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Setting the Scene hc [Hardcover]

Fraser MacLean
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1 Sep 2011
The first of its kind, this comprehensive look at the art of 'Animation Layout' takes readers on a tour through this essential and beautiful, but often forgotten, art form, from animation's earliest pioneers through to the digital world of video games and contemporary cinema. It features never-before-seen art from major studios' archives and interviews with the biggest names in animation.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811869873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869874
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 28.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"MacLean's rich and well-researched book provides a compelling argument for the role of animation layout in achieving good cinematography, set design, lighting and form. It contains beautiful visuals and provides illustrations from masters of their art; the Maurice Noble and Philip De Guard examples were notable for me. Fascinating and highly recommended." - Nigel Newbutt, senior lecturer in media and digital cultures (Bath Spa University) --The Times Higher Education Supplement

About the Author

Fraser MacLean started work in film as a live action film editor, and began his career with animation with his work on WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988). He has worked for Passion Pictures, Cambridge Animation Systems, Telemagination, and Disney and on such films as SPACE JAM and Disney's TARZAN. He currently resides in Edinburgh, and runs the company Penciltown Animation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding - Highly Recommended 15 Nov 2011
The book is simply the most extensively researched tome of knowledge you could hope for on animation layout. Seasoned professionals and aspiring students will garner insight into a subject that no other work comes as close to explaining as thoroughly in my opinion, while Maclean's writing style makes for the whole experience to be very easy and enjoyable. With a bountiful collection of examples from the world of animation that we all know and love, i found myself going over and over the pages trying to absorb it all. It now fits snuggly along with my Art of Pixar books ready to be referenced and studied and shown to my fellow illustrators. I would recommend it along with the 'Animator's Survival Kit' by Richard E. Williams (Equally essential reading in my opinion)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful book 1 Nov 2011
By edygirl
What a beautiful book. Fraser Maclean really captures the essence of animation with those gorgeous layouts. The interviews with the original creators were fascinating. You pick up this book and want to give it to all your friends for Christmas - right now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Aug 2012
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Fascinating insight into a world that has passed many CG animators by. Makes life behind a CG 'lens' seem easy in comparison but also makes you aware of what that ease makes you overlook. Highlights both the benefits and pitfalls of modern techniques by retracing their history. A great way for any animator who works with storyboards, camera's, lighting and environments, to refresh their view of their own work. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horizon opener 25 July 2012
By Lj
This book is both beautifully written and illustrated. It discusses aspects of film-making that are rarely discussed in other sources, and never before brought together in one place. It would be fair to say that my mind has been well and truly blown! The perfect addition to any library! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treasure 29 May 2012
By Gav H
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The first book on this subject of its kind, Setting the Scene does for animation layout what The Animators Survival Kit did for animating characters! Comprehensively researched, not only is the author's vast knowledge of layout art (and it's often unrecognized importance) apparent through a multitude of interviews and illustrations highlighted but his deep passion for it too. A passion animation students and fans alike can only aspire too! A must read!
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