Book Review: Layout and Composition for Animation

Layout and Composition for Animation

The book covers the use of perspective, composition, camera, lighting and ends with the workflow. Many of the subjects covered can have a whole book to themselves.

The topics are covered could do with more depth, in terms of explanation and more examples. When you want to learn more or expect more examples and turn to the next page, you're in the next chapter already. The font used is large, so are the pictures, and there are white space so the book can really be read in one sitting.

The book is good in the sense that it takes into account for animation. It shows how setting up scenes requires forethought on where the characters are moving, or how use composition to make a jump cut less jarring. There are some good tips but it doesn't feel enough.

Layout and Composition for Animation is an elemental course on the subject. You'll get more out of the book if you're a beginner. If you're intermediate, you probably already know much of the stuff and should go for dedicated books on specific subjects.

For composition books, I would highly recommend Framed Ink.

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This book was borrowed from Basheer Graphic Books for review purposes. You can order the book from them. Check with Basheer on Facebook or visit their website.

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