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Elemental Magic , Volume 2 by Joseph Gilland

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Chapter 1

Introduction to the Elements

For the last two years, since writing my first book, Elemental Magic: The Art of Special Effects Animation, I have been traveling a great deal, conducting special effects workshops based on many of the ideas I put forth in that initial volume. I have been bowled over by the warm reception that my first book has received, and I am deeply grateful to know that it has been inspirational to many animation artists, students, and fans around the world. I would like to especially thank you, the readers of my first book, who have made it a great success. I wrote it for you. Thank you for embracing it so wholeheartedly!

However, it frequently comes up in the conversations I have about the first book that the subject ...

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