DOI link for Computer Animation
Computer Animation book
This chapter concentrates on techniques used in 3D animation. There also exist a rich set of algorithms to help with 2D animation production and post-processing of images created by computer graphics rendering systems. These include techniques for cleaning up scanned-in artist drawings, feature extraction, automatic 2D in-betweening, colorization, image warping, enhancement and compositing, and many others. The chapter argues that in the field of computer animation, any technical sophistication is secondary to a good story, expressive characters, and other artistic factors, most of which are hard or simply impossible to quantify. It is safe to say that Snow White and her seven dwarfs will always share the screen with green ogres and donkeys, and most of the audience will be much more interested in the characters and the story rather than in which, if any, computers helped to create them.