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Elemental Magic: The Classical Art of Special Effects Animation [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Joseph Gilland
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6. März 2009
Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. 'Elemental Magic' is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects and how to apply these skills to your digital projects.

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  • Taschenbuch: 328 Seiten
  • Verlag: Focal Pr; Auflage: New. (6. März 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0240811631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811635
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22 x 27 x 2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 106.197 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Now, finally classical effects animation gets its day in the sun with Joseph Gilland's fascinating new book. It's a revelation of the amazing blend of the art and craft behind the magic of this wonderful art form. -Don Hahn, Academy Award-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King Veteran Disney animator Joe Gilland's informative book delivers, for the first time, the real nitty-gritty on the art of hand-drawn special effects. The mysteries of hos to believably animate abstract forms representing rain, fire, smoke, etc. are revealed in articulate prose, revelatory graphs, and elegantly beautiful sequential imagery. A must-have guide for animation pros, teachers, and students! -John Canemaker, Academy Award-winning animator, internationally-renowned animation historian, and teacher

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Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. "Elemental Magic" is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects and how to apply these skills to your digital projects. It helps to: create stunning animated effects such as sparkling pixie dust, roaring tidal waves, and raging fires; and, apply the theory behind effects animation to your traditional and digital animation projects. It is written by animated effects guru, Joseph Gilland, who has worked on such feature films as "Lilo & Stitch", "Brother Bear", "Pochahontas", "Tarzan", and "Mulan".

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very useful resource for animators 19. Juli 2009
Von Parka TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Joseph Gilland is an animator with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with Disney and other studios on movies like Lilo and Stitch, Mulan among many other titles.

When he wrote this book, there wasn't any book dedicated to classical hand drawn special effects animation. It's great to be able to highlight the work done by special effects artists, who are usually the unsung heroes of animation ' if their work is good, nobody notices!

This book focuses more on dealing with liquids, fire, smoke, explosions and (other-worldly) magic. The chapters are broken down into the order of covering design concepts, discussing scale and perspective, then moving to breakdown the energy, action path and timing.

Joseph Gilland presents his topic with examples on his own, complete with tips and common mistakes to avoid. You'll learn stuff like how animators can remove details and yet keep things realistic. For example, when dealing with liquids, he would talk about the different factors that affect animation, like water density, force, gravity, viscosity, after splash, etc. The various examples include the simple water droplet to creating waves on which surfers surf on.

There's also a chapter on props. These are stuff like breaking branches, falling leaves, moving fabric, crumbling clay, etc. Animating special effects is essentially animating energy. Throughout the book, there are a lot of detailed explanation on how different elements and objects interact with one another.

While the book is on classic hand drawn animation, there are also some non-technical writeup on how you can use computers to aid in creating these effects.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must for every animator! 19. Juni 2010
Format:Taschenbuch
I keep my review on this book very short because there is nothing to complain about. Beautifull pictures and good illustrations, not too scientific but easy to understand.
It is for animators of all skill levels. Although I do character animation, this book makes me feel like also doing special effects animation.
Thank you for this great book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Das Bibel fuer Effects-Animation. 28. Februar 2010
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
wer Joseph Gilland in Person erleben duerfte, weiss sein Leidenschaft fuer Effects Animation zu schaetzen, samt die lange Jahren an Erfahrung die er mitbringt. Dabei ist es egal ob er traditionell zeichnet oder am Computer sich mit Simulationen beschaeftigt. Es geht um ein unterliegende Bewusstsein fuer die Kraefte, die sich in ein Splash, ein Welle, ein Flame oder Explosion beobachten lassen. Und dann noch - wie geht man von ein leere Stuck Papier zu eine gelungen Effect? Gilland summiert die Grundlagen der Prozesse in anschauliche Manier. Diese Buch ersetzt zwar den persoenliche Begegnung mit den Lehrmeister nicht, bringt aber dass Wissen gezielt auf den Punkt. Auf jeden Fall empfehlungswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally! 19. März 2009
Von Grant Beaudette - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been hoping for years that someone would write a comprehensive book on 2D effects animation. Something more than the little "how to draw and flapping flag" or "how to make a fire cycle" bits that get tacked on in other animation books.

Disney veteran Joseph Gilland has finally given us that first book dedicated to 2D effects animation. He's broken down effects into four broad categories (water/liquids, fire/smoke, props/solid objects and magical effects) and laid out the principles needed to bring them to life on paper.

Since every real-world splash and flame is unique, Elemental Magic isn't so much of a "how to draw" type book as it is a "how to approach" book. Gilland breaks down the basic behaviors of different types of matter and the working methods needed for an animator to capture the dynamic essence of an effect without being tied to a hyper-real style or getting bogged down in an unmanageable level of detail.

And this book doesn't solely apply to hand-drawn effects. Each section on a type of matter includes several pages on how to apply these classical animation principles to digital effects work. How to get the most out the computer's ability to do the heavy lifting on effects.

Hopefully this isn't the last book ever published on 2D effects animation. Gilland himself mentions that he's only scratching the surface with this book and that water, smoke or any other element could warrant a full volume treatment.

I hope someone takes him up on that offer, and with Elemental Magic we now have a solid foundation to build on.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What Belies This Cover? Elemental Magic--A Critical Review 30. Juli 2009
Von Andre Lawrence - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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*Aesthetic criticism
*What's inside, Thematic material reviewed
*Secrets of capturing Disney-esque animation revealed
*Who's this book for?

If the old adage, "Never judge a book by its cover," holds true, then Elemental Magic certainly reinforces this notion. If there's any concern, it's that the wonders of this book may be passed up because of this nondescript cover layout. I also feel the author could have come up with a more intriguing sub-title.

When I first opened this soft cover, rectangular book, and I thought "OMG!" Inside, this book looks like an illustrator's private sketch book. Hundreds of beautifully hand-drawn, colored sketches: some segregated from the text, others used as a background (watermarked) with the text overlaid.

Next to each illustration is a brief, but thorough explanation of the process. And, the key to understanding this message is summed up in one word: energy.

Joseph Gilland, the author, is a 30-year animator and has worked on some of the biggest animation features over the past 20+ years including Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Tarzan, Pocohantas and a few others. Some of the sketches that became film cells are reproduced with his notes below the art!

The book is outline with two (2) brief chapters before he introduces the philosophy of animation: The Preface and The History of Classical Animation. The remainder of the book gives step by step analysis not of how to sketch a flame or construct an iceberg, for instance, but of the techniques of how to get in touch with what he refers to as the "energy of the elements." How does one capture the essence of a burning flame? Shattered glass? A wisp of smoke or the pixie dust floating through gust of wind? There is a way to see it, Gilland explains, and it is connecting to the unique movement ("energy") of that natural (i.e., fire, water, rocks, lava, smoke, flame, glass, frost, liquids, etc.) element.

I've been a fine artist and an illustrator for more than 30 years and more recently a graphic artist. Over the years, I've collected many books by celebrated artist, but this is the first by a Western artist that stresses the spiritual dimension of the subject in order to identify with its characteristics. His words and explanations are quite refreshing. I found myself thinking, "How come I hadn't figure that out!"

Okay... who's this book for?

All fine artists.
Any digital artist who may be interested in motion capture or Flash-based software.
A children's book author.
Those who love to collect coffee-table books.
Those who love the art of classic Disney animation.

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I LOVE THIS BOOK! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Again, if I may offer one slight bit of constructive criticism and that is: Change the cover design! It would be a shame if people, particularly, fine- and digital artists walked by this book without knowing the priceless text inside.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of a kind 7. Mai 2009
Von K. Noda - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Joseph Gilland has done a great service by creating this book, which intricately details both the thought process and raw mechanics behind traditional, hand-drawn effects animation - a discipline that rarely takes center stage in a character-oriented animation industry. I've been looking for a resource like this for years, and there really hasn't been anything like it before this book. I can whole-heartedly recommend it for any animator with an interest in broadening their understanding of effects, the drawings contained within are worth the price alone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very useful resource for animators 19. Juli 2009
Von Parka - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Joseph Gilland is an animator with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with Disney and other studios on movies like Lilo and Stitch, Mulan among many other titles.

When he wrote this book, there wasn't any book dedicated to classical hand drawn special effects animation. It's great to be able to highlight the work done by special effects artists, who are usually the unsung heroes of animation -- if their work is good, nobody notices!

This book focuses more on dealing with liquids, fire, smoke, explosions and (other-worldly) magic. The chapters are broken down into the order of covering design concepts, discussing scale and perspective, then moving to breakdown the energy, action path and timing.

Joseph Gilland presents his topic with examples on his own, complete with tips and common mistakes to avoid. You'll learn stuff like how animators can remove details and yet keep things realistic. For example, when dealing with liquids, he would talk about the different factors that affect animation, like water density, force, gravity, viscosity, after splash, etc. The various examples include the simple water droplet to creating waves on which surfers surf on.

There's also a chapter on props. These are stuff like breaking branches, falling leaves, moving fabric, crumbling clay, etc. Animating special effects is essentially animating energy. Throughout the book, there are a lot of detailed explanation on how different elements and objects interact with one another.

While the book is on classic hand drawn animation, there are also some non-technical writeup on how you can use computers to aid in creating these effects.

Elemental Magic is a tremendously helpful resource that aims to help animators think through their approach before execution, to save time and effort without sacrificing quality. Even if there are other special effects books out there, this one definitely stands on its own.

Animators should find this book very useful.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A MUCH needed book 6. Juli 2010
Von Allison Westbrook - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A book of this type is WAAAAYYY overdue. With the release of Richard Williams 'The Animator's Survival Kit', Walt Stanchfield's 'Drawn to Life', and a few other fantastic books released in the last 5-10 years animators, both pro and amateur, are now swimming in information that used to be arcane and difficult to get ones hands on. A lot of this information was usually only gained by actually working in an animation house or by meticulous frame by frame analysis of film or video. I've been waiting for an effects book to come along for a very long time and this is...almost perfect. I say almost because the author spends the first 50 pages of this book waxing eloquently and metaphysically about stuff which is better heard spoken by an actual sagely mentor, in the flesh, than taking up precious space in a book that you want to go back to often for reference. I'm not knocking what the author has to say but this tome doesn't really get rolling until 50 pages or so in, because of it. The last four chapters are the nuts and bolts stuff, the first few is mostly writing with a few photo anecdotes thrown in to illustrate a concept. There are few boneheaded layout issues of putting text over busy backgrounds, of which some are drawings by the author! I wish this book was more...technical and less a passionate didactic on how unappreciated (definitely true!) effects animators are by the lay public. The first half of this book feels like the effects animator finally getting to exhale...after inhaling a big bowl of pot. All in all, this is still an indispensable book and I'm hoping that future reprints will help strengthen it to be the go to guide it so deserves to be. A very worthy addition to the library.
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