Animated special effects reference

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Animated special effects reference

Post by foundmarble » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:41 pm

Does anyone have a reference guide or site that they visit concerning animating special effects? For example: fire, water, spinning effects, extreme fast motion (like hummingbirds or extreme running).

I need a cartoony style for these effects.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Animated special effects reference

Post by slowtiger » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:20 pm

I'm not aware of any website collecting this stuff, but there was a book about Disney special effects which would be a good start.

My own reference just comes from picking up some solution here and there.
Fire: a good one was in "Timing for animation":
Spinning, fast motion: smears and multiples. There's at least a website dedicated to that:
Vibrations: a drawing in "Illusion of life".
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Re: Animated special effects reference

Post by Víctor Paredes » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:31 am

Elemental Magic is also a good book about that.
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Re: Animated special effects reference

Post by dm » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:50 pm has some tutorials


poke about on youtube and vimeo for tutorials too. There's a lot out there, sprinkled about. Centralized and simple, not so much.
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Re: Animated special effects reference

Post by Ronbo » Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:56 pm

In addition to the above recommendations you might want to take a look at Adam Philips' special effects course for 2D animation. It's a monthly subscription, which you can cancel at any time.
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