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30 Years experience in my bookshelf April 29 2010
By Jack Tytherleigh - Published on
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
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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
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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.
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Insightfull! March 16 2013
By Joe Edmondson - Published on
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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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Yay! Dec 11 2012
By Dee - Published on
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This was awesome, interesting, and is really easy to understand, as well as it talks about different movies that you have heard of!