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

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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