- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (24 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240817044
- ISBN-13: 978-0240817040
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,07,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rotoscoping: Techniques and Tools for the Aspiring Artist Paperback – 24 Feb 2011
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"This book is very well written. Everything is covered in great detail, yet it is a very enjoyable read, never boring, and offers plenty of wit and wisdom from someone who has himself been in the trenches. He more recently supplied roto work on such notable films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and X-Men: First Class. Rotoscoping is certainly an art in itself, and Benjamin makes this clear. Roto artists are the "ninja of the compositing world," he says, as their art is invisible to the rest of us. That's a good thing in this instance, of course! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in roto work, or roto artists who want to improve their work process. There is plenty to be gained from having this book in your library, and, quite simply, there is no other book like this one out there. Thanks Benjamin!"--Renderosity.com
From the Back Cover
Master what it takes to make your rotoscoping blend seamlessly into each shot. Through illustrious 4-color presentation, this book features step-by-step instruction on the artistic techniques of rotoscoping with lessons on: *Articulate mattes *Motion tracking *Advanced rotoscoping techniques, and much more The book also features practical insight on the subject and industry, delving into: *the history and evolution of rotoscoping and the role of the rotoscoper in the overall VFX pipeline *a typical day in the life of a rotoscoper *how to get a job as a rotoscoper
The companion CD and website, www.rotoscopingbook.com, provides project files, sample movies, as well as other bonus materials.See all Product description
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+ Topic well covered
+ Applicable techniques
+ Easy and enjoyable to read
- Not much depth beyond the immediate roto task
- Some Illustrations not ideal.
You learn where to put your splines, how to animate and combine them, how to deal with motion blur and what to do if you are done and your shapes are jittering. It exactly fits in where other books fail. After studying great compositing books I was able to build a Keyer from scratch but the first attempt to roto an actor over 10 frames failed miserably. This book paid off on those 10 frames alone.
Benjamin assumes you aspire to start as a full time roto artist. I don’t and for me a chapter about work ethics - which includes advice on music during work – was mildly entertaining though useless. Instead, I would appreciate sound advice beyond the immediate roto task itself. For example, Benjamin talks about the importance of estimating roto work properly, but there are no example estimates for any of the shots, no comparison between beginner and pro etc. In another case you read that sometimes roto can be avoided by good keying, again no examples where an artist was successfully saving hours of roto with a clever key. Whenever the book deviates from the main task, it feels slightly superficial.
The many different roto examples in the book are great although I found some of the storyboards a bit cumbersome and wished for more video clips and training footage on the website. However, mostly that wasn’t a big issue.
A helpful book for anyone who needs roto including the aspiring (roto) artist.