If you are reading this and know anything about the contents of this book or better yet can point to a reproduction of contents those with interest in layout will be indebted to you.
I’m hoping to post some more information and examples of layout and in my review of available material one particular missing piece of reference is known as ‘The Layout Book’.
The Layout Book is referenced by Frank and Ollie in their book ‘Disney’s The Illusion of Life’ and examples from that reference can be seen therein especially noted on page 212 which begins their section on Layout. The images are quite small and are only meant to be an example, mainly for historical purposes, of what Disney was using in production, especially in the early years of feature animation.
I would not be surprise to find that portions of the book have been published in other places but… I’ve yet to see any place where the contents are collected together.
There are layouts… and then there are master layouts of the sort that immediately suggest how animated production will proceed. Don Bluth learned from these masters of the craft and I had the honor of seeing some of his layout prowess first hand as he sketched out layouts quickly and instinctively.
If you know anything about the contents of this book or better yet can point to a reproduction of contents (in whole or in part) those with interest in layout will be indebted to you.
Included (below): an image of pages from The Layout Book out of ‘Illusion of Life’ page 212 entitled ‘Working Continuity’.