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"a beautiful ...stunningly attractive book...wonderful and heavily researched with an enormous number of illustrated examples." - Michael Sporn Animation Splog

"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excellent interviews with some of the biggest names in tha business, interspersed with lots of previously unpublished art from the vaults of Disney, Pixar and Warner Bros., the book offers a solid overview of the importance of layout in all types of animation.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

Fraser MacLean has worked for Passion Pictures, Cambridge Animation Systems, Telemagination, and Walt Disney Animation Studios, on such films as Space Jam and Tarzan. He currently runs Penciltown Animation and resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pete Docter is the Oscar-winning director of the celebrated Pixar films, Mosters, Inc. and Up.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811869873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869874
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being an afficionado for all things art books, I ordered the book on impulse. However, with a slightly misleading title, and the short and rather less than more descriptive 'Book Description', look out for what the book is about, lest you end up discontent.

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.
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This book is gorgeous. Beautifully made and filled with great art. It's also wonderfully written. Fraser Maclean is incredibly knowledgeable and shares generously. This is an in-depth view into the art of "creating a world on a sheet of paper". I took my copy in to class yesterday and my computer animation graduate students we're knocked out. I'm so glad this book exists!
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As a collector of animation art, I look for books that can add more perspective to the animation process. MacLean's book is one of the finest books I've read in a long time. The book's outstanding content is matched by the exceptional artwork that is featured to support the text. AND the print quality is amazing...! The attention to detail and color control is exceptional! While reading the book, the reader is immediately struck by the complexity of the animation process and the amazing quality of the artwork that is often overlooked. As an owner of 100+ books on animation, I would rank MacLean's book in my Top 5 -- and it is certainly a bargain at this price!
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Being a character designer i bought this book due to my ever growing curiosity of Animation development - this book has been an investment for my knowledge and it is worth every dime! When i am working on designs during the day i often find myself skipping through the pages of this book - constantly finding inspiration for props etc. If it is handy for character and prop designers, then for layout artist's it must be gold dust....Fraser maclean has pulled out all the stops and any grey hairs that may have sprouted are trophies to his hard work. Great foreword from Pete Doctor also...BUY IT!
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"SETTING the SCENE the art and evolution of animation layout” is an informative book on a key aspect of making an animated cartoon film. It comes from a Scottish author, Fraser MacLean, who has dedicated a lifetime working in the field. Oh yes and it is fun to read and lots of artwork to enjoy. Richard Keith Wolff
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By LGHM on November 30, 2011
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This is a gorgeous book that includes great animation art, not only of Disney films as it would seem by the book cover and page examples, but also for other creators.
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I loved it. Great animaton. The book was actually a gift to my boyfriend. He is in the animation industry and he totally loves it. There is a scene from Princess and the Frog in the book that he made.
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Amazing book, pure knowledge ))
Well - if you searhing for training in storybording - this book exactly what you need.
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