Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance Paperback – 8 Dec 2007
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"This is a must-have book for anyone interested in the art of animation and I urge you to buy it and see for yourself what a feast for the eyes and the intellect it is!" .. World Animation Journal
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Perhaps only such a professional and established talent could write so openly and engagingly. The author's enthusiasm is as infectious as his talent is impressive. 'Stop motion' is in many ways a love affair with a most wonderful artform - a journey through all that inspires the author and other leaders in the field. I particularly love that time was taken to interview other animators on various themes as the answers are often quirky and entertaining.
Add to that superb presentation with excellent illustration and you have a definite winner brimming with inspiration. Naturally it will be a hit with students and professionals of the craft, but I also suspect it will generate much new interest and respect. Superb!
I love Purves's work. You can tell through both his films and his writing that he is intensely passionate about what he does. I think his film `Next' is fantastic. I just love the idea and it amazes me when I think about how difficult it must have been to think it through enough in order to make the concept work as beautifully and seamlessly as this. I also love the theatrical quality of Purves's films, there is just something about them that draws me in and engages my imagination. I also admire how well his puppets are animated, they really do `come to life.'
I am finding this book to be a genuine source of inspiration. It is helping me to realise why it is that I love the stop motion craft and is motivating me to keep going and not give up on doing what I love. I think it is one of the only books that I have bought for my animation course that I am not going to struggle to stay engaged with from beginning to end. It isn't filled with lots of unnecessarily complex language and film theories. It is just simply examining the art form and demonstrating why it is such a wonderful technique to become involved with. It is a pleasure to read and I think it will have a huge impact on my own attitude and practice in future.
Purves' writing is refreshingly personal and honest. He talks us through his colourful career in animation, giving an insightful insider's perspective. The book is unashamedly celebratory of the medium and features contributions from relevant names in the business adding further perspectives.
The book thoughtfully contextualizes puppet animation, opening up a whole world of research, inspiration and further reading. Purves discusses filmmaking from a truly artistic perspective and dare I say, practically for the first time, acknowledges, and goes into detail about the parallels between stop motion animation and theatre.
From start to finish it was entertaining, thought-provoking, even philosophical. It's a book that begs to be read more than once. A touching and unique read - one of a kind - and deserves to be on the shelf of anyone remotely interested in stop motion animation. The insight into the creative process and the discussion of storytelling, different art forms and relevant mediums is fascinating to practitioners in any field.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a step by step instructional book on exactly how to animate, but more a collection of thoughts and experience from one of the foremost stop-motion animators in the... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2009 by vagen
this book is a must read for anyone interested in animation for those that appreciate animation and those that make animationPublished on 4 July 2009 by L. O. Igbinosun
What an extraordinary review by J Burns. I wondered a) why he chose the book; b) whether he actually read it; and c) whether he enjoys animation. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2008 by Freespiral
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