|AUTHOR:||David B. Levy|
Directing Animation is not just for those who want to direct animation. The information about working with (and for) people can easily be applied to almost any occupation. Anybody that works in a manager type position should read what Mr. Levy has to say.
This is not a boring textbook, but a book filled with lessons learned from firsthand experience. David Levy includes not only his experiences, but knowledge that has been passed on to him by other outstanding people in the animation field. Directing Animation contains numerous stories about David’s experiences while working in various phases of animation production.
There is a considerable amount of advice in the book that is geared specifically toward the animation field. Those in the industry will understand what he is talking about, but the animation specific information is not so technical that “outsiders” will feel completely lost. Those outside of the industry will gain a new appreciation as he gives some insight into what goes into making an animated film.
As I read through the book, I enjoyed the photos of animators at work and still shots from many animations. I also found the book to be rather motivational. I was inspired by the works I read about to get my animation materials back out and start some projects.
Overall, I found Directing Animation to be not only a well written and informative book, but one that was written by an author with a passion for his work. I would suggest that the reader or potential reader take some time to view some of Mr. Levy’s animation work that can be found on the internet.
David Levy has some other books about animation that I hope to read and review in the near future.
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