Useful Resources
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Links to Useful Web Resources
Maya References:

Tutorialized - Maya
Highend 3D
Gnomon Workshop
Shaun Freeman's Animation Tips
Animation Principles:

Animation Arena
Frank and Ollie's Animation Tips
Principles of Animation
Character Design:

3D Total 3D Character designer's Homepage
Character Design Blog
Character Designs, An Artists Resource
20 Character Design Tips
Animation Scriptwriting Creating Characters

Youtube Channel of Animations

Add to the Youtube Channel

Storyteling websites
  • Storytelling

  • Scriptwriting
    Scripts available
  • Simply Scripts
  • Scriptwring for Animation

  • Examples of Principles
    Animations demonstrating Weight
  • Weight Animation
  • Pencil test - lift and toss
  • Weight lift and toss
  • Animation test :: weight lift
  • Weight illusion

  • Online Animations
    Websites with Good Animations:
  • This Side Up
  • Sebastians Voodoo
  • Heavenly Appeals
  • Gretel and Hanzel
  • Styx and Stones
  • Anchored
  • After You
  • PSA - Global Warming Bears
  • Game Over - stop motion
  • Kiwi - BGSU Alumni
  • Inner Life of a Cell - scientific visualization
  • Locomotion - old CG animations
  • Alien Song - lip synch
  • Georges Schwizgebel - L'homme sans ombre
  • Hedgehug
  • The Ballad of Thaddeus Lowe
  • Paul Driessen - Oh What a Knight
  • For the Birds
  • The Chub Chubs
  • Fallen Art
  • The Cathedral
  • Stop Motion Hands
  • Amateur - Lasse Gjertsen
  • Hyperactive

  • Great Independent Animations
    Some Great Animations:
  • Father and Daughter - Michaël Dudok De Wit
  • The Mighty River - Frédréck Back
  • Britannia - Joanna Quinn
  • Potato Hunter - Timothy Hittle
  • The Creation - Joan Gratz
  • The Chub Chubs - Sony Imageworks
  • The Man Who Planted Trees - Frédríck Back
  • The Street - Caroline Leaf
  • Hillary (a British stop-motion short)
  • Lineage - George Griffin
  • Moon Breath Beat - Lisze Bechtold
  • Neighbors - Norman McLaren
  • Sleeping Betty - Sleeping Betty
  • Madame Tutli Putli - Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
  • Stephanie Maxwell - Runa's Spell
  • Furies - Sarah Petty
  • Balance - Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein
  • Rope Dance - Raimund Krumme
  • Frank Film - Frank Mouris
  • Jumping - Tezuka
  • Disconnected - Craig Welch
  • Street of Crocodiles - The Brothers Quay
  • Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor - Koji Yamamura
  • Disconnected - Craig Welch
  • How Wings are Attached to an Angel - Craig Welch
  • Welcome to Kentucky - Craig Welch
  • Books
    General Animation Books:
  • The Animator Survival Kit, Williams, Richard and Sutton, Imogen
  • Cartoon Animation (The Collector's Series) by Preston Blair
  • The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
  • Understanding Animation by Paul Wells
  • Cracking Animation by Peter Lord and Brian Sibley
  • Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation by Hans Bacher
  • Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics by Maureen Furniss
  • Secrets of Oscar-winning Animation: Behind the scenes of 13 classic short animations by Olivier Cotte
  • Animation Now! (Taschen 25th Anniversary) by Julius Wiedemann

    Animation Principles:
  • Timing for Animation by Harold Whitaker and John Halas
  • Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films by Ed Hooks
  • Acting for Animators, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation by Ed Hooks
  • Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells
  • Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, Second Edition by Mike Mattesi

    Storytelling/Script Writing:
  • Animation: From Script to Screen by Shamus Culhane
  • The Human Figure in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge
  • Animals in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge
  • How to Write for Animation by Jeffrey Scott
  • Storytelling through Animation (Graphics) by Mike Wellins
  • Basics Animation: Scriptwriting (Basics Animation) by Paul Wells
  • Storytelling through Animation (Graphics) by Mike Wellins
  • Animation Writing and Development, : From Script Development to Pitch by Jean Ann Wright
  • Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

  • Don Bluth's Art Of Storyboard by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
  • Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman
  • Storyboards: Motion in Art, Second Edition by Mark Simon
  • Storyboarding 101: A Crash Course in Professional Storyboarding by James Fraioli
  • Exploring Storyboarding by Wendy Tumminello
  • The Art of the Storyboard: Storyboarding for Film, TV, and Animation by John Hart
  • Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman

    3D Animation (look for newest versions of the book):
  • Developing Digital Short Films by Sherri Sheridan
  • Character Animation: 2D Skills for Better 3D, Second Edition by Steve Roberts
  • Maya Character Modeling and Animation (Graphics Series) by Tereza Flaxman
  • Maya Character Animation by Jae-Jin Choi and Sybex
  • Maya Character Creation: Modeling and Animation Controls by Chris Maraffi
  • Maya 8 Character Modeling by Gary Oliverio

    Facial Animation:
  • Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Simon
  • Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right by Jason Osipa

    Character Design:
  • Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels, by Tom Bancroft

  • Free Audio

    Sound Effects
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