Basics Animation 04: Stop-motion

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AVA Publishing, Apr 26, 2010 - Performing Arts - 200 pages
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Basics Animation: Stop-motion Animation teaches the skills required to develop as a creative stop-motion animator or articulated puppet maker. It explores how all the elements of film-making – camera work, design, colour, lighting, editing, music and storytelling – come together in this unique art form. Students will learn to use and exploit the particular types of movement, characters and stories that characterise stop-motion. The book is packed with tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your own stop-motion films, accompanied by full-colour illustrations and case studies demonstrating how film-making masters through the years have used it in feature films, short films and TV series. Basics Animation: Stop-motion Animation also examines the evolution of stop-motion, from its almost accidental beginnings to a much-loved form of storytelling in its own right – one that continues to push boundaries after 110 years.
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
How to get the most out of this book
9
What is stopmotion
12
Focusing the idea
48
The puppets
78
Preparations
116
Tools and techniques
134
Movement and performance
160
Conclusion
186
A brief history of stopmotion
187
Picture credits
189
Acknowledgements
191
Working with ethics
192
Back Cover
200
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Barry Purves is a stop-motion animator and director with more than thirty years’ experience. His films have won more than 60 major international awards, including Grand Prix's, Best Director, Best Film, and Oscar nominations.

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