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    List of animation tutorials and references

    I thought I should put a post together that has links to all the great animation resources out there in the published media. This list is just my personal link collection at work, so if you know of more great animation sites, feel free to add to the list.

    Animation Tips and Tutorials
    Links to tutorials and articles on animation.

    http://www.evl.uic.edu/ralph/508S99/contents.html - The Principles of Animation. If you are new to animation, start here.

    http://www.siggraph.org/education/ma..._trad_anim.htm - principles again, but this time from John Lasseter.

    Website of Carlos Baena, Pixar animator and one of the founders of Animation mentor.
    http://www.carlosbaena.com/anim_material.html
    http://www.carlosbaena.com/resource/resource_tips.html

    http://www.shaunfreeman.com/animating_tips/- List of great tutorials, tips and articles.

    http://www.keithlango.com/wordpress/?page_id=226 – more tutorials

    http://asifa.net/israel/animationacting-e.html - article on acting and animation

    ILM Animation Lecture Notes - http://www.jeremycollins.net/lecture.doc

    Animation Blogs
    Most of these blogs are chock full of great character animation tips and references. A lot have tutorials packed into them as well.

    http://pixaranimation.blogspot.com/
    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/
    http://www.splinedoctors.blogspot.com/
    http://www.animationmeat.com/
    http://www.navone.org/blogger/ - Pixar animator and Animation mentor lecturer
    http://www.synchrolux.com/
    http://www.keithlango.com/wordpress/?cat=4
    http://www.shaunfreeman.com/blogger/index.html

    Book Recommendations
    The two books below are the first books I bought, and I have them sitting here next to me on my desk at work. Animators Survival Kit is a necessity for any animator. Illusion of Life is a heavy read, but there is so many great tips and so much history in there, it’s a must read.

    "Animators Survival Kit" - Richard Williams
    “Illusion of Life" - Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston

    Other books I own and recommend:

    “Acting for Animators”– Ed Hooks
    "Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right" - Jason Osipa

    Now there are a bunch of great books that I haven’t read, but which come highly recommended. I was going to link them all here, but they are all taken from the links above. http://www.carlosbaena.com/resource/resource_books.html is a good start if you are looking for more reading material on animation.

    Finally, here is a link to Jim Jagger’s website. He has a collection of links to all the animators that inspire him the most, and I couldn’t make a better list if I tried. If you’re looking for inspiration, your first stop should be here -http://www.jimjagger.com/Pages/Docum...inks_Muses.htm

    Hope this helps out everyone looking to get into animation, or push their animating ability. I know I’m no pro, and I use these references daily to keep pushing my work to the best of my ability.


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    Richard Williams is releasing a boxset of dvds that is pretty much the Survival Kit but animated! But Ive heard they cost a limb.

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    Yeah the box set has 16 dvds and costs about $1000

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    Additional Books for different perspecitves of the same principles:

    Character Animation Crash Course! - Eric Goldberg
    Cartoon Animation - Preston Blair
    The Animator's Workbook - Tony White
    Animation from Pencils to Pixels - Tony White

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    I've got a couple links that people might find useful:

    AWN

    Vancouver Animation

    These are both great general starting points for all kinds of resources

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    keyframer.com

    Hi there, and I have a Link for http://www.keyframer.com/,
    this is a very special Forum for People the Animate with Flash or Toonboom,....


    It´s my Virtual Home, I am always posting and reading,.......would love
    to see some new Keyframers from here,.......!

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    Don't forget Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair, it's got some fantastic animation tips in it, and probably the best section on walk cycles I've ever seen.

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    You should also add AWN.com to the list. It isn't a blog, but the most prominent website in the industry set up for animators/ filmmakers and it is a very very very good website for reference for pretty much anything animation related. It also has great connections to festivals and upcoming/ongoing events.

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    theanimationpodcast.com

    Disney animator and supervising director for Rhino from Bolt interviews other big name artists both old and new. Lots of useful information and advice straight from the horse's mouth.

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    I recommend the book 'Cracking Animation' by Peter Lord (co-founder of Aardman Animations) & Brian Sibley. It's a really decent break down of the history of animation, and the Aardman process from the writing stage right down to post-production.
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    Jup those richard william DVDs are great by the way although they are really expensive... you learn a lot from them. I borrowed them form a friend of mine (who has a lot of money)... but I guess it has the same information as the book only with a little bit more advice and some great examples.

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    Just wanted to add this tut in here, seriously awesome free plugin and tutorial for after effects for inverse kinematics!


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    And I'd like to add my site to this list:

    www.animationsamurai.com

    2-d animation tutorials that teach industry standards and techniques.
    -start a revolution.

    AnimationSamurai.com

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    Cool stuff to know

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