In a world that is dominated by computer images, alternative stop motion techniques like pixilation, time-lapse photography and down-shooting techniques combined with new technologies offer a new, tangible and exciting approach to animation. With over 25 years professional experience, industry veteran, Tom Gasek presents a comprehensive guide to stop motion animation without the focus on puppetry or model animation. With tips, tricks and hands-on exercises, Frame by Frame will help both experienced and novice filmmakers get the most effective results from this underutilized branch of animation. Practical insight and inspiration from leading filmmakers like PES (Western Spaghetti Creator, Time Magazine's #2 Viral Video of 2008), Dave Borthwick, of the Bolex Brothers and more! The accompanying website will include further content driven examples, indexes of stop motion software, a recommended film list and tools and resources for the beginner and intermediate stop motion artist, animators and filmmakers.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What are the Possibilities?
Chapter 2: Shooting Frame by Frame
Chapter 3: Pixilation
Chapter 4: Time Lapse
Chapter 5: Cinematography, Lighting and Composition
Chapter 6: Objects, People & Places
Chapter 7: The Multiplane Down-shooter
Chapter 8: A Sense of Drama
Chapter 9: Visual Rhythm
Chapter 10: Collage (The Digital Advantage)
Chapter 11: Massaging Frames in the Edit
Chapter 12: Off to the Market
Tom Gasek has over twenty-five years of award winning stop motion animation production experience as an animator and director, having worked with directors like Will Vinton, Art Clokey and Henry Selick. At Aardman Studios, he contributed Nick Park' s Wallace & Gromit short, "The Wrong Trousers. Gasek co-directed and animated, "The Inside-Out Boy (Nickelodeon), which is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, Tom has worked on Aardman's "Creature Comforts America, Sony Bravia's "Play-Doh, and Laika's "Coraline. Tom is currently an assistant professor at the School of Film & Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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