Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Literary Review 3: The Illusion Of Life

This incredible book written by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of the 9 old men, documents the history behind the Disney Studios, and the people who over years created the most memorable animated films of all time. This book explains how animators learned through experience what no one could of taught them but themselves. The book is full of references to the films, how they were made and how animators tackled and solved problems, and the techniques that were developed over the years as they aimed for a better picture. The amazing stories in the book, personality as an animation student are very inspiring, and I would recommend it to anyone who is intrested in the art form. The book has a small section on comedy and explains how Disney animators used the visual gags in their Silly Symphonies", "Walt soon learned that it was better to keep building on a gag, rather than having a small one after the other"

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