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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: 24.1 x 2 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,136 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Adam Elliott on 8 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Greaves on 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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By Bridie on 9 Mar. 2011
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Does what it says on the box!!! An excellent book, very informative and looks at many different aspects of the animators` tasks/roles. Explains the background and history to some animation. Not so techinical that you need a degree but not dumbed-down either. A great book for anyone just interested in the subject or keen to perhaps look at where and how to start a career in animation. Highly recommended. Absolutely Cracking!
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By boo on 6 Jan. 2011
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Bought this for my nephew who's keen on modelling and animation who found this very interesting and informative. He took great pleasure in showing me how different characters and effects can be created and proceeded to put some into practice. Great buy for anyone interested in 3D animation
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By susewalk on 31 May 2011
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I bought this for a friend of 12 who loves animation and making his own films, he said it was the best birthday present and just what he wanted! It's a great book for those into animation, he loved looking at it and is into doing his own animation using stuff with guidance from the book.
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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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