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Do you dream of rockets blasting into space, heroes battling monsters or robots dancing disco? Anything is possible with ANIMATION!
Do you dream of rockets blasting into space, heroes battling monsters or robots dancing disco? Anything is possible with ANIMATION!
Do you dream of rockets blasting into space, heroes battling monsters or robots dancing disco? Anything is possible with ANIMATION!
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Making animated videos and films used to involve:

  • Years of College Classes
  • Expensive Equipment
  • Specialized Software

With this book, you can make your first animated video in a few hours using equipment you already own!

I love animation, and I bet you do too. It can be beautiful (Fantasia), Romantic (Wall-E), weird (Yellow Submarine), or funny (anything Bugs Bunny). The final film/video is a reflection of the animator and the medium in which they choose to animate.

The world is full of things to animate and stories to tell. You may find yourself walking through an art gallery or see a sculpture on the street and think," I would love to animate that!"

Bottom Line: The World is Waiting for your story!

The goal of my workshops and now this book is to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the art of animation. It is an amazing medium for self-expression and fun.

Animation use to be something only large production companies could make. This book destroys their monopoly on art in motion. You are now free to make your own animated movies in your own home.

The Home Animation Handbook -
Basic Edition

The Home Animation Handbook - Basic Edition is an illustrated guide to bring you from no experience to creating your first animated video. It includes one animation project to walk you through the basics and finishes with the fundamentals to make you a better animator.

Extended Version

In the Extended Version, we cover the Basic Edition and then move you beyond your first video to being a Home Animation Master. Complete with 10+ projects; each one is a different style of animation.

This book is full of:

  • Easy to follow steps
  • Beautiful illustrations
  • Screenshots for technical parts
  • Photos of each process
  • Tons of tips & tricks along the way

VIDEO COURSE

The video course follows along with the extended book giving you a video version of each chapter. For those that prefer to learn via video, this is a must have!

 Voice Over Actor: Michael Corley

Past Student's Video

Every day of the Kickstarter campaign we will be adding a new animated short created by individuals in workshops Jason has put on. Come back daily to see the newest addition.

Created by a 3 teenagers during workshop.

By professional artists

To demonstrate the potential of animation, every day we will be posting an animated short by a variety of artists.

"Hillarys Adventures in Politics" by Jason Love.

Today's Animation-A-Day is created using Adobe Flash.

We do not teach Flash Software in the course but it will help you prepare to use software like this.

Thanks for making it all the way to the bottom of the page.

I will assume if you are still reading that you're very excited about spreading the love of animating. If you think this needs to get funded, then please back the project and share it with the world.

Online PR Team

Want to spread the word like wildfire? 

You can help by contacting blogs that you love and share this project with them. I am trying to reach as many people as I can, but I am only one man.

The short link to this page is http://kck.st/1uUwI6J

Bloggers & Podcasters

For blogger or podcaster. If you want to get in touch with me for an interview or have a question, you can message me through Kickstarter.

If you do something on this campaign, I would love to see it and share it on here. You can send that to me with a Kickstarter message as well.

Social Media

I bet your friends would like to learn how to animate.

Show them how much you love them by sharing this Kickstarter on Facebook, Twitter, and where ever else you kids are hanging out these days.

I have many people to thank for making this campaign possible. I can not name them all and many would prefer I don't name them here. 

However, I will list those that directly contributed to this page or marketing this campaign.

  • I have to thank Denise Esposito for giving me permission to use her mixed media portrait of Steven Spielberg (at top of this page). You can see more of her work on Facebook or Deviant Art.
  • A big thank you goes to Jason Joel for giving me permission to use a clip from his Stop-Motion Music video. You can see the entire thing Here.
    Jason also co-hosts a podcast on creativity at creativeconfidants.com. It is one of the few podcasts I listen to every week.
  • I would also like to thank Wallace Jones for giving me permission to use a clip from his stop-motion King Kong video. If you love stop-motion, check out his web page stopmotion.moonfruit to see some of his great work.
  • Thank you to Michael Corley for doing the voice on the Final Week Video. You can visit his website & webcomic at voxboxcomics.com.

Media Mentions

Other Great Books

Here is a list of books that would be great to read after finishing our course.

Risks and challenges

I fear my biggest risk is a zombie apocalypse. To help my survival, I am trying to surround myself with people who run slower than me.

By the way, if you run a mile in more than 15 minutes you can hang out at my house anytime.

With this project, there is no shipping involved and no publishing company to deal with. Writing the book will be simple since I have writing experience and the book is based on my workshop, it will be a matter of taking my lecture and adjusting it to the written page.

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE:
    Basic Home Animation Handbook.

    With this PDF, you will learn the basics of how to make animated videos using equipment you already own.

    NOTE: ALL levels will get access to each chapter as they are completed with the opportunity to critique, influence, and improve the book.

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    JUMP START THIS KICKSTART:

    The first 100 backers get the e-book extended version for less. Receive the $10 reward for only $8.

    Don't wait, grab this discounted reward today.

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    EXTENDED VERSION:

    Receive a PDF copy of the extended version of the e-book. Learn the basics of animating from home, plus detailed walkthroughs of over 10 styles of animation. The book is easy to read with beautiful illustrations, screenshots and photos.

    When you finish all the projects you will be a master of animation.

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    EARLY BIRD/TURKEY SPECIAL
    VIDEO COURSE + EXTENDED E-BOOK:

    For Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all our backers. To show my appreciation we are offering the $5 off if you back at this level before December 1st.

    You get the $25 package for ONLY $20. This special is "stuffed" full of Thanksgiving value!

    ENDS NOVEMBER 30 at 11:59 PM PST

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    VIDEO COURSE + ABOVE:

    The extended e-book with video versions of each chapter.

    PLUS: An extra chapter with tips from professional animators.

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    SPONSOR!!!

    Get listed in the appendix of the book as an "Official Sponsor" along with your own single sentence (two max) and a URL to the website of your choice.

    Plus the Extended e-book and Video Course.

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    ADVERTISER!!!

    Get a premium listing on the inside cover with a full paragraph describing your product or service with company logo, and link to your website. This is a great way to reach creatives and artists with your product or service!

    Plus the Extended e-book and Video Course.

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    LIVE ONLINE!

    A one-hour skype call with Jason Love.

    The call can be for one-on-one coaching or Jason can talk to a group. Such as classrooms or small businesses.

    Topics can include animation, creativity, marketing, or a topic of your choice.

    Plus the Extended e-book and Video Course.

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    DO IT FOR ME!

    Jason will make you a 30 second animated video. You come up with the idea and Jason will make it.

    Plus the Extended e-book and Video Course.

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    Jason will come to you and put on a day long workshop. Great for team building or just for fun.

    Some restrictions apply.

    Message Jason for details.

    Plus the Extended e-book and Video Course for all participants of the workshop.

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