Animators Corner #3 – The Illusion of Life


-The Illusion of Life-

Here another Animation Bible “The Illusion of Life”, a book that you really must have if you want to became part of this world and you are animation fan!

 

Written by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, two of the Disney’s “Nine Old Men”, 1981

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This book is really a magical and marvelous trip to the past, a nostalgic dip into the Disney Animation world!

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Starting from the paper cover which portrays an illustration from Pinocchio, if you take off this one you also have a very cool blue fabric cover with an other illustration from the same movie!

This book will keep you company for quite some time, 575 pages of history of animation!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.27.50Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.27.57

From the concept of animation and how everything starts…

The birth of the Walt Disney Studio, from the very first works to the creation of Mickey Mouse, full of incredible and inspirational stories!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.28.05Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.06.pngSchermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.09

A chapter about the Principle of Animations, that were mentioned for the first time in this book, clearly and perfectly explained! This is absolutely the best and more fascinating description of the principles!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.20.png

The 4th chapter is about the mentality behind Disney and the approach that Walt and his men had to animation! Anecdotes and fun stories of the first Disney Animators and their works, that are really a source of inspiration for new animators!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.32.pngSchermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.39Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.44

The entire book is full of iconic old pictures, illustrations and sketches!

You’ll bring into the Disney Studio organization, how they were used to work and other stories regarding the productions of the Disney success!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.49

The birth of the Burbank Studio and the Nine Old Men!

An incredibly detailed trip into the creation of a Disney Movie!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.53Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.29.58Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.30.05Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.30.41 From the choice of the Team, to sketches, to the description of all the different departments jobs: Layouts, Animation, Background Paintings, Special Effects etc…

A chapter for the hard work behind the sound of a Movie, the research of the perfect sounds effects to support the animations!

The use of Live Action references from humans and animals, the studio of the anatomy at the basis of a good and convincing animation!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.31.02Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.31.07

Walks that emphasize the characters personality!

The creation of a great and magical story!

A character development!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.31.29.png

A chapter about the Villains in the Disney Movies!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.31.33.png

Tips to animate expressions and Dialogues!

Blinks, Lipsynch, Acting and Emotions!Schermata 2018-01-25 a 12.31.40.pngSchermata 2018-01-25 a 12.31.47.png

And final, an analysis of different animation styles, experimentations and animation in the future!

So, I really suggest you this book, is AMAZING and…

any Disney animation fan will love it! 😉

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Spartacus – tv show


I know… this is a bit off topic 😀  but I’m watching again this amazing tv show, I just love it! Extremely intricate plot and a huuuugeeee font of reference for Actions animations! 😉

I often go to analyze some poses and actions from this show when I need some references! It’s a goldmine for this type of animations! 😛

By the way, yesterday I just had this inspiration and creativity so I’ve done this “tribute” to some of the characters and their most famous quotes!

ps. GANNICUS ♥ deserves two of them! 😀 😀 😀

I really enjoy creating this 2D sketches and comics, I have an entire blog “My life Adventures Book” where I posted some comics of real life’s adventures (most of them are in italian). It’s been a while since I posted the last one, I should add some new comics 🙂

In a Heartbeat – short movie


The animated short movie many animators (and not only them) were waiting for!

Hey guys! I’m really excited today ’cause I’ve seen this beautiful and touching piece of animation that I want to share with you! 🙂

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Finally, someone brought up a theme that has never been addressed so directly, so far…

Beth David and Esteban Bravo just did it, and in the more adorable and subtle way as possible.

In their animated short movie “In a Heartbeat” they follow this super cute redhair boy in an internal conflict (not so internal…actually :D) while the boy he likes is walking to school.

“A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams” this is the plot… and I just love it! 🙂 (from the official Facebook Page In a Heartbeat – Animated Short Film)
The idea of this little “brave” heart popping out of his chest… is just BRILLIANT!
Or, do we want to talk about the moment when the heart/boy touches his hair….. ? Beautiful…

I found this short really INSPIRATIONAL, you know…. when I see this kind of things I really believe that we do “the best job in world”
Besides this, I really loved the character design, renders and…..the MUSIC! When everything can be told with not a single word…. really well done!

So, all my respect to this two great guys and…Thanks for made me dream today! 😉
I really look forward for new projects from you! 😉

Ok, now… LET’S GO BACK TO ANIMATE!!! 😀

The creators:

Animators Corner #2


– A BLOODY NIGHT-

When an animator creates his own game…

In this second video I show you an indie game created by an animator, Emanuele Leoncilli! It’s a pixel-art action game released on Steam  😉

Animators Corner #1


– Animator’s Survival Kit-

This is the first video for ” Animator’s Corner “ where I will talk about different topics: books, movies, softwares, games…. everything that comes up in my mind connected to the animation industry.
I want to start showing you the masterpiece of the animator books, written by the animator Richard Williams (animation director of “Who framed Roger Rabbit”), and published in 2001 (FF).

 

My Animations


11 Second Club – February Competition

I had some free time last month so I attended for the first time the 11 Second Club Competition 🙂

Time of work: 3 days
Rig: Eleven RIg http://elevenrig.blogspot.de/
Audio from the movie “Ghostbusters” 2016