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The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic Hardcover – May 27, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; annotated edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616286326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616286323
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I was unprepared for the sheer magnificence of the final object when it arrived in the mail yesterday...This book is a great argument for why art books, when done right, still deserve to be printed on paper in this digital age." (Amid Amidi, Cartoon Brew)

"There can be no more important book about Disney history published this year" (Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research)

About the Author

John Canemaker is an Academy Award–, Emmy Award–, and Peabody Award–winning animation director and designer. His twenty-eight minute film, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, won the 2005 Oscar for Best Animated Short, and his more than twenty films (and their original art) are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is also a tenured professor and director of the animation program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The Lost Notebook is his eleventh book on the history of animation.

The Walt Disney Family Museum was co-founded by Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and grandson, Walter Miller, in San Francisco's Presidio. The Museum is dedicated to celebrating the life, work, and legacy of Walt Disney through innovative exhibitions and programs, sharing the fascinating story of the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global, distinctively American legacy.

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This book fills many of the gaps.
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The photographs have been improved with the use of photoshop ... rich. black and white photos.
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This is an excellent book for anyone that is a student of animation.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mooseville on June 6, 2014
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I'm still reading this. There's not much to fault about this book because its done with such care and attention to detail and history. This looks like a labor of love from John Canemaker. The visual payoff includes a rich assortment of photos from Disney studios during an era of intense expansion, invention and creative output. Herman Schultheis isn't usually a noted figure in the studio but what we have here is the reward of diligent record keeping of photographic and effects processes in his personal notebook. The art of animation is a fusion of art and technology and in those days the technology was multiple exposures, multiplane cameras, printing techniques, film dyes and amazing organic chemical processes, pre- digital After Effects and Photoshop. Some of the photos which are shown in the context of the actual notebook are so intriguing that I wish they were slightly larger. They are so unique and informative. Overall, the book reflects the goals and aspirations and pioneering efforts of its time. There's something about the early era boom/ post-Snow White, that has a real bristling excitement about it. And when you see the results in a scene from Fantasia's Nutcracker, for example, there's still, arguably, nothing as naturally organic and atmospheric. You could do it in CGI but it wouldn't connect the same on a human level, IMO. ( It would look beautiful in the usual once-removed from human hands, eye-candy but overdose of visual stimulation --like hi-fructose corn syrup for the eyes. -OK, off my soapbox).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Didier Ghez on June 11, 2014
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If I had to make a list of the Disney historians I look up to, John Canemaker would be at the very top of the list, along with just a handful of others.

I never thought he could top books like Before the Animation Begins or Paper Dreams, but I was wrong: The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic is John's best book to date, a true masterpiece. The text, as always, is meticulously researched and written with absolute clarity and depth. But what stunned me is that in the first half of the book, about 80% of the illustrations used (and probably even more) have never been seen before. The book is very heavily illustrated and the second half showcases what I believe is the complete notebook.

The key message is a very simple one: If you only buy one Disney history book this year, this is the one you should get!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Flores on August 24, 2014
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The original book is such a great piece of Disney history. I've seen it at the Walt Disney Family Museum. They have done a wonderful job of displaying the book and giving the visitor the opportunity to digitally view the book. But I'v always wanted to just sit down and go through it. This book give you that opportunity to see so many of the movie making secrets.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Son of Soren on June 14, 2014
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This magnificent book by John Canemaker covers in captivating detail Herman Schultheis' life, including the period of time after he left Disney and worked for Librascope in Glendale, CA. It was while working at Librascope in the 1950's that Herman mysteriously disappeared in the Guatemalan jungle.

While doing his amazingly thorough research, the author discovered the Librascope Memories website, which fortunately included copies of all the Company's old newsletters (Librazettes). Over a year's time, the Librazettes reported on Herman's initial disappearance and the subsequent search. As the self-appointed Librascope historian and webmaster, I had the privilege of helping John Canemaker research Herman Schultheis' time at Librascope. However, this part of Herman's life is not described in unnecessary detail, and so it does not detract from the book's primary subject; i.e., his work at Disney.

Herman's work at Disney was fascinating, but I was also impressed with how each facet of his life reflected his intelligence, diverse interests, and overall curiosity about life. This book certainly provides the foundation for Disney to make a documentary film of Herman's life experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Lassagne on December 26, 2014
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This is a beautifully produced book about a heretofore little known aspect of movie history. Herman Schultheis was an engineer whose cleverness and ingenuity were responsible for the special effects in "Fantasia" and other Disney movies. Some of the things he did are difficult to equal even with digital technology. Herman kept notebooks on his methods and technology, but these notebooks were lost until fairly recently. John Canemaker has researched the history of Herman Schultheis and the notebooks and has published this wonderful book which includes a reproduction of the entire notebook for Fantasia. It is a fascinating document that I have spent hours with. If you have an interest in motions pictures or animation, this book should be in your library. John Canemaker has published several books on the art of animation and really knows and loves his subject. Now for a little full disclosure: Herman Schultheis was a friend and associate of my father. My wife and I spent an evening with Herman while on our honeymoon in 1953, and he led us through his original notebook (which is reproduced in this book.) Not many years after that, Herman disappeared on an archaeological expedition in the Cedntral American jungle. John Canemaker interviewed me by phone for background information during the writing of the book. As soon as it came out, I bought it from Amazon, and poring over it brought back many memories. FYI, there is a digital version of the notebook in the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
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