3rd Edition

Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation

By Susannah Shaw Copyright 2017
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Stop motion animation is a challenging and time-consuming skill that requires patience, adaptability, and a close eye to detail. Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation, 3rd Edition is the essential guide to help stop motion animators overcome these challenges of this highly-skilled craft. Author Susannah Shaw provides a step-by-step guide to creating successful stop motioin films. Starting with some basic exercises, the reader will learn about developing a story, making models, creating sets and props, the mechanics of movements, filming postproduction, and how to set about finding that first elusive job in a modern studio.

    Key Features

    • Interviews with current stars,
    • step-by-step examples,
    • coverage of Rapid Prototyping and Dragonframe Software 

    Chapter 1
    Playing God

    Chapter 2
    Getting Equipped

    Chapter 3
    Getting Animated

    Chapter 4
    Keep it Simple - Developing your Story

    Chapter 5
    Coat-hangersdor Armatures - making your own model

    Chapter 6
    Advanced Modelmaking

    Chapter 7
    Four walls and a sky - Sets and props

    Chapter 8
    Sound Advice - The voice track

    Chapter 9
    The mechanics of movement

    Chapter 10
    The performance

    Chapter 11
    Under the lens

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13
    Getting the job - The business of animation


    Since November 2014, Susannah has been CEO of the Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon, North Somerset, a unique independent cinema, that has run continuously since 1912. 

    Previously, she was director of Animated Exeter, a lively annual animation festival. In 1996 she founded the Bristol Animation Course at the University of the West of England, supported by Aardman Animations. It was this course along with several years working on and off at Aardman in the camera department that resulted in her first Stop Motion book. 

    Susannah has also directed radio and television programmes for the BBC, having worked at BBC Bristol as an assistant editor and in the distant past, an assistant animator on the series, Animated Conversations, the BBC’s precursor to Channel 4’s LipSynch series.