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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (23 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520933
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 1.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dream Worlds is a must have for its visuals alone - I can only describe them as gorgeous." .. World Animation Journal

About the Author

By Hans Bacher, Hans Bacher has been a major influence on the design of Disney films for nearly 20 years. His work appears in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Mulan. Winner of the prestigious "Annie" animation award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production" for his work on Mulan.


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This book is an invaluable resource for any production designer. It talks about how to go about setting the style and look for animation.

This is a very practical book. While it talks on the production design process, it provides tons of examples from Disney's archive to support design concepts. There are many useful lessons, such as film analysis, visual development and research, camera rules, composition, staging and others.

There are also dedicated chapters to films where Hans Bacher talks specifically on how production design was done.

I bought this book primarily for the art but I've realised that there's more to all the art displayed. Many of the storyboards, while lacking details are visually strong because of the composition.

Every example included in the book serves to emphasis design concepts. The clear and simple explanation provides another perspective into looking at storyboards, into understanding what the scene means and how it contributes to the story.

This book is well worth the money, actually not just to production designers, but for every artist. The lessons taught are universal and can be applied in different fields if it's related to art.

Let me end with a quote from Andrea Deja, the Supervising Animator of Walt Disney Studios:

When it comes to color, composition and design, Hans is in a class by himself. Look through the pages of Dream Worlds and be inspired by Han's high standards and his art. It is a feast for the eyes.
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I've recently become interested in production design for animation and had no clue where to begin. This book is so very, very helpful - Bacher's art is beautiful, and his tips on staging, camera angles and the production method of animated films are invaluable. It's also fascinating to see work from the films he has worked on, with some great crowd pleasers such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast included (his work for Beauty and the Beast in particular - it looks better than the look in the final film in my opinion). The only criticism I have is that he mentions a lot of artists that he admires and influenced the look of the films he worked on, and it would have been nice to see some comparisons or just a few examples to show what he means. That said, it's a fantastic book which anyone even remotely interested in production design should read.
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If you are into animation design then this is an excellent look into what it is about and what you need to look at. It won't tell you everything, but is a great introduction with some beautiful artwork!
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Dream Worlds gave me a fascinating insight into the world of the animated movie production designer. As you might expect from a graphic artist of such high calibre, the book is beautifully laid out. The individual images are frequently striking, some of them good enough to be framed and hung on the wall.
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Fantastic book, with insights into the the animation industry by one of the greats, I can recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in storyboarding or animation. I keep going back to it again and again.
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You'll be privileged to own a copy of this.
Everything from Staging, Rhythm to Colour usage is covered. There's also a short analytical piece on film followed by camera tricks.
Throughout the book Bacher shares his experiences and gives us pointers in the design department, as well as how to compose the story visually, with layout/storyboard examples and an impressive range of his unique styles and dazzling concept paintings. The works in progress aren't too shabby either!
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