Layout and Composition for Animation
This essential, hands-on guide is filled with examples of what a composition should look like and example of poorly designed layouts. Spot potential problems before they cost time and money, and adapt creative solutions for your own projects with this invaluable resource for beginner and intermediate artists. With Beauty and the Beast examples and Simpson character layouts, readers will learn how to develop character layout and background layout as well as strengthen composition styles with a creative toolset of trick shot examples and inspirational case studies. A companion website will include further technique based tools, finalized layout and composition examples and tutorials for further artistic skill development.
It's All About Storytelling: Pre-Drawing
Choosing the Correct Tools to tell the story: Viewing Process, Mood, Color, Timing, Movement/Action, Time of Day, Atmosphere.
Putting it down on Paper: Horizon and Vanishing Points, Character Placement, Placement of Objects in Space
Extreme Perspective Solutions: Multiple Horizons, Multiple Vanishing Points
Placement of Characters in a Composition: Path of Action, Placement of Characters in a Composition, Composing a Scene.
Camera: Camera Moves, Bi-Back, Multi-plane, Multi-level
Changing Perspective in a Scene: Curved Pans, Perspective Tricks
Lighting: Shadows, Reflections
Digital Layout and Composition: 2D and 3D
Frequently Used Terms and Definitions
Ed Ghertner is a highly regarded master craftsman in the animation industry. This book is packed with ideas that cover the art of visual story telling. It would be a helpful tool for any animator, layout artist or filmmaker. Mark Kirkland -- Three-time Emmy Award-winning Director of The Simpsons