Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DreamWorks' Animation Resources


DreamWorks Animation has a comprehensive in-house training program which provides a lot of resources for their artists. They provide every incoming artist with a list of the books and resources that they have found most helpful for mastering the art of animation.

DreamWorks has generously allowed me to share this recommended list with you. The links take you to more information about each of the books. If the resources are not books, I've added a note about where the links will take you.

Acting and Improv
Acting for Animators by Ed Hooks
The Second City – Almanac of Improvisation by Anne Libera
A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer by Eugenio Barba
• Matthew Bain on Movement. Bain is a final layout artist at PDI/Dreamworks Animation and freelance music visualization artist/composer.) (Linked in) (Music visualization on YouTube)

Color and Painting

Computer Graphics and Visual FX

Introduction to Computer Graphics by James D. Foley, et al
• Fundamentals of Computer Graphics by Peter Shirley
• Mathematics for Computer Graphics by John Vince
• CG101:A Computer Graphics Industry Reference (2nd Edition) by Terrence Masson

Figure and Gesture Drawing

Filmmaking Books

Layout & Composition Books


Animation Websites



Educational Sites
Animation Educator's Forum
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Thanks, Angela!

19 comments:

Kyle Katterjohn said...

You are a constant source of knowledge and inspiration. Thank you so much for posting these resources!

sergio garcia montes said...

This post is gold for me. Thanks!!

John P said...

Awesome list!
Thanks a lot James, that's very generous of you :)

monbaum said...

Wow what a list, and I even own a handful! Let me copy&paste this to my amazon wish list...
I like that the Color and Painting section consist solely of your books ;-)

smudgemaster said...

Thanks for posting this list. I'll be coming back here for years to come when I need something to read.

James Gurney said...

Monbaum, yes, I'm totally honored that my books are on the list. I had nothing to do with making up the list--it's what they use in-house, and I'm grateful to Angela Lepito at DWA for allowing me to share the list with GJ readers.

By the way, if any studios or schools want to order a set of my books for your group, please send me an email (gurneyjourney@gmail.com), and I can offer you group discounts and can sign and personalize them for your team members.

A. Fajula said...

Thanks A LOT for this bilbiography, I really apreciate it. I'ts good to have a good reference of books. Thank you!

william said...

Wonderful list. I was surprised though not to see Andrew Loomis anywhere. I have a friend who worked for Disney for many years (starting as an inbetweener on Beauty and the Beast.) When he was helping me with my portfolio to get into art school, he handed me a copy of "Figure Drawing for all it's Worth" and "Creative Illustration."

jeffkunze said...

Wow what a fantastic list of resources!! Thanks for posting this. More here than I have time to look at.

D. Conner said...

I'm creating graphics for a game. I wish that there was an easier way to create CG. It's not only doing artwork, but concepts & software and animation, & so on! Anyway, I really like all of the helpful art info on this GJ website.

Raven Amos said...

Ahh, Preston Blair. I had a set of his old, large-format animation books passed down to me from my mother when I was 6 or 7 years old, which I later replaced with a copy of Cartoon Animation. While all the important points were covered there for the most part, I still seem to remember the older set had more drawings and "cheat sheets" that weren't included in the compendium. I'd love to get my hands on another set...

Janet Lawson said...

Thank you for this great list. We have most of these titles at Autistry Studios. The book we use most is your Imaginative Realism. We work with teens and adults on the autism spectrum. Your book helps them take their visions from great ideas to finished pieces. So practical, so pragmatic, so very helpful. Thank you!

Michelle Papadopoulos said...

This is great! Thanks for the long list!

Janet Oliver said...

Just in time to say that you and your website are two things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving!

Thank you, James.

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Kitsune-shy said...

Wow, really great and helpful log! Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Cool list! I'm an aspiring animator, and I think it's kind of neat how a lot of the books that they recommend are in my own library. :)

Steven Powers (SMP) said...

Thank you James. This is a very impressive list. Thank you and Dream Works for sharing. I have to a agree with Dream Works that your books are essential. They are well formatted and informative and are great for reference as well.

Thanks again.

Smith Mosan said...

Nice I also share with you something hope this helpful for you my friends Read the literature from each college on what they need to see for your digital portfolio in terms of number of images, file size (memory kb etc.) and image size (pixels) – all will be different so you might not be able to use the same images for all the colleges you’re applying to. Check that you’ve got enough work that sits in each category if they specify how many of each they want to see – for example in research, development, final images, time based work. Check to see how they want to see time based work in your digital portfolio (video, film, animation), do they want stills or can you upload a link to Youtube, Vimeo or similar? Check it out thanks.