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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.

Here's the list of chapters:

* Film Analysis
* Beauty and the Beast
* Visual Development and Research
* Aladdin
* Inspiration
* Camera Rules
* The Lion King
* Composition
* Hercules
* Staging and Formats
* Mulan
* Rhythm and Style Variety
* Lilo and Stitch
* Value and Color
* Brother Bear
* Unfinished Disney Projects
* Own Projects
* The Masters -- Bambi

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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on 24 January 2010
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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on 7 June 2009
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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on 17 October 2012
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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on 9 February 2015
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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on 11 January 2008
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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on 9 September 2013
A really lovely book filled with good information, spoiled by lazy typography; rivers run throughout it. I'd expect a keener eye for detail in a book about design. It's a shame, it has a lot of promise but lets itself down by with this aspect of laziness.
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on 12 April 2013
A must have book for those interested in Production Design, beautifully illustrated, beautifully written and inspiring. One of those books you will come back to again and again.
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on 5 May 2011
ive only started reading and am already hooked its got so much to learn its so useful because am take a animation course
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on 1 January 2013
Bought this book for my niece for Xmas -- she was delighted and will use it lots of times for her computer animation
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