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Anyone know some Animation FX resources/thesis?

Post by JollyMark » 06 Dec 2020, 01:21

Hi!

I'm working on my Master thesis for the Drawing course I'm taking right now and I thought it might be a good idea to ask here if anyone knows about theses or books/resources that specifically focus on animation FX? I haven't turned up with much so far and I'm currently studying how animation interprets natural elements in movement as it ties in with my own work and it seemed to be lacking academically.

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Post by Svengali » 06 Dec 2020, 03:56

Do a search on SIGGRAPH Annual papers and proceedings... Google and YouTube. You might find one or two topics of interest.

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Re: Anyone know some Animation FX resources/thesis?

Post by slowtiger » 06 Dec 2020, 11:29

Could you be more specific? Is it about

- FX industries/studios in a live action film context?
- FX animation as in non-character animation?
- FX as in physics simulation?
- 2D or 3D?
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Re: Anyone know some Animation FX resources/thesis?

Post by D.T. Nethery » 06 Dec 2020, 23:56

JollyMark wrote:
06 Dec 2020, 01:21
books/resources that specifically focus on animation FX

how animation interprets natural elements in movement
For hand drawn effects there are three books I would recommend.

1.) Essential Effects Water, Fire, Wind, and More by Mauro Maressa . Highly recommended. I've known Mauro for almost 30 years and worked with him on a number of productions. He's very knowledgeable about effects animation (and character animation, too. He trained under the Disney master animator Eric Larson in the late 1970's) You've seen his work : Mauro Maressa IMDB page .


2.) Elemental Magic, Volume I The Art of Special Effects Animation By Joseph Gilland

3.) Elemental Magic, Volume II The Technique of Special Effects Animation By Joseph Gilland

These two volumes by Joe Gilland are also excellent. Joseph Gilland IMDB page .

I'd say if you can only afford to purchase one book , get the one by Mauro Maressa. (which is not to make less of Joe's books, but I think Mauro's book is more comprehensive in a single volume. However , all three books are worth having).



Basic effects animation is also covered briefly in The Tezuka School of Animation Vol.1 by Osamu Tezuka (page 73 - 105)

https://issuu.com/iceburn91/docs/tezuka_animation_vol_1


and Timing For Animation by Harold Whitaker and John Halas (page 79 - 95)

https://issuu.com/pablomoura/docs/0240521609


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Post by D.T. Nethery » 07 Dec 2020, 17:09

Hand drawn effects tutorials (the person doing the tutorials works in Toonboom Harmony, but the principles apply to using TVPaint or any other drawing-based animation software program) --

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT1LHvz ... ZHWa-e30ed




Adam Phillips ("Chluaid" on YouTube) has some tutorials on animating hand drawn effects. He is also using Toonboom Harmony, but the techniques he is demonstrating would apply to TVPaint or any other drawing-based animation software like Rough Animator or Digicel Flipbook, OpenToonz, etc. Here are a couple of his effects tutorials -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryt2V8Shglc




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhBFtiYfMGk




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This reference blog , FlashFX , by Ron Douchet. Although the blog is titled "Flash FX" it's not only for people using Flash (Adobe Animate) software. Most of it applies to doing hand drawn effects in any other drawing-based software.

https://flashfx.blogspot.com/

https://flashfx.blogspot.com/2011/06/av ... guide.html

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FX Design Notes (mostly by Dorse Lanpher , effects animator at Don Bluth Animation and Disney Animation) . This is available as a PDF file you can download from Archive.org
https://archive.org/details/FX_Design_B ... 5/mode/2up


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Re: Anyone know some Animation FX resources/thesis?

Post by JollyMark » 08 Dec 2020, 20:02

slowtiger wrote:
06 Dec 2020, 11:29
Could you be more specific? Is it about

- FX industries/studios in a live action film context?
- FX animation as in non-character animation?
- FX as in physics simulation?
- 2D or 3D?
yes sorry, should have been more specific! It's directed mainly at 2D (hand-drawn) effects animation, that is anything non-character animated. (mostly focusing on elements like water, fire, smoke etc.)

D.T. Nethery has already provided a big chunk of things I was looking for. :D

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Re: Anyone know some Animation FX resources/thesis?

Post by JollyMark » 08 Dec 2020, 20:22

D.T. Nethery wrote:
07 Dec 2020, 17:09
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FX Design Notes (mostly by Dorse Lanpher , effects animator at Don Bluth Animation and Disney Animation) . This is available as a PDF file you can download from Archive.org
https://archive.org/details/FX_Design_B ... 5/mode/2up


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Thank you so so much! I was definitely looking for a lot of this! I had found the books by Mauro Maressa and Joseph Gilland and good to know/have that extra info, going to try and get my hands on them for sure. Everything else will help me a bunch as well.

Once again thanks for taking the time to send this my way. Hopefully in a few months I might be able to share the results of the project here in the forum :D

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