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AWUK Education Resources: Animation & VFX

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  1.     The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard E. Williams

Considered the definitive book on animation. In this manual, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation, suitable for all levels and techniques. Also available as an interactive App.

  1.   Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1 & 2 by Walt Stanchfield

A two volume collection of the legendary lectures from long-time Disney animator Walt Stanchfield. Each lesson covers a variety of teachings with fantastic tips on how to approach drawing for animation.

  1. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

Written by to of the key animators during the Golden Age of animation, The Illusion of Life is widely regarded as one of the best animation books of all time and is still to this day used as reference for character animation

  1. Masters of FX by Ian Failes

Through interviews with 16 of the leading FX pioneers from around the world, author Ian Failes explores the making of some of the most memorable film sequences ever produced, showcasing the shift from practical to digital magic with original behind-the-scenes imagery, shot breakdowns, and detailed explanations.

  1. Special Effects: The History and Technique by Richard Rickett

Packed with over 500 colour illustrations taken from great films and the personal portfolios of leading special effects experts, many of whom feature as interviewees. Special Effects is an essential tool for anyone looking to build a career in this area of the film industry.

  1. The Filmmaker’s Guide to Visual Effects: The Art and Techniques of VFX for Directors, Producers, Editors and Cinematographers by Eran Dinur

The Filmmaker’s Guide to Visual Effects offers a practical, detailed guide to visual effects for non-VFX specialists working in film and television. Award-winning VFX supervisor Eran Dinur introduces visual effects from the filmmaker’s perspective, providing a comprehensive guide to conceiving, designing, budgeting, planning, shooting, and reviewing VFX.

  1. Spectacular Digital Effects: CGI and Contemporary Cinema by Kristen Whissel

Focusing on spectacular digital visual effects in live-action films made between 1989 and 2011, Kristen Whissel identifies and examines four effects emblems: the illusion of gravity-defying vertical movement, massive digital multitudes or "swarms," photorealistic digital creatures, and morphing "plasmatic" figures. Featuring groundbreaking films such as Avatar, The Matrix, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jurassic Park, Titanic, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

  1. Lovely: Ladies of Animation: The Art of Lorelay Bove, Brittney Lee, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Victoria Ying and Helen Chen.

Featuring six extremely successful women artists in the entertainment industry present Lovely: Ladies of Animation. The history of art in animation has had many female heroes; this elite group is continuing the tradition and building upon it. With a variety of styles, from graphic works to realistic portraits, these female artists provide endless creative inspiration.

  1. Women & Animation a Compendium by Jayne Pilling

Published in 1992, Women and Animation contains a fantastic selection of essays on women animators and their contribution in the field of animation. Includes articles on early pioneers, American independents, feminist animation, creative partnerships and a Bio / filmographical dictionary of women animators.

  1. Ink & Paint The Women Of Walt Disney'S Animation by Mindy Johnson

Featuring never-before-seen photos, artwork, and detailed accounts, the process, techniques, and contributions of the women - and men - who defined the Walt Disney Studio's legendary Ink & Paint Department over the years are carefully explored, preserved, and shared for future generations.












  1. No Film School

Featuring interviews with leading filmmakers and industry authorities, check-ins from major film festivals, and weekly news update.

  1. FXguide | The VFX show

VFX and 3D news, respectful and, at times, fascinatingly geeky discussion on all the most important VFX films.

  1. CG Garage Podcast

CGI, VFX, Design, Rendering, Raytracing, an d any other CG Nerdy stuff

  1. Directors In Animation

Directors In Animation Podcast is a biweekly podcast all about the ups and downs of directing animation films and series.

  1. Motion Hatch

Animation and motion design. Hear from a wide range of voices within the industry and get quality motion design advice and insight

  1. The Access:VFX Podcast

Discussing inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity within the VFX, Animation & Games industries.

  1.  Skwigly

The longest-running UK based animation magazine & community brings you up-to-date news, interviews, reviews, podcasts, videos and tutorials.

  1. The Guilty Feminist

A supportive forum that discusses the big topics 21st century feminists agree on, whilst confessing “buts” – the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine our lofty principles.

  1. Lecture in Progress | Creative Lives

Profiling interesting creative careers – from how creatives identified an interest in the industry, to landing their first job.

  1. The Women Who Create

A no-nonsense podcast discussing different themes and topics around creative business, life and female entrepreneurship


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