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Setting the Scene: The Art & Evolution of Animation Layout Hardcover – November 16, 2011
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"It is easily the most attractive animation book to come into my hands in many years." -MichaelBarrier.com
"MacLean's insightful volume about the history of layout is one of the must-have animations books...Offering excellent interviews with some of the biggest names in tha business, interspersed with lots of previously unpublished art from the vaults of Disney, Pixar and Warner Bros., the book offers a solid overview of the importance of layout in all types of animation. " -Animation Magazine
About the Author
Pete Docter is the Oscar-winning director of the celebrated Pixar films, Mosters, Inc. and Up.
Top Customer Reviews
The book seems to be aimed at two target demographics: people interested in animation history and younger folk working in animation with an overly technical focus to their work.
For both of those interest groups, MacLean does a huge job. The Book is a rather complete course through the history of animation, starting with the earliest moving drawings and including very recent productions like Disney's "Princess and the Frog". If you did not know what kind of work was involved in making drawings move, and eventually make them into feature films, MacLean will present you with a very readable and accessible account of all that.
MacLeans ulterior motive with this is to show the reader what the layout departments' job is: to bridge the gap between the rather general script & storyboard on the one hand, and the specific requirements for the finished film, as well as directions for all the departments in charge of producing the actual film: animators, background artists, camera operators etcetera.
For the reader interested in a glimpse into animation history, this is a valuable insight into how an animated movie comes to be. For the young animator, it serves as a reminder of how important the layout phase is. MacLean seems to see a specific danger for overlooking the importance of layout in a 3d pipeline, where the specific planning of a shot is no longer a necessity to produce its assetts.Read more ›
Well - if you searhing for training in storybording - this book exactly what you need.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
pretty cool, acknowledges how the visdev or layout industry has evolved with the use of 3D animation.Published 13 months ago by rachel whalon
Great writing, informative, good illustrations. Probably the best book you can own for learning about the Mechanics of Animation Camera and Layout.Published 16 months ago by tomb
Well written, thoroughly researched book. Tons of beautiful illustrations. Kind of amazing how much information is here in this book. Worth every penny and more.Published 21 months ago by Animatrix, artist, reader
Alas, the book has a lot of commentary and not enough visual information, what it lacks
it the how and the why. Read more
Small pictures to much info not enough art. I didn't like the book very much, so I sent it back.Published on January 21, 2014 by R. Sly
If your looking to set up a scene in film or 3D this book will help you understand the basic principles! It's really helpful to showcase a scene the way you want it to be scene!Published on May 18, 2013 by Cash A. Echevarria