Animation: The Mechanics of Motion
Focal Press – 2005 – 256 pages
Learn the key skills you need with this practical and inspirational guide to all the fundamental principles of animation. With extended pieces on timing, acting and technical aspects, Chris Webster has created the vital learning tool to help you get the most out of your animation and develop the practical skills needed by both professionals and serious students alike.
The free CD-ROM includes more than 30 animations illustrating the techniques described throughout the book as well as examples of a professional Production Schedule, Budget and Production Chart - everything you need to get started!
With a Foreword by Peter Lord, Creative Director and Co-Owner of Aardman Animations and an Introduction by Mike Milne, Director of the award-winning animation house Computer Animation, Framestore CFC.
"Covering everything from familiar walk cycle techniques to character design, animal motion to sound synchronisation, each section is succinct and easy to follow…A well-researched guide that should be of use to animators of all skills and abilities." - 3D World
"The book is written in a very easy and understandable way and never gets too technical." - Animatoon
"He makes a complicated subject understandable and he makes it sound fun to do. Webster's book will give you an understanding of how the various parts of animation are done and the book is put together in a way that smoothly leads you from simple to complex."
- Libby Reed, review from Animation World Magazine
"In a section that is extremely useful and all too rare, the book gives you a list of the things you will need before you begin." - Libby Reed, review from Aninmation World Magazine
"Animation: the Mechanic of Motion is an impressive textbook that should be a big help to animation students." - Libby Reed, review from Aninmation World Magazine
"Animation: the Mechanics of Motion is a long-awaited comprehensive introduction to the key skills every animator needs…" - Animated News, Oct. 2, 2006
Basic principles; Figurative Animation; Acting; Design; Sound Synchronization; Animals in motion; Technical glossary. Index.
Chris Webster is an animator who has worked for twenty years in the industry and has extensive experience as an educator teaching across a broad range of levels from schools, higher education and professional training programmes and within the studio environment. He is currently Head of Animation at the Bristol School of Animation and the University of the West of England.