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Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writer, Filmmaker, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know is a book on animation technique written by Ellen Besen with illustrations by Bryce Hallett. It was published in 2008 by Michael Wiese Productions.

The book includes brief testimonials from people in the animation industry and academic fields, such as:

  • Charlie Bonifacia, animator for Starz Animation Toronto, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Sullivan Bluth Ireland
  • Mike Belzer, animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Linda Simensky, Head of Children's Programming at PBS
  • Chris Robinson, Artistic Director for the Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Deanna Morse, animator and Professor at Grand Valley State University
  • Mark Stanger, Animation Supervisor and Lead Animator at Nelvana Studios

The illustrations are sometimes used to provide contrast between styles. For example, in the section on "Making Movement Matter", an example given involves a boss telling his secretary to begin shredding documents because police are on the way. The first illustration places emphasis on getting the point across through dialogue by showing exactly that: the boss walks in and talks to his secretary. The second illustration shifts the emphasis into action and reduces the wording: the boss is setting fire to documents in a wire trash basket, the secretary is already shredding documents and the police are breaking down the door.

Contents Edit

The book is divided into two main sections: "General Principles" and "Principles for Production". A third section, "Etcetera, Etcetera", includes a statement of "Your animation isn't finished until it's been viewed", author and illustrator information, glossary, a list of films referenced in the book and a recommended reading list.

Part I: General Principles

  1. Analogy
  2. Caricature
  3. Movement
  4. Fantasy
  5. Reality
  6. Control

Part II: Principles for Production

  1. Ideas, Scripts, and Storyboards
  2. Character
  3. Animation Film Structure
  4. Sound
  5. Animation Technique
  6. Performance
  7. Timing
  8. Backgrounds
  9. Special Effects
  10. Abstract and Non-Narrative Animation
  11. Titles and Credits

Back cover description Edit

Animation never ceases to make earth shattering leaps and breakthroughs. From the flat world of Mickey Mouse to the 3-D universe of WALL-E, the possibilities are truly endless. As a powerful commuincation tool in all kinds of media - from TV series to feature, web animation to computer game - animation's potential is undeniable.

Publisher's description Edit

Make your animation say what you want it to say. Animation's potential as a powerful tool for communication is just beginning to be understood. This book reveals key principles, useful for both professionals and beginners, which will help you harness the full power of this exciting and ever expanding medium.

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