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Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0240520605
ISBN-10: 0240520602
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"This is a must-have book for anyone interested in the art of animation and I urge you to buy it and see for yourself what a feast for the eyes and the intellect it is!" .. World Animation Journal
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520605
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,140,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This may not be exactly a "Stop-Motion for Dummies" book. And it most definately isn't an introduction to the world of stop-motion either. It's much more of an "insider" book, from the hands of one of the greater stop-motion artists of our time. It shares experiences, holds more information about the medium than any book i've encountered so far, and all it really does is make me a better animator. I'm a happy camper!
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I've got pretty much all the stopmotion books in print, and this one is really something else entirely. It's not a text, not a beginner's lesson book and not just an appreciation for the art form (and, as Mr. Purves proves, it really IS an artform). Rather it's a very passionate reflection on the creative process of making stopmotion, and on the larger aspects of creativity in general. Barry is one of the best among animators.... and has frequently been writer and director of his own films, resulting in some of the most startling and original animation to date (such as his brilliant Achilles or my favorite Rigoletto). He expounds with great articulateness and intelligence on the strengths and weaknesses of the various forms of animation, revealing his obvious love for stopmotion above all the rest. And as he does, he reveals truths about animation that you had always felt but couldn't quite put into words.

He also shares a wealth of his own hard-earned tips and techniques, some about animating, but more on the art of storytelling and on how best to utilize the special properties that stopmotion alone has. It's not a book about "how to animate" but rather Why.... and he stresses the importance of playing to the particular strengths of our quirky art. If it can be done in live action or CGI or drawn animation, then why use stopmo? As many, he feels the sheer potential of stopmotion has only begun to be tapped, and he expounds at great length on how that might be done. And reading his words, it's difficult not to feel the same inspiration he obviously does.

Every animator should read this book.... even if you're just scooting Lego figures across the bedroom floor in front of your webcam (unless that's the extent of your ambition). He really illuminates the magic of stopmotion, what it does best and what it shouldn't be made to do. I just finished reading it for the first time, and I'm about to begin again.....
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barry Purves is one of the best stop-motion animators there is right now, and even when the book is not a How-to of the stop-motion process is very onteresting and rewarding having barry's opinion and experiences in the craft. Thanks. Liked it very much.
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