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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing; 1 edition (April 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940373736
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940373734
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Defined as a book for beginners, its 200 pages offer a lot more – insights, a wide variety of worthy films, cultural references, creative stimuli, love and passion for animation. All these make the book a pleasure for anyone involved with animation. Six chapters lead the reader through all components of creating an animated film:

1. What is Stop-motion? 2. Focusing the idea. 3. The Puppets. 4. Preparations. 5. Tools and techniques. 6. Movement and performance. In these Purves relates to historical developments, to details such as light, color, editing and texture and to the 'thinking' and 'doing' involved in the creative process.

The book’s clever design takes advantage of habits developed by TV and internet conventions. Its pages have several ‘windows’ of concise text, color pictures, informative captions for pictures, glossary with explanations for key terms, quotes of mentioned animators and “thinking points” – recommended viewing, suggested exercises and creative tips. All relating to the essence of the medium.'

Tsvika Oren, www.asifa.net (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation / International Animated Film Association)

‘This is the must-have book for the stop-motion animator who wants to learn what it is to be a professional.’
Pike Baker, www.stopmotionmagazine.com

‘I wish I had a book like this when I was starting out, because what Mr. Purves writes about is not only a fine introduction to the craft, but also a compilation of the kind of wisdom and insight that one can usually only gain over a very long period of time making films. And Mr. Purves' ability to boil things down to a few essential sentences on such matters as: Point of View, The Illusion of Movement and Making It 'Read,' is why this book is an interesting read as well enlightening. To say this book is a perfect companion for anyone interested in stop-motion at any level is a tremendous understatement.’
Mark Osborne, co-director of DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda (www.awn.com)

‘If you are interested in stop-motion character animation - past, present or future - then Barry Purves’ Basics Animation: Stop Motion is for you. Who better to guide us through the history of the medium, the techniques and the process of filmmaking than master animator Purves (Screen Play) himself... A good basic text book for any student of the art form, and a great read for those of us who simply enjoy watching it.’
www.cartoonbrew.com

'Although focused on stop motion animation, this is an essential read for animators from all walks of life... offering advice and tips from writing to filming and from designing to modelling, there is always something more you can learn page by page. Broken up into sections for quick reference, you will not only develop your skills as an animator but also learn the history of the trade as well as being given practical and imaginative exercises to try out in your own time.

It is illustrated with screens and artwork from the most famous to the most obscure. If you are interested in stop-motion animation, this is where you want to begin, even by the end of the first chapter you will find yourself wanting to start experimenting with different ideas. This is not simply a book you will read once. As you grow as a film maker you will come back again and again, always finding something new to try, and always be left wanting to try more.'
www.animatormag.com

About the Author

Barry Purves is a stop-motion animator and director with more than thirty years’ experience. His films have won more than 60 major international awards, including Grand Prix's, Best Director, Best Film, and Oscar nominations.

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By Kimberly on July 31 2014
Format: Paperback
Looking for a more in depth step-by-step book into stop-motion animation not a review on artist styles..
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30 Years experience in my bookshelf April 29 2010
By Jack Tytherleigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a final year Animation student just weeks before my final deadline, all I can say is this;
If I had read this 3 years ago, I can't begin to imagine how much stronger my work would be right now.

Although focused on Stop motion animation, this is an essential read for animators from all walks of life. It's difficult to describe exactly what this book is, it is not just simply a reference to various techniques and skills, it is more a recording of over 30 years of experience. Barry Purves delivers a personal look into not only the advantages but also the drawbacks of each style of animation, offering advice and tips from writing to filming and from designing to modelling, there is always something more you can learn page by page. Broken up into sections for quick reference, you will not only develop your skills as an animator but also learn the history of the trade as well as being given practical and imaginative exercises to try out in your own time.

Even as a 2D animator reading through this stop motion book I can't begin to describe how much I learnt reading through this. Illustrated with screens and artwork from the most famous to the most obscure, I couldn't help but start thinking of what I myself would do with stop motion, even starting to write out scripts and trying to figure out how puppets would look. Essentially, if you are interested in animation, this is where you want to begin, even by the end of the first chapter you will find yourself wanting to start experimenting with different ideas. This is not simply a book you will read once. As you grow as a film maker you will come back again and again, always finding something new to try, and always be left, wanting to try more.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
very good July 7 2010
By Consuelo Leal Garza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very good choice to know about stop-motion animation. Very clear, without complications. Yet, I have to make clear this is a book about stop-motion animation in a general view, IT IS NOT about stop-motion technique or a "How-to" book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stop Motion by Barry Purves April 20 2010
By Vicky Mather - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the book I have been looking for for the past couple of years. It not only acts as a decent reference book containing a hand picked collection of some of the finest (old and new) examples of stop motion animation, but it is also incredibly informative and educational and breaks down what is required to make a successful film using this technique. Barry breaks up this book in to sections dedicated to each part of the film making process, helping the reader get an idea of where to aim in their approach to making an animation. He is a hugely active person in the animation industry and the information contained in this book is invaluable to anyone thinking of making a film using stop motion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book June 18 2010
By andy p. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being an animation teacher I am always looking out for great resources for my students. This book has it all in one smoothly designed package. AVA have produced a stunning book that collects and combines factual "how to" information with the history and references needed to help those getting started. The book is peppered with inspiring images, giving even the avid fan something new to look into. Well-done AVA - a great book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Insightfull! March 16 2013
By Joe Edmondson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This covers not just the technical details of stop-motion puppets, but film making as a whole! Definitely a keeper for all!


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