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The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation Paperback – Jun 17 2010
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Introduction. 1. History of Stop-Motion Feature Films. 2. An Interview with Screen Novelties. 3. Building Puppets. 4. Digital Cinematography. 5. An Interview with Pete Kozachik, ASC. 6. An Interview with Trey Thomas. 7. Character Animation. 8. An Interview with Bronwen Kyffin. 9. Visual Effects. 10. An Interview with Larry Bafia and Webster Colcord. 11. An Interview with Marc Spess. 12. An Interview with Ryan McColluch. 13. An Interview with Justin & Shel Rasch. Bibliography. Index.
About the Author
Ken A. Priebe has a BFA from University of Michigan and a classical animation certificate from Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts). He teaches stop-motion animation courses at VanArts and the Academy of Art University Cybercampus and has worked as a 2D animator on several games and short films for Thunderbean Animation, Bigfott Studios, and his own independent projects. Ken has participated as a speaker and volunteer for the Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter and is founder of the Breath of Life Animation Festival, an annual outreach event of animation workshops for children and their families. He is also a filmmaker, writer, puppeteer, animation historian, and author of the book "The Art of Stop-Motion Animation." Ken lives near Vancouver, BC, with his graphic-artist wife Janet and their two children, Ariel and Xander.
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This book covers the latest technology, use of digital cameras, animation software, compositing, digital effects, construction techniques, materials, and more.
"The Advanced Art of Stop Motion Animation" presents variety of puppet-making techniques and character/facial animation (eg: wire armature, internal mechanisms/paddles, replacement heads, replacement face-parts, and even cable-control). For me, that reinforces the idea that there's no "right" or "wrong" way to do it, only what works for you and suits your artistic style.
One of the great strengths of this book is the interviews. Ken Priebe has interviewed some of the most talented stop-motion animation artists from around the world, and they share their likes and dislikes, tricks of the trade and inspirations. These segments are peppered with production art and behind-the-scenes photos showing how things are made.
"The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation" is written in a conversational, easy to read style, and Ken Priebe's passion for animation is infectious.
I was actually excited while reading this, it's so wonderful to see what so many people are doing within this craft, and even though I'm well aware of and even talk to many of them, there is a lot I had completely been missing, as well as the section on the history of stop motion animated features, there's now a list of films I've got to check out.
If you're into Stop Motion Animation, and, like me, want to learn as much as you can about it, then I cannot recommend this book enough.