In the spring of 2004, at the Annecy International Animation Festival
in France, a dear friend and I had a conversation about animation
books. Interesting, we noted, that there is not a single book dedicated
to classical hand-drawn special effects animation, even though it is an
enormously important aspect of the animation business, and a very
specialized and specifi c art form in its own right. While there is a
proliferation of books dealing with various kinds of visual effects work,
most of these are focused purely on the kinds of polished photorealistic
visual effects that we are used to seeing in Hollywood action and
science fi ction fi lms, using optical live-action fi lm techniques, and
more recently, computer-generated techniques.
Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. 'Elemental Magic' is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects and how to apply these skills to your digital projects.
* Create stunning animated effects such as sparkling pixie dust, roaring tidal waves, and raging fires
* Apply the theory behind effects animation to your traditional and digital animation projects
* Written by animated effects guru, Joseph Gilland, who has worked on such feature films as Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Pochahontas, Tarzan, and Mulan.