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Title:
Producing independent 2D character animation : making and selling a short film
Author:
Simon, Mark, 1964-
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Publication Information:
Amsterdam ; Boston : Focal Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xx, 401 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
CD-ROM includes sample video and audio files, demo software, and PDF files.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780240805139

9780240805269
Format :
Book

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Summary

PRODUCING INDEPENDENT 2D CHARACTER ANIMATION takes an in-depth look at the artistry and production process of cel animation in a friendly, how-to manner that makes the sometimes tedious process of animation enjoyable and easy to understand. This book guides animators through every step of planning and production; includes examples of actual production forms, organization tips, screen shots, and sketches from the pre- to post-production processes; and contains detailed information on the hardware and software used to complete each step. By mapping out the course of how his small studio brainstormed, created, then produced its award-winning animation, TIMMY'S LESSONS IN NATURE, Mark Simon explains to animators what it takes-both creatively and resource-wise-to get their animations to market. Includes exclusive interviews with Oscar-nominated independent animator Bill Plimpton, Craig McCracken, creator of the POWER PUFF GIRLS, Craig "Spike" Decker of SPIKE & MIKE'S SICK AND TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION, David Fine & Alison Snowden who are the Academy Award-Winning producers of BOB AND MARGARET, Cartoon Network's Senior Vice President of Original Animation, Linda Simensky, and Tom Sito, Co-Director of OSMOSIS JONES...as well as others.


Author Notes

Mark Simon founded and owns A&S Animation, Inc., an award-winning cel animation house in Florida, and Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., His animation and storyboarding articles have appeared in a variety of industry magazines


Table of Contents

Linda Simensky
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Section A Before We Get Startedp. 1
Chapter 1 Frame Ratep. 3
Chapter 2 Time versus Footagep. 5
Chapter 3 DPI versus Pixelsp. 9
Chapter 4 Scenesp. 14
Chapter 5 File Organizationp. 16
Chapter 6 Tricks of the Tradep. 20
Chapter 7 Supplies, Hardware, and Softwarep. 37
Chapter 8 Production Crewp. 43
Section B Pre-Productionp. 47
Chapter 9 The In-House Pitchp. 49
Chapter 10 Character Designp. 53
Chapter 11 Story and Storyboardsp. 62
Chapter 12 Budgetp. 76
Chapter 13 Crewing Upp. 91
Chapter 14 Revised Storyboardsp. 96
Chapter 15 Layoutsp. 99
Section C Productionp. 105
Chapter 16 Directing Dialoguep. 107
Chapter 17 Audio Recording and Editingp. 110
Chapter 18 Animaticsp. 119
Chapter 19 Animation Breakdowns, Slugging, or Timingp. 122
Chapter 20 Audio Breakdownsp. 126
Chapter 21 Assigning Production Workp. 134
Chapter 22 Key Animationp. 139
Chapter 23 Rotoscopingp. 145
Chapter 24 Effects Animationp. 152
Chapter 25 Pencil Testsp. 154
Chapter 26 Enhanced Animaticsp. 158
Chapter 27 Backgroundsp. 160
Chapter 28 Inbetweensp. 167
Chapter 29 Clean-Upsp. 170
Chapter 30 Scanningp. 174
Chapter 31 Digital Ink and Paintp. 183
Chapter 32 Composite and Export of Individual Layersp. 196
Chapter 33 Camera Moves and Special Effectsp. 200
Chapter 34 Final Image Compositep. 209
Section D Post-Productionp. 217
Chapter 35 Title Cardsp. 219
Chapter 36 Creditsp. 223
Chapter 37 Editingp. 226
Chapter 38 Music and Sound Designp. 230
Chapter 39 Final Composite with Audio and Output to Tape or Filmp. 236
Section E What Next?p. 241
Chapter 40 Copyrightp. 243
Chapter 41 Festivalsp. 245
Chapter 42 Onlinep. 250
Chapter 43 Pitching to a Studio, Network, or Distributorp. 254
Chapter 44 Portfolio Piecep. 262
Section F Interviewsp. 267
Chapter 45 Craig McCracken, Creator of The Powerpuff Girlsp. 269
Chapter 46 Bill Plympton, Academy Award-Nominated Independent Animatorp. 280
Chapter 47 Craig "Spike" Decker of Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animationp. 288
Chapter 48 Linda Simensky, Senior Vice President of Original Animation at Cartoon Networkp. 300
Chapter 49 Rachelle Lewis, Director of Recruitment for Klasky Csupop. 312
Chapter 50 Tom Sito, Co-Director of Osmosis Jonesp. 327
Chapter 51 David Fine and Alison Snowden, Academy Award Winning Producers of Bob and Margaretp. 338
Section G Appendixesp. 355
Appendix 1 Formsp. 357
Appendix 2 Digital to Film Transfer Facilities and Film Recording Service Bureausp. 359
Appendix 3 Suppliesp. 362
Appendix 4 Softwarep. 365
Appendix 5 Booksp. 380
Appendix 6 Periodicalsp. 387
Appendix 7 Animation Schoolsp. 390
Appendix 8 CD Contentsp. 393
Appendix 9 Patronage and Creditsp. 396
Indexp. 399