by Andrew Selby
In a nutshell
This book gives a thorough overview of animation, and everything that goes into it. It starts with the history of the artform, continues through the different stages of animation production, and finishes with advice on getting started in the industry
“…animation proves that it is a medium that has the ability to entertain, inform, educate and inspire.”
“Be committed, enthusiastic and capable, accept others’ ideas and offer some of your own in the spirit of professional teamwork and an ethos of collective ambition.”
“Animation needs new pioneers: those who can bring their talents, questions and answers to the field, examining, challenging and redefining the boundaries of the medium and thereby encouraging a whole new audience to become enthralled by the wonders of the form.”
When I read the description of this book as being “for students”, I wrongly assumed that the information contained within would probably be mostly stuff I would already know – a general overview of animation aimed at people who didn’t know a great deal about it. As soon as I looked at the detailed contents page however (see below), I realised that it covered a lot more than I was expecting. Once I began reading, I realised that the content was actually quite detailed, and contained a lot of information that was new to me, or that I only had a very vague idea about.