Elemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects Animation by Joseph GillandElemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects Animation by Joseph Gilland

Elemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects Animation

byJoseph GillandEditorJoseph Gilland

Paperback | February 18, 2009

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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.

In his 32+ year animation career, he has worked with such studios as Walt Disney Feature Animation, Don Bluth Animation, Productions Pascal Blais and the National Film Board of Canada. At Walt Disney Feature Animation, he served as Supervisor of Visual Effects for the Disney features Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. At Disney he also se...
Title:Elemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects AnimationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 11 × 8.6 × 0.75 inPublished:February 18, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0240811631

ISBN - 13:9780240811635


Table of Contents

Introduction; A Brief History of Classical Hand-Drawn Special Effects; The Art of Drawing and Animating Special Effects; The Specific Categories; Liquids; Fire, Smoke, & Explosions; Magic, Transformations, and Spiritual Entities; Tricks of the Trade; The Future of Effects Animation

Editorial Reviews

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