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  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (23 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240812190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240812199
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Sawicki is a camera man, artist, and actor. He has had many roles in the world of film, from teaching visual effects for over 15 years at the UCLA extension, authoring video programs on the art of clay animation, and being an independent stop motion animator on several MTV videos. He won an Emmy Certificate for his contribution to the television series, Star Trek while working as a cameraman for Illusion Arts. He won a Clio for his camera work while at Celestial Mechanics Incorporated. Mark is currently a digital colorist and effects camera supervisor at Custom Film Effects. A few of his recent films include Premonition, The Black Dahlia, 40 Year Old Virgin, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By olgavareli on 25 July 2012
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I have bought several books for stop motion, but I wasn't sure which software to use, so I decided to stick to stop motion pro .This book is a perfect guide to learn this software.Each unit introduces you to aspects of stop motion animation , such as lyp sync, how to animate puppets, time lapse etc.It is clear and you are given tasks to experiment on.I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to start learning this software.Having filled my bookcase with so many animation books, I think this is the best option for a start!!!!
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By STUART L PEARCY on 31 July 2013
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A fantastic book if you are into animation of all types. Paired up with Stop Motion Pro, you can't go wrong with this book.
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By Amazon Customer on 18 April 2013
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A very thourough book on all things stop motion. Very helpfull and packed with information for using Stop Motion Pro.
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Animating with Stop Motion Pro 22 Aug 2010
By Jeremy Moorshead - Published on
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Mark Sawicki has produced a very thorough and practical book to get someone started as a stop motion animator. Although the title implies that the content is very software orientated, the main body of the text is more about stop motion production with the software instruction being only a small part of it, which is a good approach. Subsequently, there is a very good balance between software instruction and tips and broader animation storytelling issues associated with stop motion production. To illustrate this, I particularly liked that the book did not go straight into explaining how to do something in Stop Motion Pro, with the minimum overview, as many software-centered books do. Instead, it explains how an effect was created traditionally, highlighting the draw backs encountered by the animator, then goes on to explain how Stop Motion Pro can be used to do the same effect without the analog drawbacks. The book covers choices regarding technology based on very clear information and effectively identifies less well used features of the program and shows how to be creative with these.
One slight disappointment was how little mention there was of British stop motion pioneers of the 1960s and 70s who inspired later, more well known animators, such as Sproxton and Lord and Nick Park; people like Oliver Postgate and the stop motion output of Gordon Murray Pictures.
Overall, the book covers everything a student or enthusiast would need to know about replacement, straight ahead and destructive animation techniques and how to fabricate, build, set up, shoot, edit and add sound with practical knowledge and application of the software. Processes cover an array of fabrication techniques starting with aluminum wire armatures moving on to ball and socket. The introduction to Stop Motion Pro is covered with enough detail to get the animator started with exercises that go on to fully explore the program. My students will be using this book in my class.
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