Frame-by-frame Stop Motion: The Guide to Non-traditional Animation Techniques

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Taylor & Francis, 2011 - Computers - 199 pages
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In a world that is dominated by computer images, alternative stop motion techniques like pixilation, time-lapse photography and down-shooting techniques combined with new technologies offer a new, tangible and exciting approach to animation. With over 25 years professional experience, industry veteran, Tom Gasek presents a comprehensive guide to stop motion animation without the focus on puppetry or model animation. With tips, tricks and hands-on exercises, Frame by Frame will help both experienced and novice filmmakers get the most effective results from this underutilized branch of animation. Practical insight and inspiration from leading filmmakers like PES (Western Spaghetti Creator, Time Magazine's #2 Viral Video of 2008), Dave Borthwick, of the Bolex Brothers and more! The accompanying website will include further content driven examples, indexes of stop motion software, a recommended film list and tools and resources for the beginner and intermediate stop motion artist, animators and filmmakers.

  • Amplify your animations with this fresh and unique look at alternative stop motion techniques! Add alternative stop motion techniques to your projects with acclaimed professional stop motion tools, techniques and strategies while standing out amongst the plethora of traditional stop motion videos.
  • Re-visualize stop motion character movements, build downshooter rigs, and configure your digital workflows with After Effect tutorials while creating dynamic, creative and inspired stop motion films.
  • Apply professional stop motion techniques that have been taught and refined in the classroom and have been applied to leading stop motion films, exhibiting at South By Southwest, Cannes and more!


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What Are the Possibilities?
Shooting Frame by Frame
TimeLapse Photography
Cinematography Lighting and Composition
Objects People and Places
The Multiplane Downshooter
A Sense of Drama
Exposure to the Market
The Traveling Head
Rotating Human Subjects
2D3D Handball
Animated Light Loop The Bursting Star
The Dropping Heads Cutout
3 2 1Countdown
Love at First Sight

Rhythm and Flow
Collage The Digital Advantage
Massaging Frames in the Edit

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About the author (2011)

Tom Gasek has over twenty-five years of award winning stop motion animation production experience as an animator and director, having worked with directors like Will Vinton, Art Clokey and Henry Selick. At Aardman Studios, he contributed Nick Park' s Wallace & Gromit short, "The Wrong Trousers." Gasek co-directed and animated, "The Inside-Out Boy" (Nickelodeon), which is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, Tom has worked on Aardman's "Creature Comforts America", Sony Bravia's "Play-Doh", and Laika's "Coraline." Tom is currently an assistant professor at the School of Film & Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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