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Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book Of 3-d Animation Third Edition Paperback – Nov 16 2010


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson; 2nd Revised edition edition (Nov. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289068
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A book that all animators will marvel at.”

“Like animation? You'll love this!”

About the Author

Nick Park joined Aardman Studios in 1986. His Oscar-nominated A Grand Day Out introduced the world to Wallace and Gromit.

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This is sort of a behind-the-scenes book that looks at animation production inside the famous Aardman Studios, creators of successful Wallace and Gromit films, Chicken Run and others.

The perspective is that of Aardman Studios so this book focuses on stop-motion animation. The 3-D in the title means the physical 3D, the actual construction of stuff, as compared to computer generated 3D (only a small section is on that).

The book starts with a long but interesting history of animation, right from the day stop motion was used for films up to the recent releases for Aardman Studios.

The second part jumps into the more technical side of making animation. There are chapters on basic clay animation, model makings, set designs, animating movements and expressions and using CGI. These are all furnished with lots of great pictures and insightful commentary from the staff. It's difficult not to marvel at the ingenuity behind making these animation. There are explanation on the camera tricks used, on how to create enduring characters on paper and in clay, and other production stories.

The final part looks at film making in depth, from scripting to animating, including thoughts given to creating other related content like games and websites. Several films were used as mini case studies, such as the early Peter Lord's Adam, Curse of the Were-rabbit, Chicken Run and other lesser known films.

This is a very insightful book on stop-motion animation, and on how Aardman Studios make theirs. Recommended to fans and enthusiasts.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By JonathanSavoie on March 9 2013
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It's a good book to read, a lot of pages with a lot of pictures, all in color. Realy cool!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Insightful book on stop-motion animation, and on how Aardman Studios make theirs March 14 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is sort of a behind-the-scenes book that looks at animation production inside the famous Aardman Studios, creators of successful Wallace and Gromit films, Chicken Run and others.

The perspective is that of Aardman Studios so this book focuses on stop-motion animation. The 3-D in the title means the physical 3D, the actual construction of stuff, as compared to computer generated 3D (only a small section is on that).

The book starts with a long but interesting history of animation, right from the day stop motion was used for films up to the recent releases for Aardman Studios.

The second part jumps into the more technical side of making animation. There are chapters on basic clay animation, model makings, set designs, animating movements and expressions and using CGI. These are all furnished with lots of great pictures and insightful commentary from the staff. It's difficult not to marvel at the ingenuity behind making these animation. There are explanation on the camera tricks used, on how to create enduring characters on paper and in clay, and other production stories.

The final part looks at film making in depth, from scripting to animating, including thoughts given to creating other related content like games and websites. Several films were used as mini case studies, such as the early Peter Lord's Adam, Curse of the Were-rabbit, Chicken Run and other lesser known films.

This is a very insightful book on stop-motion animation, and on how Aardman Studios make theirs. Recommended to fans and enthusiasts.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Same book as Creating 3D Animation April 28 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, Cracking Animation, is the same book as Creating 3D Animation except that Cracking is a newer edition. The old edition is 224 pages and this newer edition is 240 pages because it contains the, CGI-Computer Generated Imagery and A Career in Animation chapters. I love the Aardman books because they are some of the most process detailed in Stop Motion book titles. They also do a great job of printing in their titles. Highly recommended for animators.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is the best!! Aug. 13 2014
By Rajab - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is the best!!! It taught me a lot about the history of animation and some tips on animating. I even use some of the tips for lighting and animating on my own youtube channel! (Mozl Animations) I think everyone who wants to animate or anyone who's just interested in how they do it should read this book :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good book for anyone interested in animation July 5 2014
By Donn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very good book for anyone interested in animation, specifically stopmotion. I will let you know that it is very catered toward stop motion, as in almost only.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Actually a new one Dec 22 2013
By Yunjing Li - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Actually a new book! A good book for learn stop motion animation. I like it very much! And Nice print


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