Richard Williams Animation Masterclass presents The Animators Survival Kit Animated
"10 OUT OF 10"
"REPLACEMENT FOR ANIMATION SCHOOL? (If you are committed to teaching yourself)
I just got my copy of the DVDs last month, they’re amazing!!! Exactly what I imagined the book would be if it was animated...the only difference is that it's 1000 times much better, clearer,enjoyable, and powerful.
The lessons on the DVDs are not too complicated and they're not to simple, they're just right!
So why should it be a replacement for an animation school?
First, during his lectures, the students ask many questions (which are very likely to be the same important questions you might ask)...
Secondly, the DVDs don't only contain his lectures but also an introduction before the lecture, an overview of the concepts explained in the lecture and the conclusion after finishing the lecture, with a lot of animated examples from the book that explain these principles and side notes to illustrate the most important frames in the animation.
Finally these DVDs won't waste a lot of your time, each DVD is about 30-40 minutes, the principles are explained clearly without overcomplicating everything. But of course you can spend more than a month to practise and study some of the animated examples...The lectures only open your mind and direct you to the right way to go. It's up to you to make the effort and study the examples. "
" The DVD's are worth getting. They are excellent.
They take a bit of getting into at first because it follows the same chapters as the book (or it has done so far ... still working through them). But a lot is dealt with in greater detail, such as walks and animal walks.
Everybody should definitely own a copy of the book, if you can afford it, get the DVDs, they are really worth the money. "
"The Richard Williams Masterclass was a really informative treat. Not only were we exposed to a rich variety of video and animation extracts from his mammoth 16 DVD 'animator's toolkit', but were given a sense of a genuinely enthusiastic and generous man, who wanted to share his bountiful experiences. Williams was an entertaining speaker with limitless energy and I found his enthusiasm for hand rendered animation highly infectious. It made me want to explore what was possible for me to achieve, and his stories of the 'golden age' of Disney animation made me want to rediscover films such as 'The Jungle Book' and 'Pinocchio' to learn new lessons from them."