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Alchemy of Animation, The Paperback – 25 Aug 2011
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Don Hahn's name is synonymous with some of the most critically acclaimed animated motion pictures of this generation, including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "The Lion King," and "Beauty and the Beast," (the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture (and before the Best Animated Film category was established). He was also the associate producer for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the groundbreaking 1988 film that pioneered new techniques for combining animation and live-action. His other film credits include "Fantasia/2000" and "Atlantis." He is currently at work on his next Disney animated film.
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Don Hahn brings us down to the production floor, visiting every department, talking about the people and their role in movie production. You may have seen many making-of videos from DVDs but this book is the one stop source to the introduction to animation.
The book introduces the process of animation from idea creation to the ending post production work. It looks at three forms of animation that exist today and talks about how they are created. They are the computer-generated, 2D hand-drawn and stop-motion production.
Included concept art, sketches, set photos, sculptures, storyboards, 3D renders and some discarded ideas are included. This is like walking along studio corridors looking at all the art pinned on the boards.
The roles and responsibilities of every crew working on the film is explained. In a sort of way, it's also a guide to finding what kind of jobs are available in the animation industry. For the longest time, I've been trying to find out what a clean-up artist does and now I know, which is to "clean up" characters making sure they are consistent in style.
For people interested in the animation industry or how animated movies are made, this book provides a very good introductory background.
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