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Story Structure and Development: A Guide for Animators, VFX Artists, Game Designers, and Virtual Reality

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Craig Caldwell
May 30, 2017

Professor Craig Caldwell’s Story Structure and Development offers a clear approach to the essentials of story. It lays out the fundamental elements, principles, and structure for animators, designers, and artists so they can incorporate these concepts in their work. As a practical guide it include...

Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, Third Edition

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Nancy Beiman
June 12, 2017

Successful storyboards and poignant characters have the power to make elusive thoughts and emotions tangible for audiences. Packed with illustrations that illuminate and a text that entertains and informs, Prepare to Board, 3rd edition presents the methods and techniques of animation master, Nancy B...

Procedural Generation in Game Design

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Tanya X. Short, Tarn Adams
June 1, 2017

Making a game can be an intensive process, and if not planned accurately can easily run over budget. The use of procedural generation in game design can help with the intricate and multifarious aspects of game development; thus facilitating cost reduction. This form of development enables games to c...

Building Virtual Reality with Unity and Steam VR

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Jeff W Murray
June 6, 2017

This book takes a hands-on approach to getting up and running with virtual reality using the Unity game engine. By utilizing the free SteamVR libraries, the book and its example code is compatible with the main virtual reality head mounted displays currently available. The book also takes a look at ...

Digital Love: Romance and Sexuality in Games

Heidi McDonald
November 14, 2017

Scholars and professionals from all over the world, across experience levels and the gender and sexuality spectrum, share experiences and analysis of romance and sexuality in video games. Whether discussing casual sex in the Star Wars universe; analyzing various Otome games; examining "the gaze"...

How to Cheat in Adobe Animate CC

Myra Ferguson, Chris Georgenes
November 13, 2017

Would you rather take months to learn every tool, every feature, and every concept in Adobe Animate or start right now making your own creations with just a few steps? Myra Ferguson is teaming up with Chris Georgenes to help you create great animation, bring objects to life with cool motion effects...

Punk Playthings: Provocations for 21st Century Game Makers

Sean Taylor, Chris Lowthorpe
November 10, 2017

Punk Playthings is an antidote to complacency and orthodoxy. Packed with probes and provocations that explore game making through fresh lenses for uncertain times, it challenges gaming monoculture by constructing a trading space for ideas and learning from across domains and cultures. Punk...

Situational Game Design

Brian Upton
October 31, 2017

Situational Design lays out a new methodology for designing and critiquing videogames. While most game design books focus on games as formal systems, Situational Design concentrates squarely on player experience. It looks at how playfulness is not a property of a game considered in isolation, but...

Twice the First: Quirino Cristiani and the Animated Feature Film

Giannalberto Bendazzi
October 31, 2017

Giannalberto Bendazzi brings to light some of the lost relics of animation history with his new book, Twice the First: Quirino Cristiani and the Animated Feature Film. Unlike other works, however, Bendazzi focuses on the growth of animation in non-western countries. This book particularly...

The Art of Drawing Folds: An Illustrator’s Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure

Kelly Brine
October 03, 2017

From Renaissance fresco painters to contemporary graphic novel artists, the ability to draw clothed figures from one’s imagination has always been crucial to artists – and exceptionally difficult to attain. With over 220 illustrations, The Art of Drawing Folds: An Illustrator’s Guide to Drawing the...

Game Programming for Artists

Jarryd Huntley, Hanna Brady
September 25, 2017

Game Programming for Artists provides a foundation for artists and creatives to jumpstart learning to program their own games. It is an accessible and conversational guide focused on three areas: basic programming, understanding game engines, and practical code for commonly employed game systems....

The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics: Computer Modeling & Animation, Fourth Edition

John M. Blain
September 21, 2017

Blender is a free and open source graphics program for computer modeling and animation incorporating Photorealstic Rendering, Realistic Materials, Character Rigging, Sculpting, UV Unwrapping, Compositing, Simulation, Camera and Object Tracking, Game Creation and Video Editing. The program is...

Gesture Drawing: A Story-Based Approach

April Connors
September 19, 2017

This instructional drawing book is intended to guide the reader through a story-telling based approach to gesture drawing, utilizing different techniques and exercises that encourage and develop creative problem solving as it relates to observational studies. This book clearly outlines a work flow...

On Animation Set

Ron Diamond
September 13, 2017

On Animation: The Director's Perspective is a collection of interviews with 21 animated feature-film directors. These extensive interviews were conducted over the past several years by filmmakers and educators (and peers to the directors interviewd) Tom Sito and Bill Kroyer. Interviews cover...

The Gamer's Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design

Celia Hodent
August 14, 2017

Making a successful video game is hard. Even games that are successful at launch may fail to engage and retain players in the long term due to issues with the user experience (UX) that they are delivering. The game user experience accounts for the whole experience players have with a video game,...

Acting and Character Animation: The Art of Animated Films, Acting and Visualizing

Rolf Giesen, Anna Khan
August 02, 2017

Animation has a lot to do with acting. That is, character animation, not the standardized, mechanical process of animation. Acting and animation are highly creative processes. This book is divided into two parts: From film history we learn about the importance of actors and the variety of acting...

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