Friday, October 17, 2008

Book Look: Character Animation Crash Course!

I recently received my copy of Eric Goldberg's Character Animation Crash Course! after pre-ordering it back in June. It was well worth the wait!In my opinion, this how-to animation book ranks right up there with "Animation by Preston Blair" and "The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams".Eric Goldberg is a veteran Director, Designer and Animator who has created feature films, commercials, title sequences and television specials.
His best known animation highlights include Supervisor Animator on the Genie from Disney's Aladdin, Co-Director on Disney's Pocahontas, his 2 sequences from "Fantasia 2000" that include "Rhapsody in Blue" & "Carnival of Animals", the animated title sequence from the recent Pink Panther film, and was the Animation Director of "Looney Tunes: Back in Action".
Goldberg is a unique animator in these modern times because he highly believes in the art of acting and "squash & stretch". Something that is slowly fading from today's animation scene.
The book covers a lot of material broken into 3 main categories: "Conception", and "Technique""Putting It All Together".Eric Goldberg has even gone that extra mile with his book! It's one thing to include pictures and drawings in an animation book, but it's another by actually seeing these animation examples in movement. Eric has included a CD that has Animation Movie Files for your computer so you can follow along with what is being explained in the book. Very cool!So if your an animation student, cartoonist, illustrator or animation fan you won't be disappointed with this great animation title.

1 comment:

ryan said...

I meet Eric Goldberg in the isles at San Diego Comic Con. I wasn't sure at first if it was him, but then I recognized his "mousy" voice from the Aladdin, and Looney Tunes DVDs. I got a picture with him, and asked him about future projects. He mentioned the Princess and the Frog. I didn't want to take too much of his time, because he was chatting with a friend before me. It was as impressive as sharing an elevator with Stan Lee. I am definity buying Goldburg's book.