The Animator’s Survival Kit, Revised Edition. By Richard Williams (Faber & Faber, $35).
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Based on master classes that draw from the Oscar-winning director’s ( Who Framed Roger Rabbit) four decades of experience, this volume holds treasures of information for all animators, from the absolute beginner to the most accomplished. Hundreds of drawings are provided to shed light on the entire animation process. Packed with time-tested survival tips—related with the author’s clear storytelling savoir faire—the Revised Edition is updated with primers on the challenges of CG animation, stop-motion and web toons. You can also pick up the handy DVD set based on the book, and learn along with Williams’ animation master class footage. The Survival Kit is also available as a very useful app which features all the text and animated examples from the DVD box set, scrubbable frame-by-frame, onionskinning functionality on selected animated examples and previously unreleased animation by Williams.