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The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation [Paperback]

Ken A. Priebe

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June 17 2010 1435456130 978-1435456136 1
Take an in-depth look at the art and techniques of stop-motion animation. The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation helps experienced stop-motion artists enhance their craft by exploring the professional methods and advanced technology used by top film studios today. This book features expanded coverage of the basic principles of animation, including specific applications for character performance and visual effect compositing techniques. All the newest technology is touched on, including detailed information on camera rigs, effects, and shooting stop-motion in stereoscopic 3D. Discover new puppet building techniques, including the technology behind the rapid prototyping of computer models for stop-motion production. You'll even find a thorough history of early feature-length stop-motion films. The practical techniques and skills presented are enhanced by interviews with many of the most celebrated stop-motion artists as well as coverage of the work of several artists working in the online stop-motion community. Whether your focus is low-budget indie filmmaking or big studio productions, The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation provides a comprehensive look at both the latest methods and the artists who are driving the revival of stop-motion animation.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Advanced Art of Stop Motion Animation July 25 2010
By Damien - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation", by Ken Priebe, is far more than an update of his earlier book, "The Art of Stop-Motion Animation". As the name suggests, it covers advanced techniques, and is ideal _after_ you're comfortable with the basics of stop-motion animation. Beginners may be lost, or find some of the content overwhelming, so I advise them to start with Ken Priebe's first book.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Covers a lot of things I wanted to learn about. July 16 2010
By Marc_H - Published on Amazon.com
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The author of this book had announced it via [...], and many of the book and CD's contributors visit there to learn. So I got it as soon as I heard about it because of the content that Ken described. It covers the higher-end of stop motion on both an independent 'garage' level of budgets, as well as detailing what happens in professional studios. Most other books only cover things for beginners, or they don't cover things in much detail because there's so much to do. Ken covered the basics in his previous book, 'The Art of Stop Motion Animation', so this time he could avoid that and write about more specific things.
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.

Great book.
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource July 31 2011
By Stephen McAllister - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read this through and have learnt a lot. I am currently setting up my own studio to animate. The book has many resources to gather information from and as I start animating I can see this being a constant resource for my projects. An earlier version was available and is quoted in the book as being a beginners where this is quoted as more advanced. I found this resource easy to read and understand. I am only a beginner and had no trouble with the base concepts of the book. It has a lot of interviews (8 or 10 in all) but the websites are awesome and it is interesting to hear what people have learnt along the way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Easy to Read Feb. 13 2013
By Chloe B. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great book to begin your adventure into stop motion animation. The wording is friendly, clear, and concise. This book was a sturdy resource for me and I was even able to use some of the tips for my CG and hand drawn animation as well!
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook Like Feb. 21 2014
By Kodiakj - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well organized book on Stop-motion Animation. Tons of great info --- reads like a textbook! Would recommend to anyone getting started in the stop-motion genre.

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