Dream Worlds: Production Design in Animation

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Taylor & Francis, 2008 - Computers - 208 pages
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Hans P. Bacher is acknowledged as one of the greats of production design for animation, He has been given access to Disney's archives to uncover eye-popping examples of both his own work and that of his colleagues. Featured are illustrations from 'Bambi', 'Mulan', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Brother Bear' and many more. Hans Bacher is acknowledged as one of the greats of production design for animation and he has been given unparalleled access to Disney's archives to uncover eye-popping examples of both his own work and that of his colleagues. With illustrations from Bambi, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Brother Bear and many more - it is a visual feast of never-before-seen artwork, complete with insight from the artist on how and why they were designed as they were. Key features and benefits: * Sneak a peak behind the scenes! With 400 never-before-seen illustrations from classic films like Bambi, Beauty and the Beast and Lilo & Stitch * Learn from one of the true industry greats!Hans Bacher is one of the best known production designers in the industry * Beautiful and insightful - offers inspiration to designers in animation, film and game.
 

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This book is an invaluable resource for any production designer. It talks about how to go about setting the style and look for animation.
This is a very practical book. While it talks on the
production design process, it provides tons of examples from Disney's archive to support design concepts. There are many useful lessons, such as film analysis, visual development and research, camera rules, composition, staging and others.
There are also dedicated chapters to films where Hans Bacher talks specifically on how production design was done.
I bought this book primarily for the art but I've realised that there's more to all the art displayed. Many of the storyboards, while lacking details are visually strong because of the composition.
Every example included in the book serves to emphasis design concepts. The clear and simple explanation provides another perspective into looking at storyboards, into understanding what the scene means and how it contributes to the story.
This book is well worth the money, actually not just to production designers, but for every artist. The lessons taught are universal and can be applied in different fields if it's related to art.
Let me end with a quote from Andrea Deja, the Supervising Animator of Walt Disney Studios:
When it comes to color, composition and design, Hans is in a class by himself. Look through the pages of Dream Worlds and be inspired by Han's high standards and his art. It is a feast for the eyes.
Here's the list of chapters:
* Film Analysis
* Beauty and the Beast
* Visual Development and Research
* Aladdin
* Inspiration
* Camera Rules
* The Lion King
* Composition
* Hercules
* Staging and Formats
* Mulan
* Rhythm and Style Variety
* Lilo and Stitch
* Value and Color
* Brother Bear
* Unfinished Disney Projects
* Own Projects
* The Masters -- Bambi
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my library page for the link.
 

Contents

Introduction
9
Film Analysis
12
Beauty and the Beast
28
Visual Development and Research
44
Aladdin
48
Inspiration
56
Camera Rules
60
The Lion King
66
Mulan
100
Rhythm and Style Variety
122
Lilo and Stitch
132
Value and Color
136
Brother Bear
142
Unfinished Disney Projects
150
Own Projects
170
The MastersBambi
196

Composition
72
Hercules
88
Staging and Formats
92

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