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In his introduction to his book Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard co-authored with Gary Goldman , master animator Bluth recalls being just four years old when he first saw the animated Disney classic, Snow White. Walt Disney gave us all an inspiring gift! Bluth writes. How can we not give something back, or at least pass on what we have learned? Todays filmgoers, four-year-olds and beyond, are being exposed to an entirely new world of animation Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, The Polar Express all computer animated.
As the animation industry becomes increasingly dominated by CGI, is a reference text like Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard, with its focus on the classical approach, still useful? In a word: Yes. Animators of all stripes are going to find something of merit in this basic, hands-on discussion of the creative approach to storyboard, pre-production, production, timing, mechanics, blocking, focal point, choreography, colorkeys and storyboarding for videogames. Throughout the book, Bluth and Goldman document the creative process and back up the commentary with strong visuals from Bluths extensive body of animation work.
We thought carefully about this and felt that books on storyboarding, animation principles, layout and one on character design would apply to both traditional and computer generated animation, co-author Gary Goldman tells AWN. Goldman has partnered with animator with Don Bluth as animator, producer and director of all of Bluths films. Both require the pre-production process, which includes hand-drawn storyboarding, layout or set design and character design, Goldman says.
The animation principles applied to traditional animation apply to CG as well. Besides, we felt we better start writing things down, lest they be forgotten.
In this book, behind-the-scenes insights into how such works as The Secret of N. Here the images and war stories serve as examples to explain the greater message. That greater message is: Everything begins with a good story. The process of visualizing that script in a series of drawings much like a comicbook that convey drama, lighting, staging, emotion, humor, clarity and continuity is called storyboarding, Bluth writes.
Animation professionals agree that even computer-animated features and featurettes need a good story. As Bluth further notes, A good story can be poorly animated and it will still play for the audience. A bad story can be superbly animated and it will never play. In fact, it could clear the room! Sometimes the best way to understand a concept is to see how it has been applied.
Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard not only reproduces actual storyboards, it recreates events like the story meeting from The Secret of N. Much like a movie DVD with commentary by the director and actors about how the film was made, Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard has a show-and-tell presentation that makes the book easy to pick up and dip into. Don Bluth. For example, in addition to seeing the colorkeys for The Land Before Time, the reader is treated to the story about how Steven Spielberg and George Lucas recommended that 19 fully animated and many colored T-Rex scenes be cut from the film because they were too scary.
I mourned for a week, Bluth writes. Were Steven and George right to do it? In hindsight, I think yes. The volume also takes an instructive approach to such topics as timing and placing the camera on storyboard. In live-action film, the steadycam can go anywhere, because the change of camera position is observed on screen.
No one gets confused about geography. The computer CGI can effectively imitate the steadycam, but you will have to design the moves on your boards. Page Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard sets down in writing practical animation storyboard and storytelling strategies, delivered with authority, enthusiasm and some great insider stories by animation professionals. Because of its how-to approach, the book is great for students.
Dark Horse sent out flyers to over schools that offer film and animation courses. Well have to wait and see if the book finds a home in the schools as a mini-text. The book was released in comicbook stores and on Amazon. Janet Hetherington is a writer and cartoonist with a degree in Journalism from Carleton University. She shares a studio in Ottawa, Canada with artist Ronn Sutton.
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Pages: pages Hello everyone! I know I said there would be no more book reviews for a while, but as always, things have had to be rearranged and well, here we are. The book opens with the usual introduction and acknowledgments, along with an image index provided at the back. The other chapters are all laid out in the same style, divided by different coloured headings and using a blend of mostly black-and-white storyboard art combined with neatly organised text, in which Bluth discusses each aspect of a production in detail while making reference to some of his own films as examples.
'Don Bluth’s The Art of Storyboard' Review
Dam The book was released in comicbook stores and on Amazon. Each panel had such life storyboarc such a strong sense of design. Great reading if you need fast help, although I would blufh recommend it as a main textbook to learn storyboarding. Skip to main content. Toby rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Paperbackpages.