To study the course content within the ROCKET SKY learning system you must purchase the following texts prior to beginning your studies. All are easily available to purchase online.
The Animator's Survival Kit By Richard Williams
BOOK AND SUPPLY LIST
The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, and Internet Animators is a book by award-winning animator and director Richard Williams, about various aspects of animation. The book includes techniques, advice, tips, tricks, and general information on the history of animation.
As the title implies, the book is helpful for many types of animation, not just traditional animation. It has been praised by many as being one of the best books ever written on the subject and will act as the main text for the Rocket Sky program.
SIMPLIFIED DRAWING FOR PLANNING ANIMATION is packed with information about drawing the human form in a simplified way, for animators, illustrators, character designers and comic artists.
It emphasizes simplified structure, balance and posing with sequential images.
This book is used by animators at ILM, Walt Disney, Blue Sky, EA and many more. It has been required text at animation schools since 1999. This is an updated version with more character design information and animated examples from planning notes. It is a must-have book for animators and artists in all fields, perfect for experienced artists and beginners.
ied Drawing for Planning Animation By Wayne Gilbert
Observation plays in incredible role in animation. 3D Computer animators don’t have to be the greatest artists to be successful, but we encourage our students to draw on a regular basis, simply because art skills are not God-given, they’re skills that will improve through the process of repetition. And with stronger drawing skills comes stronger animation.
STOP WATCH and DESK MIRROR
For timing action and facial animation. The stop watch is old-school, and can be replaced by an app on your phone, etc., but a timing device is necessary.
A video camera or webcam is a valuable resource for any animator. It allows students to take still frame images of their sketchbook drawings, video reference of themselves to study or use as a stop motion or 2D pencil test camera.
HEADSET WITH MICROPHONE
We use Microsoft Office 365, which Includes Lync as our Communication Platform. This allows us to IM, have Video Meetings, give and receive Feedback, share screens, etc. A headset and mic will be necessary to communicate with your mentor during your reviews.