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The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)) Paperback – October 7, 2008
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About the Author
Don Hahn's name is synonymous with some of the most critically acclaimed animated motion pictures of this generation, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast, (the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture (and before the Best Animated Film category was established). He was also the associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the groundbreaking 1988 film that pioneered new techniques for combining animation and live-action. His other film credits include Fantasia/2000 and Atlantis. He is currently at work on his next Disney animated film.
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Don Hahn brings us down to the production floor, visiting every department, talking about the people and their role in movie production. You may have seen many making-of videos from DVDs but this book is the one stop source to the introduction to animation.
The book introduces the process of animation from idea creation to the ending post production work. It looks at three forms of animation that exist today and talks about how they are created. They are the computer-generated, 2D hand-drawn and stop-motion production.
Included concept art, sketches, set photos, sculptures, storyboards, 3D renders and some discarded ideas are included. This is like walking along studio corridors looking at all the art pinned on the boards.
The roles and responsibilities of every crew working on the film is explained. In a sort of way, it's also a guide to finding what kind of jobs are available in the animation industry. For the longest time, I've been trying to find out what a clean-up artist does and now I know, which is to "clean up" characters making sure they are consistent in style.
For people interested in the animation industry or how animated movies are made, this book provides a very good introductory background.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The Alchemy of Animation does a great job of pulling back the curtain and explaining the process.
This book would be well worth the price for the plethora of pictures alone. It includes images from all stages of the process from initial concept through the final versions used in the movies. While that is a great reason to buy the book, it isn't the best part. The book is full of insight and information about animation. In particular I appreciated the focus on the story as the key element, regardless of the art form chosen and the way that the differences and similarities between traditional animation, stop motion and computer animation are highlighted.
If you are a fan of animation, or are looking for a great gift to give someone who is a fan I strongly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book.
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This was perfect! The details and breakdown of information, and movie and story development is incredibly helpful. The book was in fantastic condition too.Published 10 months ago by Shannon G.
Great book that can be used as an art history/animation primer. Rich detail and photos will be interesting for kids and adults!Published 13 months ago by Liz
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age by Don Hahn. 144 p. 2008.
Don Hahn is heralded for his animation production work at Disney: The... Read more