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The Art and Making of ParaNorman Hardcover – July 25, 2012
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About the Author
Jed Alger grew up in New England, in a town not unlike the one in ParaNorman, minus the zombies. Now he lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Travis Knight is LAIKA's President and CEO as well as lead animator on LAIKA's first feature, Coraline, and producer and lead animator on ParaNorman.
Chris Butler was head of story on LAIKA's Coraline and is the writer and director of ParaNorman.
Sam Fell is the director of ParaNorman. Before joining LAIKA, he wrote and directed Dreamwork's Flushed Away and was the director of Universal's The Tale of Despereaux.
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The images and artwork are fantastic. If you have any interest in how stop-motion animation is made, this provides a great overview to the ridiculous amount of work that goes into these short films. The images do a great job at capturing ParaNorman's shift from rough sketches to final puppets. Even more, they're sure to give some great "behind the scenes" shots for you to see the scale and scope of what these folks are working on.
The only reason I docked a star is for the writing itself. It's functional, for sure, and it gives solid explanations of the process of creating this film. However, it simply feels functional, going through the steps to explain each portion. It just didn't "click" on a higher level for me. It's not bad, by any means, but it felt a bit forced, as if it was trying to hard. Still, this could definitely just be me.
In the end, it serves as a great intro to LAIKA and the process of stop-motion through this wonderful film. If anything, I'd definitely recommend starting here, then moving to Boxtrolls, then Kubo, as they do seem to build on the ground they cover in this process.
The Art and Making of ParaNorman is a work of art itself, with each page having a beautiful artistic background which you will lose with current Kindle formatting, even with your pretty Fires.
I've been a fan of stop-motion since Clash of the Titans, Rudolph, etc. It is such a fascinatingly intricate art, and I really admire all the work that goes into the creation of these films. I have been a big fan of Laika since Coraline. If you are into stop motion, or just ParaNorman, you will probably really enjoy this book. It really keeps up with the promise of being an "Art and Making of" book because there are tons of colorful photos of concept art, puppets, the movie, etc., but there are also lots of snippets of text which reveal the creation process behind ParaNorman, and Laika in general. Though they surely could have made a volume 25x the size of this one in order to encompass half of the creation process involved in this film, what you get is pretty meaty for an art book.
I added a few pictures, not really to show detail, but to show a rough estimation of art to written content. You will get a lot of both in this great book! Also, you can note the nice formatting in the paper version vs. the Kindle, which at time of writing is the only view offered in the "Look Inside!" feature. Hope this helps! :D
The concept and production photos are of very high quality and a joy to look at, as to be expected. They're detailed and flow along with the sections. Them alone could probably make a decent artbook.
But the real joy of the book in my opinion is reading about the production itself, 'making' being on the cover and everything. All of the sections are broken into parts of production. I read it all in one go. The writing is simple yet engrossing and the LAIKA members have very fun and charismatic input throughout, sometimes heartfelt and personal. I was fairly emotionally invested in it by the end, even with it being an artbook, a type of non-fiction you normally would not expect to. Every department gets their fair share of recognition. It exceeded my expectations
The book itself is the normal coffee table size and the quality of the pages are thick and high quality.
There's something particularly special about a picture of someone building a set, animating a stop motion puppet, or fabricating props that isnt found in a picture of an animator animating on a computer, or an animation wheel, or a layout, color or concept artist drawing or painting, no matter how impressive the piece of art is. The cool thing about this art and making of book is how awesome the making aspect of it is; People building cars, climbing into sets, people sewing costumes, or making wigs! Sucha great documenting of many extremely specialized and rare jobs all coming together to make something.
Super inspiring to see!
Great job you guys!
As with quite a few art books this one is on nice glossy paper which is terrible to try and reproduce, but you can find a handful of my favorite pictures, as well as reviews and pictures from similar books on my art blog; en-b.blogspot.com
A really great book for someone who loves animation art and an even better one for someone who is fascinated with fine Craftsmanship.
I love the book's content, however the book itself was a bit damaged. But that's to be expected since it's a used copy. There's only one page in the entire book (it's one of the very last pages) that is severely damaged, it's very bent and folded in multiple ways.
The dust cover has a few niches here and there, and there are some light scratches on it too.