Monday, February 18, 2013

The Animator's Survival Kit meets the iPad

I don't have an iPad, and I don't know what you call a book released for use on it. Is it an iBook? an eBook? An iBook App? An e-iBook? Whatever the name, the iPad seems the perfect platform for a digital version of The Animator's Survival Kit, now the standard industry textbook for aspiring animators.

Dad will be 80 on March 19th, and this new digital update of the ASK, published by Faber and Faber, will be released around then. The app (or whatever it's called) will contain the complete Expanded Edition of the best-selling Survival Kit, optimised for the iPad, along with over 100 animated examples taken from the Survival Kit DVD box set.

Also included will be a previously unreleased 9-minute animation, Circus Drawings, 50 years in the making, plus a bunch of other new material. The animated examples will be viewable frame-by-frame and ‘onion-skinning’ functionality means you can flip it - just like real animation!

I am sure it will be awesome. The original book was wonderful but, being a book - didn't include any actual animation. The DVD boxed set, by contrast, is full of animation but is too expensive for most students, and lacks the ease of reference of a book.

So the iPad must surely be the perfect platform - all the functionality of a book, but with video as well, plus clips to explain the process. What animation student wouldn't want it?  I know I do.

...which means I'll finally have to get myself an iPad.


(Editor's Note: For for about Richard Williams and his extraordinary career in animation, check out this tribute video here,  read Alex's tales of the Annie awards and The Christmas Carol, and read Garrett Gilchrist on The Re-cobbled Cut.)


  1. I don't suppose an Android version is in the works?

  2. I don't know but I suspect it will depend on how the iPad version does. My guess is there will be an Android version soon enough....let's hope so!

  3. Do we have to purchase the ASK for the iPad inorder to see Circus Drawings??? :(

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  5. Shame it's only on the iPad at the moment - Another vote here for an Android version. I have the book and the DVDs but would love to try this out.

  6. I bought the app (and have the book too), both wonderful. I love getting a glimpse into the history of the medium, mixed in with practical insight. Please pass along my thanks if you have a moment...