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New York 1987: The Big Pond

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...Shortly thereafter I moved to New York and began working as a Parking PA (Production Assistant) on a low-budget feature film. What’s a Parking PA? Well, it’s like this: The production would set up in various neighborhoods and us Parking PAs...

All Up in My Grill

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...All right, this is not a happy chapter. In fact, I don’t even really want to write it. But I will because there are lessons in it, and that’s what this book is all about.Soon after The Punisher, we bid on a commercial job for Weber Grills...

What is Animation?

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...Here is a dry, succinct definition of animation that sounds like it came from the New World Collegiate Dictionary and Style Guide, but which I actually made up just now: “Animation is a moving picture created via photographing or digitizing...

Cheating Las Vegas

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...The budget for the MGM project was small but comfortable. But it was only comfortable because of all the cheats we knew. For example, all the backgrounds were made from photographs run through Photoshop filters. We went all around the Las...

Flash

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...Adobe Flash is a big, bad, often confusing program that nevertheless is widely used in animation today. This chapter, along with the subsequent After Effects chapter, is filled with detailed exercises to help you and these programs get...

Materials

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...While there are many types of software out there to help do the grunt work of animation, it's best to know how traditional animation is created before using them.For your work, the first thing you will need is what is called a “peg bar...

Sun Tzu Paraphrased

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...There is a saying in Sun Tzu’s Art of War that goes: “If you wait by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by.”Similarly, if you wait by the river long enough in Hollywood, you can get a meeting with whomever you...

Bruce Wayne, The Riddler, and Catwoman (Really)

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...Oh, wait, you do want to hear about Catwoman? Okay. Just calm down, I’ll tell you.While we were in the midst of animating the Gansito Duck, we were also coordinating the Stop Calling Me Night Owl project. We had a short pilot animation we...

Los Angeles/Hip Hop Toonz

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...My first summer in New York, I made friends with another PA. I was a Run DMC fan and he had grown up a few blocks from their neighborhood. He endeavored to expand my knowledge of hip-hop. We were working in the South Bronx (which I hadn’t...

Cheating with Storyboards, Layouts, Backgrounds, and Animatics

Walter Santucci

Walter Santucci is Animation Director at Klasky Csupo Animation and Professor of Animation History at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Guerrilla Guide to Animation : Making Animated Films Outside the Mainstream

Continuum, 2009

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...There's not too much cheating to be done on storyboards other than drawing very sketchily and copying and pasting panels that will be reused.However, you can cheat by parlaying your storyboard into layouts. If planned properly, the same...