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Stop-motion Animation

Stop-motion Animation: Frame by Frame Film-making with Puppets and Models

by Barry J. C. Purves

Barry Purves is a stop-motion animator and director with more than thirty years' experience. His films have won more than 60 major international awards, including Grand Prix's, Best Director, Best Film, and Oscar and BAFTA nominations. He has been involved with such diverse works as The Wind in the Willows, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Chorlton and the Wheelies, Rupert Bear, Mars Attacks!, King Kong and Hamilton Mattress. Barry has held master classes in most of the major animation studios and colleges around the world and is the author of Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fairchild Books, 2014
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474222365
  • ISBN:
    978-1-474222-36-5 (online)

    978-1-472521-90-3 (paperback)

    978-1-4725-3943-4 (epdf)

    978-1-3500-1671-2 (epub)
  • Edition:
    Second edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2018
Stop-motion Animation
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Stop-motion Animation explores how all the elements of film-making – camera work, design, colour, lighting, editing, music and storytelling – come together in this unique art form. With tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your films, and with examples from some of the masters of the craft, Barry Purves shows how to make the most of the movement, characters and stories that typify stop-motion.

With dozens of beautiful new examples from around the world, this new edition includes a project in each chapter, with pointers on finding a story and characters, developing a script and storyboard, constructing puppets and dealing with the practicalities of film-making. These projects combine to lead you through the creation of your first one-minute stop-motion animation.