Basics Animation: Stop-motion is your guide to the particular qualities that make stop-motion unique and how all the elements of film-making - such as camera work, design, colour, lighting, music and storytelling- all come together in this art form.
Throughout the book you will learn how to bring together the particular types of movement, characters and stories that stop-motion does so brilliantly to help make your first film a dazzling success.
Along the way there are plenty of tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of the medium, along with dozens of colour illustrations to show how film-making masters through the years have used stop-motion in feature films, short films and TV series.
Award-winning animator Barry Purves also guides you through the development of stop-motion, charting how it evolved almost by accident to become a much-loved form of storytelling in its own right that, after 110 years, is still going strong and pushing new boundaries.
Mark Osborne, co-director of DreamWorks Animations Oscar-nominated film, Kung Fu Panda, has given Barry Purves's book a rave review on the Animation World Network site.
He writes "I wish I had a book like this when I was starting out ... To
say this book is a perfect companion for anyone interested in
stop-motion at any level is a tremendous understatement. Even by taking
just a cursory glance through the pages, you will find that the wide
range of photographic examples alone make this book a must have ... As
someone who has previously been a teacher in the medium, I am very
excited to find a book that would make for a perfect textbook should I
ever teach again." Read the rest here. Cartoon Brew and Stop Motion Magazine have also both referred to the book as a "must have" for animators.