In his introduction to his book Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard (co-authored with Gary Goldman), master animator Bluth recalls being just four. Don Bluth’s Art of Storyboard has 46 ratings and 2 reviews. Elena said: It is an hybrid between an introduction to storyboard with tricks and a nice coll. Loaded with Bluth’s gorgeous artwork and lively, inspirational commentary, The Art of Animation Drawing is a must for animators of any level and a delight for.

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In his introduction to his book Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard co-authored with Gary Goldmanmaster animator Bluth recalls being just four years old when he first saw the animated Disney classic, Snow White.

Walt Disney gave us all an inspiring gift! How can we not give something back, or at least pass on what we have learned? Todays filmgoers, four-year-olds and beyond, are being exposed to an entirely new world of animation Finding NemoThe IncrediblesThe Polar Express all computer animated.

As the animation industry becomes increasingly dominated by CGI, is a reference text like Don Bluths The Art of Storyboardwith its focus on the classical approach, still useful? Animators of all stripes are going to find something of merit in this basic, hands-on discussion of the creative approach to storyboard, pre-production, production, timing, mechanics, blocking, focal point, choreography, colorkeys and storyboarding for videogames.

Throughout the book, Bluth and Goldman document the creative process and back up the commentary with strong visuals from Bluths extensive body of animation work. We thought carefully about this and felt that books on storyboarding, animation principles, layout and one on character design would apply to both traditional and computer generated animation, co-author Gary Goldman tells AWN.


Goldman has partnered with animator with Don Bluth as animator, producer and director of all of Bluths films.

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Both require the pre-production process, which includes hand-drawn storyboarding, layout or set design and character design, Goldman says. The animation principles applied to traditional animation apply to CG as well. Besides, we felt we better start writing things down, lest they be forgotten. In this book, behind-the-scenes insights into how such works doon The Secret of N.

Here the images and war stories serve as examples to explain the greater message. That greater message is: Everything begins with a good story.

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The process of visualizing that script in a series of drawings much like a comicbook that convey drama, lighting, staging, stogyboard, humor, clarity and continuity is called storyboardingBluth writes. Animation professionals agree that even computer-animated features and featurettes need a good story. As Bluth further notes, A good story can be poorly animated and it will still play for the audience. A bad story can be superbly animated and it will never play.

nluth In fact, it could clear the room! Sometimes the best way to understand a concept is to see how it has been applied. Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard not only reproduces actual storyboards, it recreates events like the story meeting from The Secret of N. Much like a movie DVD with commentary by the director and actors about how the film was made, Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard has a show-and-tell presentation that makes the book easy to pick up and dip into.

For example, in addition to seeing the colorkeys for The Land Before Timethe reader is treated to the story att how Steven Spielberg and George Lucas recommended that 19 fully animated and many colored T-Rex scenes be cut from the storybozrd because they were too scary.


I mourned for a week, Bluth writes.

Were Steven and George right to do it? In hindsight, I think yes. The volume also takes an instructive approach to such topics as timing and placing the camera on storyboard.

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In live-action film, the steadycam can go anywhere, because the change of camera position is observed on screen. No one gets confused about geography. The computer CGI can effectively imitate the steadycam, but you will have to design the moves on your boards.

Don Bluths The Art of Storyboard sets down in writing practical animation storyboard and storytelling strategies, delivered with sstoryboard, enthusiasm and some great insider stories by animation professionals. Because of its how-to approach, the book is great for students.

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Dark Horse sent out flyers to over schools that offer film and animation courses. Well have to wait and qrt if the book finds a home in the schools as a mini-text.

The book was released in comicbook stores and on Amazon. Janet Hetherington is a writer and cartoonist with a degree in Journalism from Carleton University.

She shares a studio in Ottawa, Canada with artist Ronn Sutton. View the discussion thread. Skip to main content. The Art of Storyboarding. Hayao Miyazaki — The Interview. Chris Wtoryboard Talks ‘Subconscious Password’.