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Cracking Animation

The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation

Peter Lord, Brian Sibley

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The bestselling guide to the history and processes behind stop-motion animation


This is the expanded and definitive edition of Cracking Animation, the smash hit guide to the history and processes behind stop-motion animation. This book invites you to marvel at the multi-Oscar-winning artistry, inventiveness and distinctive warmth of Aardman Animations' masterpieces - including Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep, immerse yourself in the following never-before-seen material:

• 'The Aardman Showcase': a brand new chapter offering exclusive interviews with the producer and director of Aardman's latest blockbuster, Shaun the Sheep; the Movie

• 'Making a Film': a special segment giving you unprecedented behind-the-scenes insight into the making of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

• A revised chapter on CGI technology that explores and celebrates the very latest, up-to-the-minute developments in the field

Cracking Animation is an indispensable guide to the process of 3-D animation. It is packed with practical, fully illustrated and step-by-step descriptions of all the elements involved. This is quite simply the best publication on stop-motion animation - not only cracking good fun for fans of Aardman, but also a must-read for anyone with an interest in animated film.

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'I wish this book had been written in the Seventies when I started experimenting with animation'
Nick Park, CBE

'Revealing … the fact that the book serves as a great compendium of images from our favourite shorts and movies is just icing on the cake'
Animation Magazine

'Something of an addictive read'
Screentrade Magazine

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Book Details

Format: Flexibound

Edition Type: Revised and expanded edition

Size: 24.8 x 23.3 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 19 October 2015

ISBN: 9780500291993

Contents List

Foreword • Introduction • The Medium • 1. Basic Needs • 2. Simple Techniques • 3. Models and Modelmaking • 4. Set Design and Making • 5. Animation and Performance • 6. CGI-computer generated imagery • 7. Making a Film • A Career in Animation • Filmography and Bibliography

About the Author

Peter Lord is the founder of Aardman Animations.

Brian Sibley is the author of numerous books, including The Disney Studio Story and Shadowlands: The Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.

Nick Park has received four Academy Awards for TheWrong Trousers and A Close Shave.

List of Contributors

Nick Park

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