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Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation [Hardcover]

Hans Bacher
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Dec 5 2007 0240520939 978-0240520933 1
Hans Bacher is acknowledged as one of the greats of production design for animation and he has been given unparalleled access to Disney's archives to uncover eye-popping examples of both his own work and that of his colleagues. With illustrations from Bambi, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Brother Bear and many more - it is a visual feast of never-before-seen artwork, complete with insight from the artist on how and why they were designed as they were.

Key features and benefits:

* Sneak a peak behind the scenes! With 400 never-before-seen illustrations from classic films like Bambi, Beauty and the Beast and Lilo & Stitch
* Learn from one of the true industry greats!Hans Bacher is one of the best known production designers in the industry
* Beautiful and insightful - offers inspiration to designers in animation, film and game

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Dream Worlds will be the definitive work on art direction and production design. Bacher covers decades of memorable animated films. There is really no other book like this out there.
Nancy Beiman: Animator, Director, Character Designer, Author & Professor

I have been lucky to have known Hans Bacher and learned from his genius for over 30 years.
When it comes to color, composition and design, Hans is in a class by himself. Look through the pages of 'Dream Worlds' and be inspired by Hans' high standards and his art. It is a feast for the eyes.
Andreas Deja, Supervising Animator, Walt Disney Studios

Hans Bacher is a rare person - a top of the tree professional artist, production designer, animator, archivist, and generous teacher. Richard Williams, author of 'The Animator's Survival Kit'

"Dream Worlds is a must have for its visuals alone - I can only describe them as gorgeous." .. World Animation Journal

About the Author

By Hans Bacher, Hans Bacher has been a major influence on the design of Disney films for nearly 20 years. His work appears in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Mulan. Winner of the prestigious "Annie" animation award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production" for his work on Mulan.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 21 2009
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book sort of on a whim. I was ordering some more "technical" books on storyboarding and character work, saw it in the suggestions and thought "eh, why not" everyone needs some eye candy in their collection.

Little did I know that it would end up being the single more useful and insightful book I own. It is incredibly inspiring and so packed with priceless knowledge on working in the industry of film art production it blew my mind. I read the whole book in one sitting, then went back to read it again.

The visuals are absolutely stunning. I could stare at them for hours. the subtle, simple details... gorgeous. A definite must have for any animator, illustrator or animation enthusiast's bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:27 Mins
This book is an invaluable resource for any production designer. It talks about how to go about setting the style and look for animation.

This is a very practical book. While it talks on the production design process, it provides tons of examples from Disney's archive to support design concepts. There are many useful lessons, such as film analysis, visual development and research, camera rules, composition, staging and others.

There are also dedicated chapters to films where Hans Bacher talks specifically on how production design was done.

I bought this book primarily for the art but I've realised that there's more to all the art displayed. Many of the storyboards, while lacking details are visually strong because of the composition.

Every example included in the book serves to emphasis design concepts. The clear and simple explanation provides another perspective into looking at storyboards, into understanding what the scene means and how it contributes to the story.

This book is well worth the money, actually not just to production designers, but for every artist. The lessons taught are universal and can be applied in different fields if it's related to art.

Let me end with a quote from Andrea Deja, the Supervising Animator of Walt Disney Studios:

When it comes to color, composition and design, Hans is in a class by himself. Look through the pages of Dream Worlds and be inspired by Han's high standards and his art. It is a feast for the eyes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for references and inspiration Jan. 2 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Perhaps not so detailed in it's telling of techniques or tools, but is certainly a great book for any producer needing to reference great ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book April 22 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is great and packed with beautiful illustrations really giving you a clear sense of the authors intentions and theories. If you are interested in illustration , concept art, background paintings, and composition this is a worthy book for your library.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning Dec 29 2007
By P. Bergmans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book exceeded all expectations, and that means quite something if you've been looking forward to it for almost 2,5 years. It is filled to the top with pre-production artwork and designs. There is not so much text, but what's there is useful and informative. It's as much about the creative process as about pure practical knowledge and cinematic rules, the latter ones which often seems to be absent in graphic books like this one, but not here!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! Dec 13 2007
By Julie Neal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wow! I want to gaze in awe at every page of this beautiful yet practical book, which is filled with art. Dozens of backgrounds from "Bambi" show the stunning skill and style of those artists like you've never seen it before. Another section illustrates many creative ways to imagine a bird, from concept pieces from "Fantasia 2000." Other pages show thumbnails and composition notes from the early stages of "Lilo & Stitch." There's also a whole chapter on composition that combines a how-to manual with frames of Disney's "Brother Bear."

I could go on forever, but suffice it to say that this book is an absolute must-buy. Anyone who wants to study the best artists in the animation business, or just loves to look at imaginative watercolors and stunning uses of color, will find it truly inspirational. Yes, it's nearly all Disney, but don't let that mislead you. This book is not published by the Disney company, and has no promotional feel.

For more art from "Cinderella" check out Walt Disney's Cinderella. For a nice academic companion try To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost opportunity April 1 2008
By B. Hay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a wonderful opportunity the publishers have squandered here. The author is clearly very informed and his own art work, outstanding. The illustrations are essentially wonderful too. So what's wrong? Lack of courage on the part of the publishers. A work of this magnitude needs to be reproduced at a size to fit its contents. The illustrations are very often way too small - little bigger than postage stamps at times - and even the full-pagers would have benefitted from a larger page to fill. The text is also far too brief - almost anecdotal and saying far less than it could. This book cries out for pages that are 2 - 3 times larger and the text demands a book of twice the length. It was extremely frustrating to peer at art work that so deserves to be reproduced at a good size on quality paper. Would I recommend it? Of course. Much of the art work has not to my knowledge been published elsewhere. Just make sure you have a magnifying glass to hand!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for anyone into animation production design Nov. 27 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is an invaluable resource for any production designer. It talks about how to go about setting the style and look for animation.

This is a very practical book. While it talks on the production design process, it provides tons of examples from Disney's archive to support design concepts. There are many useful lessons, such as film analysis, visual development and research, camera rules, composition, staging and others.

There are also dedicated chapters to films where Hans Bacher talks specifically on how production design was done.

I bought this book primarily for the art but I've realised that there's more to all the art displayed. Many of the storyboards, while lacking details are visually strong because of the composition.

Every example included in the book serves to emphasis design concepts. The clear and simple explanation provides another perspective into looking at storyboards, into understanding what the scene means and how it contributes to the story.

This book is well worth the money, actually not just to production designers, but for every artist. The lessons taught are universal and can be applied in different fields if it's related to art.

Let me end with a quote from Andrea Deja, the Supervising Animator of Walt Disney Studios:

When it comes to color, composition and design, Hans is in a class by himself. Look through the pages of Dream Worlds and be inspired by Han's high standards and his art. It is a feast for the eyes.

Here's the list of chapters:

* Film Analysis
* Beauty and the Beast
* Visual Development and Research
* Aladdin
* Inspiration
* Camera Rules
* The Lion King
* Composition
* Hercules
* Staging and Formats
* Mulan
* Rhythm and Style Variety
* Lilo and Stitch
* Value and Color
* Brother Bear
* Unfinished Disney Projects
* Own Projects
* The Masters -- Bambi

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating from start to finish Jan. 17 2008
By Didier Ghez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I knew Dreamworlds had a good chance to be good, but I never realized it would be that good! I was afraid it might be a book purely aimed at professional artists. It isn't. If you are interested in the history of the Disney Studio during the last 20 years, if you love concept art, and if you want to discover concept paintings from quite a few of the discarded projects Hans worked on at Disney just before he left, like My People, Wild Life or Fraidy Cat, get this book now. This is a "must-have" and a "must-read" (there is also beautiful art from Beauty and the Beast, Mulan,...). More interesting artwork in this book that in quite a few "art-ofs" released by Disney recently.
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