In the spring of 2004, at the Annecy International Animation Festival in France, a dear friend and I had a conversation about animation books. Interesting, we noted, that there is not a single book dedicated to classical hand-drawn special effects animation, even though it is an enormously important aspect of the animation business, and a very specialized and specific art form in its own right. While there is a proliferation of books dealing with various kinds of visual effects work, most of these are focused purely on the kinds of polished photorealistic visual effects that we are used to seeing in Hollywood action and science fiction films, using optical live-action film techniques, and more recently, computer-generated techniques. ...

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