Facial Animation Books

The following is a list of our recommended books for anyone getting into character animation and in particular facial animation. Please let us know if you would like to recommend a book that is not listed here.

General animation principles and techniques

The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, and Internet Animators by Richard Williams

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Timing for Animation by Harold Whitaker and John Halas

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Acting for Animators by Ed Hooks

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Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson

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Animation in the Home Digital Studio: Creation to Distribution by Steven Subotnick

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The Animation Book : A Complete Guide to Animated Filmmaking-From Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons to 3-D Animation by Kit Laybourne

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Animation from Script to Screen by Shamus Culhane

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Anatomy and Facial Expression

The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin

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Animating Facial Features and Expressions by Bill Fleming and Darris Dobbs

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Computer Facial Animation by Frederick I. Parke and Keith Waters

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Muybridge's Complete Human and Animal Locomotion: New Volume 1 (Reprint of original volumes 1-4) by Eadweard Muybridge

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Animals in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge

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3D Character Modeling and Animation

Digital Character Animation by George Maestri

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Digital Character Animation 2, Volume I : Essential Techniques by George Maestri

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Inspired 3D Character Animation by Kyle Clark

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Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right by Jason Osipa

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3-D Human Modeling and Animation, Second Edition by Peter Ratner

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Maya Character Animation by Jaejin Choi

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Maya Character Creation: Modeling and Animation Controls, First Edition by Chris Maraffi

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2D Animation

The Animator's Workbook by Tony White

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Cartoon Animation (The Collector's Series) by Preston Blair

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Producing Independent 2D Character Animation: Making & Selling A Short Film by Mark Simon

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Flash 5 Cartoons and Games f/x and Design by Bill Turner

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Flash Cartoon Animation: Learn from the Pros by Glenn Kirkpatrick

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Stop Motion Animation

Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation by Susannah Shaw

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Creating 3d Animation by Peter Lord

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Stop-Motion Armature Machining: A Construction Manual by Tom Brierton

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Scriptwriting

How to Write for Animation by Jeffrey Scott

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Gardner's Guide to Animation Scriptwriting: The Writer's Road Map by Marilyn Webber, Nic Banks and Bonney Ford

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Cinematography

Digital Cinematography & Directing by Dan Ablan

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Digital Lighting & Rendering by Jeremy Birn

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Digital Texturing & Painting by Owen Demers

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