Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Animation Book/DVDs by Goldberg and Williams

Cartoon Brew points to Eric Goldberg's new Character Animation Crash Course! and Richard Williams is releasing a DVD version of his The Animator's Survival Kit (which I hear is close to $1k, which is not exactly student friendly, but hey, 16 DVDs!!). But head over to the official site for a glimpse of it via a 10min clip, and/or click on the "Disks 1-16" tab and watch more clips.

The list of the clips:
  • Starting Right
  • Timing and Spacing
  • Working Methods
  • More Timing
  • More Spacing
  • Building Walks
  • Flexibility in a Walk
  • Sneaks, Runs and Animal Action
  • Flexibility
  • Overlapping Action and Weight (cracked me up!)
  • Takes
  • Vibrates
  • Accents
  • Dialogue 1
  • Dialogue 2
  • Giving the performance
  • Putting it all together

And btw. if you don't own the book, you should get it. :)


Anonymous said...

I saw some clips from the Williams DVD set at an ASIFA meeting about a month ago, and I'm going to side with everyone in the animation world and say Williams is a demi-God. His book is the first thing anyone who wants to animate should read, and I eagerly anticipate the release of these DVD's as well. Sublet your apartment if you must, you can't put a price on the ridiculous increase of skills you'll get.

Anonymous said...


Thats insane!!!!!!

Hes missing out on thousands of students who would willing buy the dvd's if they were at a reasonable price.Not even a mention of an educational discount.

Jean-Denis Haas said...

And that's pre-order price, after Nov. 17th the price goes up (about 20%). Got that here:

Great comments there though, saying that they should at least offer the option of being able to buy individual DVDs. $60-70 per DVD is still very high, but better than $1000.

But there are good arguments made in the comments section. For instance, schools and studios can afford that price tag, so it might be the only way of making money off the set, since students just rip whatever they want instead of paying for it. So the moment the set gets released, you'll find a copy somewhere.