Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation

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Taylor & Francis, 2008 - Computers - 254 pages
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To make great animation, you need to know how to control a whole world: how to make a character, how to make that character live and be happy or sad. You need to create four walls around them, a landscape, the sun and moon - a whole life for them. You have to get inside that puppet and first make it live, then make it perform.

Susannah Shaw provides the first truly practical introduction to the craft skills of model animation. This is a vital book in the development of model animation which, following the success of Aardman's first full-length film, Chicken Run, is now at the forefront of modern animation.

Illustrated in full colour throughout you are shown step by step how to create successful model animation. Starting with some basic exercises, you will learn about developing a story, making models, creating set and props, the mechanics of movement, filming, postproduction and how to set about finding that elusive first job in a modern studio.

Susannah Shaw is Programme Development Manager for the Animated Exeter festival. She was head of the Bristol Animation Course from 1996 to 2000 at the University of the West of England and former camera assistant at Aardman (working on 'A Close Shave' among other films).

* The best-selling full-color practical introduction to the craft skills of model animation
* Benefit from the advice of top international animators such as Nick Park and Tim Hittle
* Discover everything you need to know to be a model animator in a modern studio!
 

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Contents

chapter 1 introduction playing God
1
chapter 2 getting equipped
8
chapter 3 getting animated
21
chapter 4 keep it simple developing your story
35
chapter 5 coathangers for armatures making your own model
51
chapter 6 model makers the professionals
76
chapter 7 four walls and a sky sets and props
102
chapter 8 sound advice the voice track
114
chapter 12 the production process
176
chapter 13 postproduction
195
chapter 14 getting the job the business of animation
200
bibliography
213
appendix 1 software and recording equipment suppliers
215
appendix 2 manufacturers and outlets
217
appendix 3 calendar of animation festivals and fi lm festivals incorporating animation
221
appendix 4 animation courses that include or specialize in stop motion and related organizations and websites
235

chapter 9 the mechanics of movement
125
chapter 10 animation masterclass Teresa Drilling
147
chapter 11 the performance
166

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