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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Tony Dalton. From crude model animations in the s, through the first animated feature and into the computer age, Ray Harryhausen and his co-author, Tony Dalton, reveal the patience and ingenuity of animators and explain the development of the technology. The insights of Harryhausen, the pioneer whose name is indelibly linked with stop-motion, add a rich extra dimension to this history, packed with cinematic monsters, fantasy creatures, the imaginings of Tim Burton and Aardman, and much more.

Never-before-published stills and photos of the artists at work, sketches and storyboards for projects both realized and abandoned, and a host of recently unearthed memorabilia make A Century of Stop-Motion Animation a must-have for all fans of animation and film. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.

Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Jul 08, Loren Schmidt rated it liked it. The writing in this book is actually pretty bad, but the book was obviously put together with a lot of love. It contains many fascinating details about stop motion techniques Did you know that they used air bladders to animate the breathing of the characters in King Kong?

There are also some fun stories about the production of various movies. There is unsurprisingly a pretty heavy focus on Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien in this book. I'd rather read a history with more attention paid to othe The writing in this book is actually pretty bad, but the book was obviously put together with a lot of love. I'd rather read a history with more attention paid to other artists Harryhausen is fun, but I think he gets a disproportionate amount of attention. I found the book informative nonetheless.

The book also mentions quite a few neat sounding movies I'd never heard of. My brother gave this hard cover edition to me as a gift. It is the coolest! I'll lose myself in it for hours. I think it's part two in a series but I'm not sure. This is an awesome book to have on the coffee table at all times. Sep 21, Yuki rated it really liked it. A comprehensive, well researched guide to a history of stop motion supported by clear, detailed photographs and images.

Jan 23, Jesse Bray rated it it was amazing. I constantly find myself re-reading this book at least times a year. It's both historically informative and visually inspiring. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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View Larger Image. Quarto hardcover, pp. Postage quoted is for a standard format octavo book. Final charges may vary depending on size and weight. Stop-motion animation was, until the advent of computer-generated imagery, the most successful way of creating cinematic monsters and fantasy creatures. It will be forever associated with the names of Willis O'Brien, the creator of King Kong, and Ray Harryhausen but its origins go back to the s.


A Century of Stop Motion Animation : From Melies to Aardman

The technique of stop-motion model animation — bringing models to life by filming them one frame at a time — was the most important way of creating cinematic monsters and fantasy creatures before the advent of computer-generated imagery. In this book Ray Harryhausen and his co-author Tony Dalton trace the history of the genre to which Ray devoted the whole of his working life, from the almost accidental discovery that inanimate objects could be brought to life on the screen to movies such as Jurassic Park, which combined model animation with computer-based techniques to bring a new generation of prehistoric creatures to life. In doing so he gives his readers a fascinating insight into the patience and ingenuity of the animators, explains the development and refinement of the technology, especially that which enabled actors and animated models to interact on the same screen, and gives us tantalising glimpses of the many abandoned projects which litter the history of model animation. The book is lavishly illustrated with stills, many of them from forgotten movies and never before published in book form, sketches and storyboards for projects, explanatory diagrams, rare photographs of animators and artists at work and a host of memorabilia.


A Century of Stop-Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman



A Century of Stop Motion Animation From Melies to Aardman


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