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The Klutz Book of Animation Hardcover-spiral – Mar 1 2010

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  • Hardcover-spiral: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Klutz; Act Nov Sp edition (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591747333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591747338
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gives lots of good ideas. But it's frustrating for the kids because the software link at link redirects to a scholastic commercial site with no hope of searching for the software - seems like a very amateur oversight for such a company as Scholastic. Would be nice if the book shipped with a 'sticker' on the cover or something.
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Very good. Easy to follow. My grandson is 10 years old and he is finding this an excellent help as he is just beginning to make his own movies,
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A marvelous how-to guide for kids on stop motion animation Feb. 28 2011
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
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My grandchildren have discovered YouTube.

Now I am hoping that both of them, though still quite young, get the moviemaking bug.

This little book of 72 pages is very kid friendly. There's a short chapter on what you need: some form of video camera that will output directly to the computer for live capture. That could be a cheap webcam or an expensive HD set-up, as long it has a FireWire or USB capability for direct capture. They recommend you download the very capable SAM Animation software developed by Tufts University. (The version they suggest is free, but there is also a more advanced paid version as well.) This is followed by several pages on using the SAM program. The SAM program is an excellent choice for the task.

This chapter is very well done and will serve both parents (and grandparents) who want to guide their kids - and the kids themselves. For slightly older children, the instructions are easy to grasp.

There are 18 projects or, if you want o view them this way, lessons, which cover different aspects of stop motion animation. All of the projects are laid out very well in steps-by-step form. Most of the projects have a tip or two, such as how to make it look like a toy car is going over a cliff.

A small amount of Plasticene modeling clay is included for the chapters on claymation.

A number of pages are given over to die-cut pop-outs for use in creating some of the projects. For example, there are six sets of printed lips in various positions for use in making videos of talking vegetables and the like. Providing these is actually a thoughtful touch since it makes it a lot easier for kids to get into the project without having to undertake a lot of extraneous activities.

Overall, this is a very well done book. For kids aged 5 - 9, the assistance of an older person will probably be very helpful. For children aged 10 and older, the book itself should be sufficient.

I can hardly wait for the next visit from the grandchildren. Animation fun ahead!

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Amazing product. Allows for great creativity and so easy! Dec 29 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This is just an awesome book. Comes with ideas for making your own animation cartoons with Barbies, cars or the included clay. The possibilites are endless. Includes a link for the computer program so all you need is a web camera. I bought a $10 one with lights and it is perfect. My kids drew their own backdrops and sometimes they used a calendar that had landscape pictures on it which turned out really cute! All of them ages 8 to 12 participate in making the clips. They have used it for hours and hours already and we have only had it a few days. So fun. Can record sound with the software you download for free but if you want much more options, you have to buy the upgraded version which is $49.00. We love it so much that we probably will. This was the best item at Christmas! You will not be disapointed but make sure they have a webcam or you get one when you give it as a gift.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic introduction to stop-motion March 24 2010
By B. GRAVEL - Published on
Format: Hardcover-spiral
What a great book! The projects and techniques are fun, easy to follow, and creative. A perfect introduction for any child or adult interested in exploring the world of stop-motion animation.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
IMPORTANT! You can't use a flip video camera, you need a webcam! Jan. 17 2011
By Elizabeth Bronwen Bure - Published on
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This book states that you can use ANY video camera. When you go to the website to download the software, there is an UPDATE that tells you that you actually need a webcam- or a camera that can stream while attached to your computer. We went out and bought a $150 flip video camera, came home, opened it, hooked it up, and then found this key information! All you need is a cheap little webcam!
We're going back out today to get that, but not before we spent an extra $150! ouch!

I'm still giving the book 4 stars, because I use klutz products all the time and they are always fabulous, so we can look past 1 little human error!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Animation for Novices like ME Aug. 1 2013
By Silver Eagle - Published on
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This book was intended for my 11 year old grandson to use in developing stop motion videos using his LEGO characters. It is fun to read and use. Truly, it was created for minds like his!! The software application that is a free download from the publisher is not very intuitive and required some head scratching to retrieve it from their website. Once installed, it was easy to use and our budding producer / director, who wants to be the future Stephen Spielberg, is really enjoying it. Thanks for keeping it simple for me.