to go directly to any chapter, any lesson or any video that you may want to dive into. Not wanting to go back into the industry, he decided to take his years of experience and lessons learned and develop a lecture, the first of which was held in Vancouver. When he had his own animation studio in London, Williams brought several of these animation masters over to work for him and to serve as artists-in-residence for him and his staff.
The quadruped section analyzes flexibility of structure in animal runs, using live-action references and providing sequential examples of a horse walk, trot and gallop.
The extra pages are helpful but not groundbreaking and I assume the release of the new book was likely initiated as a promotion for the DVD collection.
Knjiga ima jako malo texta i sve su hrpe i hrpe primjera izvijanja likova, tezista, ubrzavanja i sl.
It is similar to the book much of the time, but it contains lots more information and embellishments and Williams delightful personality. Of course, you may also go step by step, studying a chapter at a time, taking your time to practise each lesson thoroughly, just as recommended by Williams. Fortunately for me, I had just moved to Vancouver to develop a classical animation program at a local community college. Williams starts with the formula and then adapts the keys and timing to create personality and feeling. His simple but clear, appealing sketches and his attention to detail show many of the ways you can create unique personality and mood for specific characters. The energy that Williams gave to that first Masterclass was inspiring, not only for the amount of information it delivered but also how an instructor could energize a class.
He would sketch and pantomime his lessons, trying to provide us with as much knowledge as he could in the time he had.



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