Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short - The Making of The Autiton Archives - Fault Effect - Pilot Webisode, Book on

The author, Michael Scaramozzino, at a book signing following a lecture for the MIT Animation Group.
The author, Michael Scaramozzino, at a book signing following a lecture for the MIT Animation Group.

Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short presents an insightful behind-the-scenes tour of the entire 3D animation production process for 3D artists, animators, and independent filmmakers who are interested in creating their own 3D Animated CGI short films as well as for those who are simply fans and enthusiasts of CGI films.

The book is over 500 pages chock full of detailed examples of every step of the production process; from initial concept through character design, set design, 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, camera animation, 3D character animation, lip sync, 3D rendering, post-production, compositing, and all the way to film festival submissions and online web distribution.

This comprehensive book also includes a companion CD-ROM with full color high resolution images from the book as well as many animated samples along with two of my full 3D animated CGI short films, Fault Effect™ and the award winning BlastOff!™ which screened at over 15 US and international film festivals.

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Michael Scaramozzino giving a 3D Animation lecture to the MIT
Michael Scaramozzino giving a lecture, screening & book signing of “Creating a 3D Animation CGI Short” to the MIT Animation Group.

Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short – Amazon Book Reviews

See what some of those who have read the book had to say about it…

5-Star Gold Stars The BEST book on creating shorts (and Indie Animation) with Lightwave.

I own and have read a lot of books on various topics in computer animation, and this book is the most meticulous, practical and easy-to-follow resource I own for creating short films without a big team of employees. It appealed to me specifically because I needed a book that discusses using Lightwave 3D in an indie-scale pipeline. The book does that but also covers much more. The author does a great job of documenting his process from concept to final rendering, of two short films: 1) About a stuffed alien toy that imagines a trip around the solar system, and 2) the pilot episode for a web-based series. I bought this book back in September and finished it in about a week, but since that time I have used it to clearly map out my path to creating a web series of my own. I highly recommend this book for users of Lightwave (and Modo), and anyone who generally wants to learn about making an independent short. It’s a great book.

– Jonathan Webb

5-Star Gold Stars About Time There Was a How-To Book on Animated Shorts!

“I don’t often write reviews, but this book, Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short: The Making is the Autition Archives – Fault Effect by Michael Scaramozzino, left me no alternative. First, there are very few books available to the independent filmmaker – especially when it comes to animation. This book by Mr. Scaramozzino fills a large void and is most definitely welcome. And second, it is a well-written detailed account of this project.

Fault Effect is a beautifully animated and artistically brilliant animated short written, produced and directed by the author, Michael Scaramozzino. And this book I am reviewing is about how Mr. Scaramozzino created Fault Effect.

Okay… what does it offer? Essentially this is a step-by-step how-to book showing how Michael created Fault Effect pretty much on his own with standard off-the-shelf software along with lots of perseverence and determination. From concept to final creation, it is chock-full of what to do and what to look out for. He offers very useful advice when it comes to making your own short (or feature if you are so inclined) and explains what the differences are between large productions and smaller ones such as Fault Effect. I’ve found lots of useful information that I will be using in my own short and I’m looking forward to implementing quite a bit of the info he provided. And the included DVD is just an added bonus and contains color pictures of everything in the book as well as the Fault Effect short and award-winning BlastOff! short.”

– David Williams

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