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on October 28, 1998
If you are a first-time animator, or are just starting out, this book is a good place to start. It provides a good overview of the animation process, with plenty of pictures and examples. It covers equipment, lighting, techniques, models, sets, and performance. It also covers the history of animation. In depth. In great depth. In fact, about one-third of the book is dedicated to the history of animation. That's all well and good, but I was really wanting (and expecting) quite a bit more in some of the other areas. For example, the section on models and modelmaking gives several examples of Aardman models, and briefly describes the processes involved in making them. Although there are many helpful hints in these pages, I would have liked an in-depth description for at least one of the models. I want to know what tools I need, what supplies I need, and step-by-step instructions for building a simple model with a wireframe skeleton. Unfortunately, the pages that described that were replaced by 50 pages of history. If you are interested in animation, and need a place to start, 'Creating 3d Animation' is great for beginners. On the other hand, if you are looking for answers to the many problems that face 3d animators, you may be disappointed.
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on May 26, 1999
This book is just essential for those who have been dabbling in claymation and not quite sure how to take get it right. For example my younger daughter never knew that there were wire frames inside and howled with laughter when she realised. For younger children who have been using clay at primary/junior school and want to use this format to make a short animation film it was perfect. Any more information would have been too much. However I would recommend that an 'advanced' book is projected right away as one does begin to seek new challenges with this format. Still Excellent.
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on July 15, 2000
This is a great book for anyone interested in 3D animation. There is alot about the history of animation with clay and puppets. Included is info on cameras, lighting, sets, and how to build characters in clay. Learn about movement of characters and see great pictures of Wallace and Gromit being built as well as other short films. Get "Chicken Run Hatching the Movie" book too. You'll love it.
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on February 23, 1999
We spent many thousands of $$ and nearly two years of trial & error to learn what these gentlemen have put into print. Our entire crew studied every photo in detail and we held workshops on what we learned. Yes, we adopted every idea that we had yet to learn. Hats off to our mentors in England! Karl Williamson, KaViar Studios
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on July 2, 1999
... and better! This book has presented itself as the answer for the lack of books about stop-motion animation. It is sad that by doing that it has killed the oportunity for any others to appear about this subject. Also, I am an animation student, so for me this book should be like a bible, unfortunately, it is too superficial.
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on May 21, 2001
This book was excellent! It saved me from totally [messing] up a research project on Animation I am doing. Though they only describe how they really make their professional films, and how to do it with stuff like their custom armatures and foam latex, which i had NO WAY to get my hands on, It helped overall.
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on October 29, 1999
This was a great book for people interested in puppet animation. It goes through History, Making models and sets, what camera's are best to use and little hints if you are having lighting problems, keeping puppets standing up e.t.c. If you want to get an animating book this is the one to get.
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on December 13, 1999
For anyone interested the process of stop-motion animation, whether a fan, or a would-be professional. Lots of great pictures, tips on lighting and cameras. The photos show how well detailed the models are, and the models themselves can provide inspiration to model makers of all kinds.
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on February 22, 1999
This book touched on everything, from the history of clay animation to what kind of camera you should use to armatures. If you want to learn about clay animation or make your own claymation film, this book is perfect.
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on February 26, 1999
absolutley a MUST have for animators of all has helped tremendously, i also recomend the encyclopedia of animation which is also a great influence on me as an animator!
peace! mike
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