Action Analysis &Animation &Animation Artifacts &Tissa David 27 Sep 2012 06:57 am

Tissa’s Class

– There was a time in New York when Tissa David taught a class in animation for free, open to anyone who wanted to attend. This was sponsored by R.O. Blechman out of his studio, the Ink Tank. It was held after hours, so that those who worked in the business could attend.

There were several sets of notes I’ve seen taken from Tissa’s talks, kind of a poor man’s version of Dick Williams‘ famous Art Babbit notes. A copy of Dick’s notes circulated within the business and quite a few people studied from them. Recently, John Canemaker loaned me a copy of Eugene Salandra‘s notes from Tissa’s class. Eugene had graduated from John’s class at NYU and had become a professional in New York, before he moved to California to work for Disney. As a professional, he was able to cut to the quick to synthesize Tissa’s basic lessons. I was impressed, and I contacted Eugene to see if he minded my posting some of the pages. He was supportive of the idea and hoped that he would help get the information out to others.

So, here I’m posting the first batch of these notes, which I think are very readable. (You’ll have to click on any of the images to enlarge so that you can read them.) If the reaction is good, I’ll offer more. This group is predominantly about walk and run cycles. But if you look close enough, you’ll see that they cover a lot more.

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11 Responses to “Tissa’s Class”

  1. on 27 Sep 2012 at 7:35 am 1.John said …

    Great. I love this blog.

  2. on 27 Sep 2012 at 7:53 am 2.Mark Mayerson said …

    Michael, please print all of these that you have.

  3. on 27 Sep 2012 at 7:57 am 3.Stephen Macquignon said …

    This is great thank you

  4. on 27 Sep 2012 at 8:11 am 4.Andy J Latham said …

    I loved looking through these. I got a couple of bits from them to try! I’d love to see any more that you have Michael.

    Thanks very much for sharing! :D

  5. on 27 Sep 2012 at 11:38 am 5.Marie said …

    Whatever you have to share is helpful. Thanks!

  6. on 27 Sep 2012 at 2:08 pm 6.richard o'connor said …

    We have a loose leaf binder full of someone’s notes from this class.

    Did our best to reproduce them.

    There may be a few missing from that category, but it’s a few years worth.

  7. on 27 Sep 2012 at 6:15 pm 7.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    Holy Mackerel! These are great! Thanks much to you and John for letting us see these. Thanks also to Richard O.

  8. on 27 Sep 2012 at 7:53 pm 8.Alex M said …

    HOW COOL! Thanks Mr. Sporn and Mr. O’connor as well!

  9. on 28 Sep 2012 at 7:43 am 9.Michael said …

    Moe next Thursday. The whole thing is excellent and well presented. Nice job, Eugene Salandra. It has nothing to do with me or Richard O’Connor. We’re just messengers. Tissa delivered the stuff and Eugene caught it.

  10. on 28 Sep 2012 at 5:58 pm 10.Vold said …

    thanks for this :)

  11. on 29 Sep 2012 at 3:07 pm 11.Roberto Naldi said …

    Thank you so much! I hope you could gradually post all the set of notes. It would be great!

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