Book Recommendations

Animation

  • "Illusion of Life" - Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston
  • "Animators Survival Kit" - Richard Williams
  • "Timing for Animation" - Harold Whitaker & John Halas
  • "La magia del dibujo animado" - Raul Garcia
  • "Actores del Lapiz" - Raul Garcia
  • "The Animation Book" - Kit Laybourne
  • "Creating 3-D animation" - Peter Lord, Brian Sibley
  • "Cartoon animation" - Preston Blair
  • "Animation from script to screen" - Shamus Culhane
  • "The Nightmare before Christmas" - Frank Thompson
  • "The Animation Studio" - Christopher Hart
  • "How to draw Animation" - Christopher Hart
  • "Toy Story: Art and Making of" - J. Lasseter, Steve Daly
  • "Animators workbook" - Tony White
  • "Digital Character Animation (1 & 2)" - George Maestri
  • "Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2D and CG" - Angie Jones/ Jamie Oliff
  • "Inspired 3D Character Animation" - Kyle Clark & Michael Ford
  • "Inspired 3D Short Film Production" - Pepe Valencia & Jeremy Cantor

Acting / Performance

  • "Impro: Improvisation and the Theater" - Keith Johnstone
  • "Acting Under the Circumstances" - Brestoff
  • "A Practical handbook For the Actor" - Bruder et al
  • "Sanford Meisner on Acting" - Meisner/Longwell
  • "Building a Character" - Stanislavski
  • "Respect for Acting" - Uta Hagen
  • "Stanislavsky in Focus" - Sharon M. Carnicke
  • "Lessons for the Actor" - Michael Chekhov
  • "The Audition Book" - Ed Hooks
  • "Acting for Animators" - Ed Hooks
  • "An Actor Prepares" - Stanislavski
  • "The Empty Space" - PETER BROOK

Animation History

  • "To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios" - Karen Paik, Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, and John Lasseter
  • "The Hanna-Barbera Treasury" (Hardcover) - Jerry Beck
  • "Before Mickey: The Animated Film 1898-1928" - Donald Crafton
  • "Cartoon: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation" - Giannalberto Bendazzi
  • "Chuck Amuck" - Chuck Jones
  • "I tawt I taw a puddy tat: 50 years of WB" - Jerry Beck
  • "Experimental Animation" - Robert Russell and Cecile Starr
  • "The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings" - Charles Solomon
  • "That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation" - Steve Scheneider
  • "Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons" - Leonard Maltin

Animation / Film Technical

  • "Understanding Digital Cinema: A Professional Handbook" - Charles S. Swartz
  • "Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right" - Jason Osipa
  • "Digital Character Animation (1 & 2)" - George Maestri
  • "Inspired 3D Character Animation" - Kyle Clark & Michael Ford
  • "Inspired 3D Short Film Production " - Pepe Valencia & Jeremy Cantor

Reference

  • "Body Language: How to read other's thoughts by their gestures" - Allan Pease
  • "Emotions Revealed : Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life" - Paul Ekman
  • "Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists" - Mark Simon
  • "The Male and Female Figure in Motion " - Edward Muybridge
  • "Animals in motion" - Edward Muybridge
  • "Historic Costume in Pictures" - Dover Books
  • "Animals" (1419 Copyright-Free Illustrations) - Dover Books
  • "Resemblances: Amazing Faces by Charles Le Brun" - Harlin Quist
  • "The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression" - Gary Faigin
  • "Heads" - Alex Kayser
  • "Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage" - Paul Ekman

Anatomy / Drawing / Body Language

  • "Simpified Drawing for Planning Animation" - Wayne Gilbert
  • "Manwatching" - Desmond Morris
  • "Animal watching " - Desmond Morris
  • "Atlas of Human Anatomy" - Stephen Rogers Peck
  • "An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists" - Fritz Schider
  • "Body Language" - Julius Fast
  • "Teach yourself Body Language" - Gordon Wainwright
  • "Art Anatomy" - William Rimmer
  • "How to draw the human figure" - Emilio Freixas
  • "Big book of Cartooning" - Bruce Blitz
  • "Cartooning the Head and Figure" - Jack Hamm
  • "Drawing on the Artist Within" - Betty Edwards
  • "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" - Betty Edwards
  • "Dynamic Light and Shade" - Burne Hogarth
  • "Skeleton" - Steve Parker - Eyewitness Books
  • "El gran libro de como dibujar Comics" - Cels Piñol
  • "Cartoon Dogs, Puppies and Wolves" - Christopher Hart
  • "Comic Book Bad guys and gals" - Christopher Hart
  • "Constructive Anatomy " - George B. Bridgeman
  • "The Natural Way to Draw" - Kimon Nicolaides
  • "Gesture Drawing" (notes) - Walt Stanchfield
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Film

  • "Film Directing Fundamentals" - Nicholas T. Proferes
  • "The Film Experience" - Timothy Corrigan & Patricia White
  • "Understanding Movies " - Louis Giannetti
  • "Hitchcock" - Francois Truffaut
  • "Directing: Screencraft " - Mike Goodridge
  • "Setting Up your Shots" - Jeremy Vineyard
  • "Shot by Shot" - Steven D. Katz
  • "Cinematic Motion" - Steven D. Katz
  • "The Technique of Film Editing" - Karel Reisz, Gavin Millar
  • "Making Movies " - Sidney Lumet
  • "Directing Motion Pictures" - Terence St.John Marner
  • "Video Basics " - Herbert Zettl
  • "On Directing Film " - David Mamet
  • "Objetivo: Corto" - Lola Fernandez, Montaña Vazquez
  • "Film Form" - Eisenstat
  • "Film Sense" - Eisenstat
  • "the Eye is quicker" - Richard D. Pepperman
  • "Making Movies Work" - Jon Boorstin
  • "In the Blink of an Eye" - Walter Murch
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Cinematography

  • "Painting with Light " - John Alton
  • "Digital Lighting & Rendering" - Jeremy Birn
  • "Design Basics" - David A. Lauer, Stephen Pentak
  • "Pantone: Guide to Communicating with Color" - Leatrice Eiseman
  • "Color Harmony: A guide to Color Combinations" - Bride M. Whelan
  • "5 C's of Cinematography" - Joseph Mascelli
  • "Black and White: Landscapes" - Terry Hope
  • "Screencraft: Cinematography" - Peter Ettedgui
  • "The Visual Story: Seeing the Structure of Film, TV and New Media" - Bruce Block.
  • "The Visual Story (Second Edition): Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media" - Bruce Block
  • "Pixel Cinematography" (Siggraph '96 - Panel #30)
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  • "The Art and Science of Digital Compositing" - Ron Brinkmann, Ron Brinkman
  • "Cinematic Storytelling " - .Jennifer Van Sijll
  • "Cinematography: Theory and Prctice" - Blain Brown
  • "Lighting for Television and Film" - Gerald Millerson
  • "Reinventing Music Video: Directors, their inspiration and work" - Matt Hanson
  • "The Technique of Special Effects Cinematography" - Raymond Fielding
  • "Film Lighting: Hollywood's Cinematographers & Gaffers" - Kris Malkiewicz
  • "Light-Science & Magic: Intro to Photographic Lighting" - Paul Fugua
  • "Digital Compositing" - Scott Jenkins
  • "Digital Textures and Painting" - Owen Demers
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Writing / Script Writing

  • "How to Write Animation" - Jeffrey Scott
  • "Writing Short Films: Structure and Content for Screenwriters" - Linda J. Cowgill
  • "Writing the Short Film" - Patricia Cooper, Ken Dancyger, Pat Cooper
  • "Writing Short Scripts" - William H. Phillips
  • "Screenwriting from the Soul: Letters to an Aspiring Screenwriter" - Richard W.Krevolin
  • "Conflict, Action and Suspense" - William Noble
  • "Writers Journey" - Christopher Vogler
  • "Making A Good Script Great" - Linda Seger
  • "Story" - Robert Mckee.
  • "Writting Down the Bones" - Natalie Goldberg
  • "Wild Mind" - Natalie Goldberg
  • "Bird by Bird" - Ann Lamott
  • "Zen and the Art of Writting" - Ray Bradbury

Comics / Personal Inspiration

  • "The Art of Puppeteer" - Verge
  • "Blacksad" - Juanjo Guarnido. Juan Diaz Canales
  • "El Archivista " - Schuiten. Peeters
  • "Monster Allergy " - Centomo. Enoch. De Martino
  • "Kabbala" - Gregory Charlet
  • "Le Docteur Heraclius Gloss" - J. S. Bordas
  • "Frezzato: Sketchbook " - Heavy Metal
  • "Nira Works" - Yasushi Nirasawa
  • "HR Giger: Retrospective" - Morpheus International
  • "Darkwerks: The Art of Brom" - FPG
  • "Sandman" - Neil Gaiman
  • "Dustcovers" - Dave Mckean
  • "Calvin and Hobbes" - Bill Watterson
  • "JTHM: Director's Cut" - Jhonen Vasquez
  • "SQUEE'S" - Jhonen Vasquez
  • "Burton on Burton" - Mark Salisbury
  • "Airbrush in Japan" - Page One Publishing
  • "Sin City: That Yellow Bastard" - Frank Miller
  • "Destiny" - Kwitney, Williams, Zulli
  • "Hellboy" - Mike Mignola
  • "Louder than words" - Sergio Aragones
  • "Faeries" - Brian Froud, Alan Lee
  • "Bad Faeries " - Brian Froud
  • "The Fantastic Art of Beksinski" - Zdzislaw Beksinski
  • "Poco" - Richard Castells
  • "Dead End" - Thomas Ott
  • "QUINO - Quinoterapia" - Editorial Lumen
  • "The Magic of M. C. Escher" - M. C. Escher
  • "M.S.Era" - Bandai
  • "The Thief of Always" - Clive Barker
  • "Los Guardianes del Maser" - Frezzato
  • "Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy" - Tim Burton
  • "Cocina Ligera"- Leonora Ramirez