Assignment 2: Find Good Animations Due: Jan. 15 (account) Due: Jan 20 (3 anims.)

3D Animation:

  • Autodesk Maya Press, Learning Autodesk Maya 2008; the Modeling & Animation Handbook
  • Autodesk Maya Press, Learning Autodesk Maya 2008; Foundation
  • Developing Digital Short Films by Sherri Sheridan
  • Character Animation: 2D Skills for Better 3D, Second Edition by Steve Roberts

Traditional 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

Facial Animation:

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


Links to Useful Web Resources

Exercise 3: Nonlinear Deformers Due: in-class Jan. 22

Using the Maya Non-linear deformers, create a series of short animations by changing the parameters of the deformers over time. Try setting keys on the parameters at various frames and also try moving the deformers through the object over time and setting keys on the XY or Z of the deformer.
Maya References:

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

Frank and Ollie's Animation Tips
Principles of Animation
Animation Arena

Examples of Animation Exercises

Abstract Animations

Ball Bounce Animation (realistic)

Ball Bounce Animation (personified)


Online Animations

Websites with Good Animations:

Great Animations

Some Great Animations:

  • Luxo Jr. - Pixar
  • Gas Planet - PDA
  • Calculated Movements - Larry Cuba
  • Shadow Puppets
  • Arabesque - John Whitney
  • The Chub Chubs - Sony Imageworks

Storyborad Resources


Free Audio

Sound Effects
(Make sure you download copyright/royalty-free audio ONLY)

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Pay for sounds: