Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation

        Category: Book Reviews Stop-motion | Article posted on: June 16, 2011

The multiple Oscar-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit show you how to make your own successful animation films in a new, thoroughly revised edition of this acclaimed book. Peter Lord co-founder of Aardman guides the reader through the entire process of 3D animation, culminating in a practical, fully illustrated step-by-step description of how to create effective characters, a storyboard, sets, and eventually make an entire film. In this new edition, the section on CGI has been updated, and the chapter on Making a Film has been completely overhauled to bring out the difference in structure, thinking and technique when applied to scripting, characterization, short films, television work, advertising and feature films.

The book starts with a long but interesting history of animation, right from the day stop motion was used for films up to the recent releases for Aardman Studios.

The second part jumps into the more technical side of making animation. There are chapters on basic clay animation, model makings, set designs, animating movements and expressions and using CGI. These are all furnished with lots of great pictures and insightful commentary from the staff. It’s difficult not to marvel at the ingenuity behind making these animation. There are explanation on the camera tricks used, on how to create enduring characters on paper and in clay, and other production stories.

The final part looks at film making in depth, from scripting to animating, including thoughts given to creating other related content like games and websites. Several films were used as mini case studies, such as the early Peter Lord’s Adam, Curse of the Were-rabbit, Chicken Run and other lesser known films.

For fans and enthusiasts of all ages, as well as for serious students of animation, this book is not only a lot of fun it is essential reading.

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