Stop-motion Animation Frame by Frame Film-making with Puppets and Models

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-10-23
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books
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Stop-motion Animation teaches the skills required to develop as a creative stop-motion animator. It explores how all the elements of film-making - camera work, design, colour, lighting, editing, music and storytelling - come together in this unique art form.

With advice on how to use the particular types of movement, characters and stories that typify stop-motion, this book is packed with tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your stop-motion films, accompanied by illustrations and case studies demonstrating how film-making masters through the years have used it in feature films, short films and television.
This second edition also introduces and explores two of the biggest innovations of recent years - at opposite ends of the industry. At the top-end, for film-makers with serious budgets, there is 3D printing in the creation of replacement parts for stop-motion characters while at the amateur/student end of the industry there are a variety of cheap, but effective, apps that can turn turn a smartphone into a mini stop-motion studio.

The new edition also includes an extended project in each chapter, covering storytelling techniques, selecting an appropriate style, developing a character, set building and lighting, creating a performance and adding music. These projects combine to lead you through the creation of your first one-minute stop-motion animation.

Author Biography

Barry J.C. Purves is an English animator, director and writer of puppet animation television and cinema and theatre designer and director, primarily for the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse in Manchester. Known as one of Britain's most celebrated animators on account of his six short films, each of which has been nominated for numerous international awards (including Academy Award and British Academy Film Awards nominations), he has also directed and animated for several television programs and over seventy advertisements, title sequences and animated insert sequences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is stop-motion?
The beginnings
The illusion of movement
A continuous performance
Special effects Wholly animated films
Project 1: Find your style
Chapter 2: Focusing the idea
Stories and themes
Approaching the story
A change of perspective
Out of the mouths of... talking umbrellas?
Atmosphere and substance
Project 2: What's the story?
Chapter 3: The puppets
Telling the story with puppets
The physical puppet
Telling characteristics
Stylised movement
3D printing
Puppet size
Other techniques
Project 3: Find your leading man (or mouse)
Chapter 4: Preparations
Working with others
Project 4: Set the scene
Chapter 5: Chapter Tools and techniques
The camera
Apps and other low-cost options
Special effects
Project 5: Setting up and getting started
Chapter 5: Movement and performance
Animating on the set
Lively movement
Helping the movement
Project 6: Make it read!

A brief history of stop-motion
Picture credits

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