Topic: Other Movie Genres
Don Bluth... May be a familar name to you, because of his many years in the animation industry.
Starting out at Disney Studios he was an animator on Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Pete's Dragon, among other films there.
When he left Disney in 1978 he set up his own animation studio, Don Bluth Productions. Don has had 'hands on' experience as well as management of animation features that have grossed multi-millions of dollars in worldwide releases.
His own production company has been involved in the animation segment in Xandau, Dragon's Lair (the video game), and The Secret of NIMH, among other releases during the years.
Now the first of Don Bluth's Animation Tutorials is currently for sale on eBay via his own eBay listings.
Here is a blurb from his marketing promotion:
"Have you had the thrilling experience of seeing your drawings come to life? We are not talking about mere movement here, but the thrill that comes from giving your characters “the illusion of life.” If you have not experienced this thrill, let Don Bluth be you mentor. He will show you many of his secrets that he has learned during his fifty year career as an animator/ director for both Disney and his own company. These tutorials focus on the techniques of drawing and the principles of animation, with the goal of helping you expand your skills as an animator. Don’t miss these exciting and informative sessions."
Run Time Approximately: 42 Minutes
Not Available in Stores...
Additional info on what is presented in this first DVD are:
"This animation principle is ubiquitous. It is present in all animation shots. In this lesson we will explore the nature of an object, its mass and its reaction to the gravitational pull."
And...."Don Bluth will answer the question of what causes a bouncing ball to gradually diminish the energy of its bounce. These simple principles of physics are then applied to character hops, and jumps, and rhythms. Animation characters must appear to have weight."
I had the opportunity to view this DVD from start to finish myself...
I am not an animator, but enjoy reading and viewing how the comics, graphic novels, and films that I watch are created. This DVD tutorial shows Don at work explaining how certain aspects of animation are created.
Don's voice is smooth, consistent, and pleasant to hear. He takes his time to show every detail in getting each concept across to the viewer. Additionally, the camera shows the animation being drawn by Don from both the side view, over the shoulder, and from the overhead of the drawing table itself.
This DVD is a good lesson in applying several techniques that Don illustrates in this lesson. No, you won't get all the Secrets from this Master of Animation in just this one DVD, but what is shown is clearly and succinctly illustrated for you. This is one of what is a few DVDs in a series where Don shares his years of experience with you.
This tutorial, one on one with the viewer, could make a good start for those interested in the art of animation. Think about it for yourself or for a friend or family member who is thinking of going into the animation field!
The eBay listing for this special tutorial DVD from Don Bluth can be seen by clicking here!
(Please note: This listing is NOT one of Make It So Marketing's... it comes directly from Don Bluth's eBay enterprise. Additional Note: A complimentary copy of the DVD for this mention / review was provided by the creator.)
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