Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance

        Category: Book Reviews Stop-motion | Article posted on: June 15, 2011

Be inspired by award-winning animator Barry Purves’ honest insight into the creative process of making stop motion animations, using his own classic films to illustrate every step along the way. With Barry’s enthusiasm for puppets in all their many guises and in-depth interviews from some of the world’s other leading practitioners, there is advice, inspiration and entertainment galore in Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance.

And there’s more! Many of the artists and craftsmen interviewed have contributed their own specially drawn illustrations – showing their inspirations, heroes and passion for their craft. These beautiful images help make the book a truly personal journey into the heart of the animation industry with broad appeal for anyone with a love of animation.

* Discover the potential of puppets and models with personal insight from some of the world’s most experienced stop motion animators.
* Get advice on everything from the initial concept, to scriptwriting and costume through to directing, animating and postproduction.
* Go behind the scenes with beautiful colour illustrations and production shots that bring the process to life.

There is no other book like this one. Most animation books are either theoretical, or teach you ‘how’ to animate. It’s great that we have those but at last we have a book written from the heart, by a man, and his interviewees, who are truly passionate about their craft – the art of Stop Motion. Barry Purves is renowned in the animation industry for his marvellous films, such as ‘Next’, ‘Achilles’ and ‘Gilbert & Sullivan – The Very Models’, as well as for working on classic series such as ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Chorlton and the Wheelies’. This book covers all of Barry’s major influences, and takes you on a journey through, literally the title: passion, process and performance. It is packed with information and inspiration that will open your mind, not to mention the many accompanying illustrations.