Best Books – Character Animation for Production

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Character Animation For Production subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Character Animation For Production along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Character Animation For Production subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Character Animation For Production" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Character Animation Crash Course!” by Eric Goldberg

“Character Animation Crash Course!” Book Review: This book is like a Genie’s lamp that includes all the concepts a beginner needs to learn animation. This book explains how to dream of characters and how to make their personality strong. This unique book analyses the classic animation techniques.

2. “They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age” by Didier Ghez and Pete Docter

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“They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age” Book Review: This book is written by “concept artists’ of Disney whose sole mission was to explore ideas and inspire their fellow animators. This book consists of projects like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. This book offers the most inspiring work created by the best Disney artists during the studio’s early golden age. This book introduces the biographical material about the artists and includes largely unpublished artwork from the Walt Disney Archives and the Disney Animation Research Library.

3. “Animation Development: From Pitch to Production” by David B Levy

“Animation Development: From Pitch to Production” Book Review: This book serves as a go-to guide for all those people who are curious about the cartoon production process, or for a professional who just wants to gain some extra information. This book consists of some valuable experiences on industry and process. This book helps the readers to find their creative side and create something personal and also universal. It also helps them to push projects through collaborations and partnerships and get legal representation and agents.

4. “The Art of Gears of War 3 (Art of the Game)” by Ballistic Publishing and Ronnie Gramazio

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“The Art of Gears of War 3 (Art of the Game)” Book Review: This book tells us about the behind the scenes of one of the Epic Games’ biggest releases. It covers the character, environment, monster, weapons, and vehicle concept art and production art in detail. This book covers about the unseen art because of which Gears of War 3 one of history’s most anticipated games.

5. “Animation: From Concept to Production” by Hannes Rall

“Animation: From Concept to Production” Book Review: This book includes the concept of how to create animation from detail. By understanding the process of animation production, talented animators can learn how to make better films. To understand the pre production process topics like script, storyboarding, character and production design are included in the book. This book explains how to apply the production process to different animation techniques 2D animation, 3D computer animation and stop motion. This book is the collection of practical advice, illustrations and case studies, useful for animators.

6. “Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive” by David Levy

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“Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive” Book Review: This book is useful for those people who are beginning to learn animation or looking for a job. This book is packed with useful information and vision. It contains information about how a beginner can enter into the animation industry, stay there and can get a growth. The resources section of the book consists of animation schools, film festivals, studios, Web sites, and publications so that it can come in handy for animators who want to start their career.

7. “Action!: Acting Lessons for CG Animators” by John Kundert–Gibbs and Kristin Kundert–Gibbs

“Action!: Acting Lessons for CG Animators” Book Review: This book is beneficial for animators so that they can have a solid understanding of acting principles. This understanding of principles helps the animators in creating a character with a strong personality. The emphasis is given on the character’s motions and movements. This book covers basic elements of acting for CG animation and then more advanced topics are included such as internal intent and motivation.

8. “Directing Animation” by David Levy

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“Directing Animation” Book Review: This book is for aspiring and experienced animators. With the help of this book they can understand the director’s creative role in managing the entire animation process. An animation director directs the people who animate and must be equally able to relate to the crew, producers, writers, creators, and clients. This book will help readers how to direct commercials, TV series, Web series etc. It also gives tips and tricks on how to maintain good relations with producers, creators, writers, and network executives.

9. “Animated Performance: Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human and Fantasy Characters to Life (Required Reading Range)” by Nancy Beiman

“Creating Animated Cartoons with Character: A Guide to Developing and Producing Your Own Series for TV, the Web, and Short” Book Review: This book shows how a character can ‘come to life’ when their action reflects emotions. The book provides many tips, examples and exercises from the experience of the animation industry. These tips help the readers to create a limitless number of characters and ensure that no characters are the same.

10. “Creating Animated Cartoons with Character: A Guide to Developing and Producing Your Own Series for TV, the Web, and Short” by Joe Murray

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“Creating Animated Cartoons with Character: A Guide to Developing and Producing Your Own Series for TV, the Web, and Short” Book Review: This a very useful and detailed guide for people who can learn how to create successful animated series for TV, short films or web. This book will tell you how to tap into your creative side and bring out the characters which can be commercially produced. This book is packed with behind the scene stories and advice from such highly successful contemporaries as Steve Hillenburg (SpongeBob Squarepants), Everett Peck (Duckman), and Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends). This book is a must have for an aspiring cartoonist or simply for a person who likes to draw.

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