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Now, finally classical effects animation gets its day in the sun with Joseph Gilland's fascinating new book. It's a revelation of the amazing blend of the art and craft behind the magic of this wonderful art form. -Don Hahn, Academy Award-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King Veteran Disney animator Joe Gilland's informative book delivers, for the first time, the real nitty-gritty on the art of hand-drawn special effects. The mysteries of hos to believably animate abstract forms representing rain, fire, smoke, etc. are revealed in articulate prose, revelatory graphs, and elegantly beautiful sequential imagery. A must-have guide for animation pros, teachers, and students! -John Canemaker, Academy Award-winning animator, internationally-renowned animation historian, and teacher 

Présentation de l'éditeur

Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. 'Elemental Magic' is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects and how to apply these skills to your digital projects.



* Create stunning animated effects such as sparkling pixie dust, roaring tidal waves, and raging fires
* Apply the theory behind effects animation to your traditional and digital animation projects
* Written by animated effects guru, Joseph Gilland, who has worked on such feature films as Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Pochahontas, Tarzan, and Mulan.



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  • Broché: 328 pages
  • Editeur : Focal Press (19 février 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0240811631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811635
  • Dimensions du produit: 21,6 x 26,9 x 2,3 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Thierry Cuvelier le 21 septembre 2009
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Ce livre vient en complément d'autres. Indispensable. Mais il aurait pu être encore plus pédagogique.
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Finally! 19 mars 2009
Par Grant Beaudette - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been hoping for years that someone would write a comprehensive book on 2D effects animation. Something more than the little "how to draw and flapping flag" or "how to make a fire cycle" bits that get tacked on in other animation books.

Disney veteran Joseph Gilland has finally given us that first book dedicated to 2D effects animation. He's broken down effects into four broad categories (water/liquids, fire/smoke, props/solid objects and magical effects) and laid out the principles needed to bring them to life on paper.

Since every real-world splash and flame is unique, Elemental Magic isn't so much of a "how to draw" type book as it is a "how to approach" book. Gilland breaks down the basic behaviors of different types of matter and the working methods needed for an animator to capture the dynamic essence of an effect without being tied to a hyper-real style or getting bogged down in an unmanageable level of detail.

And this book doesn't solely apply to hand-drawn effects. Each section on a type of matter includes several pages on how to apply these classical animation principles to digital effects work. How to get the most out the computer's ability to do the heavy lifting on effects.

Hopefully this isn't the last book ever published on 2D effects animation. Gilland himself mentions that he's only scratching the surface with this book and that water, smoke or any other element could warrant a full volume treatment.

I hope someone takes him up on that offer, and with Elemental Magic we now have a solid foundation to build on.
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What Belies This Cover? Elemental Magic--A Critical Review 30 juillet 2009
Par Andre Lawrence - Publié sur Amazon.com
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*Aesthetic criticism
*What's inside, Thematic material reviewed
*Secrets of capturing Disney-esque animation revealed
*Who's this book for?

If the old adage, "Never judge a book by its cover," holds true, then Elemental Magic certainly reinforces this notion. If there's any concern, it's that the wonders of this book may be passed up because of this nondescript cover layout. I also feel the author could have come up with a more intriguing sub-title.

When I first opened this soft cover, rectangular book, and I thought "OMG!" Inside, this book looks like an illustrator's private sketch book. Hundreds of beautifully hand-drawn, colored sketches: some segregated from the text, others used as a background (watermarked) with the text overlaid.

Next to each illustration is a brief, but thorough explanation of the process. And, the key to understanding this message is summed up in one word: energy.

Joseph Gilland, the author, is a 30-year animator and has worked on some of the biggest animation features over the past 20+ years including Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Tarzan, Pocohantas and a few others. Some of the sketches that became film cells are reproduced with his notes below the art!

The book is outline with two (2) brief chapters before he introduces the philosophy of animation: The Preface and The History of Classical Animation. The remainder of the book gives step by step analysis not of how to sketch a flame or construct an iceberg, for instance, but of the techniques of how to get in touch with what he refers to as the "energy of the elements." How does one capture the essence of a burning flame? Shattered glass? A wisp of smoke or the pixie dust floating through gust of wind? There is a way to see it, Gilland explains, and it is connecting to the unique movement ("energy") of that natural (i.e., fire, water, rocks, lava, smoke, flame, glass, frost, liquids, etc.) element.

I've been a fine artist and an illustrator for more than 30 years and more recently a graphic artist. Over the years, I've collected many books by celebrated artist, but this is the first by a Western artist that stresses the spiritual dimension of the subject in order to identify with its characteristics. His words and explanations are quite refreshing. I found myself thinking, "How come I hadn't figure that out!"

Okay... who's this book for?

All fine artists.
Any digital artist who may be interested in motion capture or Flash-based software.
A children's book author.
Those who love to collect coffee-table books.
Those who love the art of classic Disney animation.

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I LOVE THIS BOOK! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Again, if I may offer one slight bit of constructive criticism and that is: Change the cover design! It would be a shame if people, particularly, fine- and digital artists walked by this book without knowing the priceless text inside.
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One of a kind 7 mai 2009
Par K. Noda - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Joseph Gilland has done a great service by creating this book, which intricately details both the thought process and raw mechanics behind traditional, hand-drawn effects animation - a discipline that rarely takes center stage in a character-oriented animation industry. I've been looking for a resource like this for years, and there really hasn't been anything like it before this book. I can whole-heartedly recommend it for any animator with an interest in broadening their understanding of effects, the drawings contained within are worth the price alone.
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Very useful resource for animators 19 juillet 2009
Par Parka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Joseph Gilland is an animator with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with Disney and other studios on movies like Lilo and Stitch, Mulan among many other titles.

When he wrote this book, there wasn't any book dedicated to classical hand drawn special effects animation. It's great to be able to highlight the work done by special effects artists, who are usually the unsung heroes of animation -- if their work is good, nobody notices!

This book focuses more on dealing with liquids, fire, smoke, explosions and (other-worldly) magic. The chapters are broken down into the order of covering design concepts, discussing scale and perspective, then moving to breakdown the energy, action path and timing.

Joseph Gilland presents his topic with examples on his own, complete with tips and common mistakes to avoid. You'll learn stuff like how animators can remove details and yet keep things realistic. For example, when dealing with liquids, he would talk about the different factors that affect animation, like water density, force, gravity, viscosity, after splash, etc. The various examples include the simple water droplet to creating waves on which surfers surf on.

There's also a chapter on props. These are stuff like breaking branches, falling leaves, moving fabric, crumbling clay, etc. Animating special effects is essentially animating energy. Throughout the book, there are a lot of detailed explanation on how different elements and objects interact with one another.

While the book is on classic hand drawn animation, there are also some non-technical writeup on how you can use computers to aid in creating these effects.

Elemental Magic is a tremendously helpful resource that aims to help animators think through their approach before execution, to save time and effort without sacrificing quality. Even if there are other special effects books out there, this one definitely stands on its own.

Animators should find this book very useful.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Joseph Gilland and Focal Press are doing future animators an incredible service by releasing this book - AWESOME! 4 août 2009
Par [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For those who have had the opportunity to learn from animators who have worked on major films, the knowledge you take from these instructors, these individuals can last a life time. Not only are they inspiring but they also are inspirational in helping one decide whether or not the animation field is for them.

There are many things that one must learn and when it comes to animation, the look of liquid and water, to the flames of a dragon or a burning inferno and various other animation that relates to the elements are important for one's career.

"ELEMENTAL MAGIC: The Art of Special Effects Animation" is a magnificent book that brings that knowledge that people pay a lot of money for (to learn from those who worked on major animated films) to learn more about special effects animation dealing with those elements courtesy of Joseph Gilland, an experienced animator who has worked on films such as "Pocahontas", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Hercules", "Mulan", "Tarzan" , "Lilo & Stitch" and "Brother Bear".

The book is broken down to the following chapters:

* CHAPTER 1: A BRIEF HISTORY OF CLASSICAL ANIMATED SPECIAL EFFECTS
* CHAPTER 2: THE ART OF DRAWING AND ANIMATING SPECIAL EFFECTS
* CHAPTER 3: THE SPECIFIC EFFECTS CATEGORIES
* CHAPTER 4: LIQUIDS
* CHAPTER 5: FIRE, SMOKE and EXPLOSIONS
* CHAPTER 6: MAGIC
* CHAPTER 7: PROPS AND EVERYTHING
* CHAPTER 8: THE LAST ELEMENT

Gilland is quick to inform people on the preface that "ELEMENTAL MAGIC" is not a history book (though he does touch on some of the history of special effects animation), nor is this a book about the "camera trick" aspects of special effects animation or the deep technical side of special effects animation, the compositing, the art direction, the selection of exposures, densities or colors but the goal is how to draw and understand special effects animation.

Gilland helps the reader learn how splashes, explosions, an object smashing on impact or a lightning bolt hit. How we have seen these in real life but for animation, there needs to be an exaggeration and stylization to make these situations look more appealing.

As animation becomes more advance, the animator must also know the environment and be able to make things look realistic. We come to a point in time with modern technology where water effects, may it be the ripples through the water, the crashing waves must look vibrant and incredible on the big screen and on your television. Gilland helps the viewer through his in depth and detailed writing to comprehend that.

The book goes through element-based special effects quite thoroughly and if anything, for any one who wants to become an animator, this is one book that is just magnificent and is deserving to be on your book shelves.

Elemental special effects is not the easiest but for those who grasp the knowledge, especially what you are being taught in the book through various high res pictures and many examples, this is a well-planned book. And bare-in-mind, many students pay an arm and a leg for this type of advice and thus, Joseph Gilland and Focal Press are doing future animators an incredible service by releasing this book.

Overall, "ELEMENTAL MAGIC: The Art of Special Effects Animation", of course, is still a book and it all comes down to the person's patience, creativity and their willing to learn from an experienced special effects animator. But there is no denying that this book is absolutely fantastic!

Highly recommended!
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