The Animator’s Survival Kit 12+

Faber and Faber

Designed for iPad

    • 3.3 • 31 Ratings
    • $34.99

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World-renowned animator and triple-Oscar-winner Richard Williams presents ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit’ for iPad.

Taking the globally bestselling Kit to a whole new dimension, this app provides the underlying principles that every animator needs. Aspiring or professional, digital, classical or stop motion, animators can now engage with Williams and his work like never before. Watch unreleased films or interact with over 100 animated examples — learn from the legend himself.

■ the complete ‘Expanded Edition’ of ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit’
■ over 100 animated examples from ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit Animated’ DVD box set, scrubbable frame-by-frame
■ ‘onion-skinning’ functionality on selected animated examples, showing previous and following frames live
■ previously unreleased animations by Richard Williams, including a 9-minute film, ‘Circus Drawings’
■ new pieces-to-camera from Richard Williams to put the app in context

“A sublime and spellbinding app... It epitomizes everything an eBook-app crossbreed should be. It uses the full capabilities of the iPad’s processing power and screen to deliver a visually stunning, entertaining and enthralling masterpiece... If you’re a budding animator with a spare $35, you won’t regret it.”
—The Next Web, Pick of the Day, 29 April 2013

“The Animator’s Survival Kit app is a joy to use for anyone interested in animation, and suitable for any level of ability.”
—CG Channel

“I can’t imagine an audience who won’t love this app. From school kids, just growing an interest in drawing to retirees, this book / app is perfect for anyone looking for a wonderful excursion into a new topic or attempting to expand their craft.”

“an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE for any animators with an iPad. If you are an animator, and you don’t have an iPad, you may even consider buying one just for this app alone. It really is that good!”
—Animation Scoop

“We love it. It is better than the book, better than the DVD series. It perfectly combines the best qualities of print and video... a huge step forward for learning animation.”
—Animation Apprentice

“The essential tool for both aspiring novice and seasoned pro. I love that an animator can step forward and backwards through the animation. The ‘slide to animate’ bar below the animated clips is very useful as it allows you to isolate and study a particular arc or path of action. Moving your finger left and right, slowly or quickly, advances or rewinds the action. Being able to study the animated examples without having to load up a DVD on another device is amazingly useful. Now it is obvious that this is the way to view and learn from the animated examples.”
—Rob Coleman, two-time Oscar nominee, Animation Director on the Star Wars prequels

“Good news for animators of all stripes – pro or student, digital and hand-drawn. The master himself demonstrates principles of character animation with interactive samples and exclusive extras (including new Williams shorts). Now you can have access to Williams’ wisdom all the time. It’s a must-have for both studios and classrooms – smart, stylish and a class act all the way!”
—John Canemaker, NYU animation professor and Academy Award winner

What’s New

Version 1.1.1

General application optimisation and updates

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

CrispLimbs ,

No sound! Fix this, please!

Like the other recent reviews, THE VIDEOS IN APP HAVE NO SOUND. The whole point of getting this was to have additional features than the printed book! It isn’t useless because mostly animation doesn’t need sound to be informative, but I’m very disappointed that this has not been resolved after a YEAR of complaints. I’m not hopeful about any upcoming changes.

Emerald23dragon ,

All Animators should have this

I love this app! It’s perfect if you're just starting out or have been in the industry for years and want to remember the basics. I own the book as well and for the extra video content alone, this app is worth the cost. I’ve never run into any sound issues - I bought this back when I had the iPad 2, now I have the iPad Pro and it still works like a charm.

Although there is no way to bookmark in the app it does have a very nicely laid out table of contents that will take you back to any chapter.

If the price tag has you scared there is a demo version you can try out - that’s how they reeled me in.

Elyaradine ,

Used to crash, but back to working

The book is excellent. The app used to be, but it’s now unusable, at least on iOS14.

Update: the latest update fixed the crashes, and it’s back to being invaluable. Thank you for updating the app!

App Privacy

The developer, Faber and Faber, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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