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Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation [Paperback]

Peter Lord , Brian Sibley
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25 Oct 2010
The multiple Oscar-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit show you how to make your own successful animation films in a new, thoroughly revised edition of this acclaimed book. Peter Lord co-founder of Aardman guides the reader through the entire process of 3D animation, culminating in a practical, fully illustrated step-by-step description of how to create effective characters, a storyboard, sets, and eventually make an entire film. In this new edition, the section on CGI has been updated, and the chapter on Making a Film has been completely overhauled to bring out the difference in structure, thinking and technique when applied to scripting, characterization, short films, television work, advertising and feature films. For fans and enthusiasts of all ages, as well as for serious students of animation, this book is not only a lot of fun it is essential reading.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 2 edition (25 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289068
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 0.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Revealing ... the fact that the book serves as a great compendium of images from our favourite shorts and movies is just icing on the cake. --Animation Magazine

Insightful ... will be appealing to students of animation and anyone interested in the passion of these hobbyists turned world-renowned professionals. --Computer Arts

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This is sort of a behind-the-scenes book that looks at animation production inside the famous Aardman Studios, creators of successful Wallace and Gromit films, Chicken Run and others.

The perspective is that of Aardman Studios so this book focuses on stop-motion animation. The 3-D in the title means the physical 3D, the actual construction of stuff, as compared to computer generated 3D (only a small section is on that).

The book starts with a long but interesting history of animation, right from the day stop motion was used for films up to the recent releases for Aardman Studios.

The second part jumps into the more technical side of making animation. There are chapters on basic clay animation, model makings, set designs, animating movements and expressions and using CGI. These are all furnished with lots of great pictures and insightful commentary from the staff. It's difficult not to marvel at the ingenuity behind making these animation. There are explanation on the camera tricks used, on how to create enduring characters on paper and in clay, and other production stories.

The final part looks at film making in depth, from scripting to animating, including thoughts given to creating other related content like games and websites. Several films were used as mini case studies, such as the early Peter Lord's Adam, Curse of the Were-rabbit, Chicken Run and other lesser known films.

This is a very insightful book on stop-motion animation, and on how Aardman Studios make theirs. Recommended to fans and enthusiasts.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 8 Dec 2011
this is a fantastic book for any budding animator. I got it for my 8 year old son who had completed a one week trick-box course over the summer and he has dived straight in. It explains many important processes and shows relevant examples etc. and most of these are from the well know aardman studios animations like wallace and gromit & shaun the sheep, which i believe was the inspiration for my sons animation in the first place. I too find the book very interesting and cant wait to get animating with my son on some of the projects he has planned.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Roll out the clay, baby! 24 Jan 1999
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I have been describing this book as a book that has changed my life. As an aspiring clay animator I have learned tons of tricks and feel so much more confident to get out there and move my clay!
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy buy buy 3 Jun 2014
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I absolutely love this book definitely worth purchasing as it has many great animation information and technique inside great bargain and great for animators
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for Granddaughter 1 April 2014
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I bought this for my 12 year old granddaughter who is very into all types of animation and thought it was great. This has fulled her desire to get involved in modelling and making her own short animated films Thus providing me with lots of future gift ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 3 Mar 2014
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What a great book, my son lives it. We got it for his birthday to go with a stop motion camera and editing kit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, educational and funny. 14 Sep 2013
By Art
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An insightful trip to the Aardman's world and its workflow.

Using the Aardman history as common thread, the book goes through the animation evolution, looking into Aardman's best feature films and shorts and revealing some of their working secrets and pro tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking present..... 6 April 2013
By Andrew
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Arrived on time, in great condition.

This present has given my daughter hours of pleasure and assisted her in developing her modelling skills....
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