Back in December veteran animator John Celestri posted notes from a seminar he conducted at Nelvana Studios back in 1981 that provide some great information on the process and production of animation.
He states in his blog that these notes where created prior to the release of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston’s “Illusion of Life” when animators didn’t have access to such information and had to learn it largely through individual experimentation. In his blog commentary he emphasizes that while the process as outlined in the seminar notes specifically addresses hand drawn animation it applies just as well to computer animation.
I’ve collected the notes into a single PDF file and attached it here but make sure you visit John’s blog for the original posts and to get his commentary and context for them. He has lots other great information there also so don’t miss out!
John Celestri Nelvana Seminar Part 1 (1981)
John Celestri Nelvana Seminar Part 2 (1981)
John Celestri Nelvana Seminar – collected notes (PDF)
John’s blog/site: http://johncelestri.blogspot.com/