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Layout and Composition for Animation

Book Description

This essential, hands-on guide is filled with examples of what a composition should look like and example of poorly designed layouts. Spot potential problems before they cost time and money, and adapt creative solutions for your own projects with this invaluable resource for beginner and intermediate artists.  With Beauty and the Beast examples and Simpson character layouts, readers will learn how to develop character layout and background layout as well as strengthen composition  styles with a creative toolset of trick shot examples and inspirational case studies. A companion website will include further technique based tools, finalized layout and composition examples and tutorials for further artistic skill development.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Contents
  7. Intro once upon a time
    1. Ghertner’s Gallery Fantasy Cave, Personal Collection of Ed Ghertner
  8. 1. Story Tools
    1. Scene Sequence
    2. Script Breakdown
    3. Workbook
    4. Thumbnails
    5. Research
    6. Ghertner’s Gallery Fantasy Cave, Personal Collection of Ed Ghertner
  9. 2. Perspectives
    1. Models
    2. Multiple Horizons & Vanishing Points
    3. Values & Vanishing Points
    4. Tricks
    5. Ghertner’s Gallery Washington D.C. Street, Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”
  10. 3. Composition
    1. Composing
    2. Path of Action
    3. Ghertner’s Gallery Belle’s House Design Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
  11. 4. Camera
    1. Fields
      1. Grids and Guides
    2. All the Right Movies
      1. Camera Movement Arrows
      2. Vertical Pan
      3. Horizontal Pan
      4. Crossing the Line
      5. Moving with the Camera
      6. Match Cuts
      7. Bi-Pack for Animation
      8. Straight and Bezier Movements
      9. Slow-in / Slow-out
      10. Repeat / Peg-Over
      11. Multi-Level/Multi-Plane: The Parallax Effect
      12. Overlays and Underlays
      13. Compositing
      14. Simulated Multi-plane (Compound)
      15. Held Cells
      16. Backgrounds
      17. Ghertner’s Gallery Interior (Pencil & Color Renderings), Disney’s “The Black Cauldron”
  12. 5. Lighting Effects
    1. Effects
    2. Shadows
    3. Gradients
    4. Reflections
    5. Ghertner’s Gallery Smithsonion Institution, Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”
  13. 6. Workflow
    1. Development
    2. Pre-Production
    3. Production
    4. Post-Production
    5. Marketing/Distribution/Consumer Products
    6. Ghertner’s Gallery Exterior 100 Acre Woods Disney’s “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”
    7. Ghertner’s Gallery Tigger’s House Disney’s “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”
  14. Index