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.

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