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For over 40 years, Aardman has entertained and charmed the world, creating memorable stories and timeless animated characters that have gone on to become household names - including Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph. But how did two teenagers experimenting with animation on an old kitchen table go on to create a world-class studio that conquered Hollywood? This is an intimate, revealing and funny behind-the-scenes story of Aardman, told in their own words by co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton and featuring Nick Park. The colourful account follows Peter and David's extraordinary journey from their humble beginnings as penniless students, teaching themselves the craft of animation, and recounts the key moments that defined their careers and shaped Aardman into the British success story it is today. THIS STORY INCLUDES: KEY MOMENTS THAT SHAPED AARDMAN - their first professional commissions, developing iconic TV commercials, creating the most-played music video of all time and delivering a pitch to Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg. HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR - What's it like to work with big stars like Mel Gibson, Hugh Grant and Eddie Redmayne, and what goes on behind the scenes at the Oscars (R)? HIGHS AND LOWS - Winning awards and recognition worldwide for their work, and dealing with the heartbreak of shutting down a production. INSIGHTS into how two men who freely admit they are not at all business-minded managed to build a multi-million pound business. CONTRIBUTIONS from Eddie Redmayne, Timothy Spall, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Grant. Foreword by Matt Groening.
Once you've downloaded the free app you just scan the pages and all the toys jump out in 3D animation onto your book. Play with Woody; press Buzz's buttons to open his wings, trigger his laser light and sounds; fill Hamm with coins. Help Woody and his friends collect the augmented reality clues and then unlock a hidden Toy Story 4 character! It's an augmented reality adventure to infinity... and beyond!
Foreword by Seth MacFarlane On the twentieth anniversary of the seven-time Emmy Award-winning Fox animated television series comes Inside Family Guy: An Illustrated History, a fully illustrated, full-color visual guide honoring its reign-from storyboards to character sketches to script excerpts to cast and crew interviews-and giving fans exclusive access behind the scenes. This comprehensive guide is an essential collector's item for the millions and millions of Family Guy fans around the world. Featuring 240 pages of concept art, exclusive interviews with crew and cast members-including Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein, and Mike Henry-script excerpts, production notes, and countless insights on the making of the episodes as well as fan favorite characters Meg Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Brian Griffin, Lois Griffin, and Cleveland Brown, this is the ultimate guide to one of the most popular animated shows ever created. Commentary from the crew will walk fans through every step of production, from conception meetings to the final print, detailing not only the artistic process but the history of its creation as well. Featuring storyboards, costume designs, reference photographs, immaculate background paintings and much more, the world of Family Guy and its memorable characters has never been revealed in such gorgeous detail before.
The Neon Genesis Evangelion television series revolutionized Japanese anime with its incredible animation, sophisticated storytelling, and dynamic mecha designs. This book is an archive of design sketches created for the 1995 television series, as well as the 1997 theatrical release. Included are draft artwork of characters, mecha, weapons, vehicles, interior and exterior locations, and more, all supported by the original artists' detailed design notes. This 432-page tome is a must-have for any fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion, animation production, and character design.
The story of one woman's quest to move to Los Angeles and got a job in animation...and how you can too. When artist Tally Nourigat left her life in Portland to move to Los Angeles and pursue a job in animation, she realized that despite her research, nothing truly prepared her for the wild world that awaited in the studios of Southern California. From grinding on storyboard test after storyboard test to getting a job at a major studio to searching for an apartment in...the Valley...this autobiographical how-to graphic novel explores the highest highs and lowest lows of pursuing a dream in animation. Brushed with a dose of humor and illustrated advice about salaries, studio culture, and everything in between, I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation is the unique insider experience you won't find anywhere else.
Completely revised, expanded & updated, The Dead Walk is a highly informative and entertaining study of the diverse zombie film phenomenon. Included are a visual feast of wide-ranging and often shocking films - from the monochrome epics of the 1930's & 1940's, the science-fiction orientated zombie films of the 1950's, the graphic splatter films & so-called "video nasties" of the 1980's before coming bang up to date to reflect the re-emergence of the zombie genre again, only now racing rather than shuffling towards box office domination anew. The Dead Walk provides a fascinating insight into films from across the globe as well as devoting proper attention to individual filmmakers such as George A. Romero & Lucio Fulci who have made the zombie genre their own. As well as detailing the historical origins of zombie lore rooted within Haitian voodoo rites, films as diverse as Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead series to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange are featured, together with a separate chap
This book celebrates 40 years of the Aardman studio by taking the reader on a tour through its archives. The studio responsible for creating Academy Award (R) winning and nominated movies such as Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists shares its creations' evolution with initial outlines where the characters were developed sketch by sketch, beautiful concept art, and the settings that created the background on which these stories played out. With forewords from founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton, extracts from the sketchbooks of creators and directors including Lord, Nick Park and Richard Starzak, this book is the essential guide to the animation studio that brought much-loved characters and unforgettable stories to life.
From its crudely drawn vignettes on The Tracey Ullman Show to its nearly 700 episodes, The Simpsons has evolved from an alternative programming experiment to a worldwide cultural phenomenon. At 30 seasons and counting, The Simpsons boasts the distinction as the longest-running fictional primetime series in the history of American television. Broadcast around the globe, the show's viewers relate to a plethora of iconic characters-from Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, and Bart to Kwik-E-Mart proprietor Apu, bar owner Moe, school principal Seymour Skinner, and conniving businessman Montgomery Burns, among many others. In The Simpsons: A Cultural History, Moritz Fink explores the show's roots, profiles its most popular characters, and examines the impact the series has had-not only its shaping of American culture but its pivotal role in the renaissance of television animation. Fink traces the show's comic forerunners-dating back to early twentieth century comic strips as well as subversive publications like Mad magazine-and examines how the show, in turn, generated a new wave of animation that changed the television landscape. Drawing on memorable scenes and providing useful background details, this book combines cultural analysis with intriguing trivia. In addition to an appreciation of the show's landmark episodes, The Simpsons: A Cultural History offers an entertaining discussion of the series that will appeal to both casual fans and devoted aficionados of this groundbreaking program.
The animated science-fiction adventures of Rick and Morty are irreverent, shocking, and hilarious--from the cynical and rapid-fire one liners, to the grotesquely and endearing character designs. Now, take a deep trans-dimensional dive into the creation of these many insane universes with The Art of Rick and Morty!This new book is a must-have, not only for followers of the series, but for fans of animation as well! Featuring intimate commentary from the show's creators accompanying a vast collection of process, concept, and production art, this volume offers a tantalizing exploration of one of the most outlandish and beloved shows on television. Don't miss your chance to see the amazing art that goes into creating this twisted and fantastic Adult Swim series!Exclusive never before seen concept art from the making of the hit animated series, Rick and Morty! The comprehensive companion to the hit series, Rick and Morty!The art book that Rick and Morty fans have been waiting for!
Discover everything there is to know about The LEGOŽ Batman Movie in one awesome collection. A slipcase with an exclusive minifigure and two exciting movie tie-in books, The LEGO Batman Movie The Essential Collection is the perfect companion to LEGO Batman's first solo movie.
Explore the heroes, villains, vehicles and locations of the movie in an expanded edition of The LEGO Batman Movie The Essential Guide; and discover fun and informative captions with a range of engaging stickers in a brand new villains of Gotham City themed Ultimate Sticker Book.
Netflix's BoJack Horseman has quickly become one of the most critically acclaimed animated comedy series in recent memory. Set in an off-kilter, cynically spun rendering of modern-day Hollywood, the show follows washed-up horse actor BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) as he attempts to turn his life around. BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse is the official behind-the-scenes companion to this cult-hit series. Part oral history sourced from original interviews with the show's cast and crew, part art book-including sketches, storyboards, and background art-this book will trace the series from conception to post-production. Beginning with the initial development of creator/ showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg and production designer Lisa Hanawalt's inimitable aesthetic vision, The Art Before the Horse goes on to reveal all of the moving parts-direction, writing, casting, animation, and music-that come together to form this uniquely bleak, emotionally potent, very funny show.
Comic Books Incorporated tells the story of the US comic book business, reframing the history of the medium through an industrial and transmedial lens. Comic books wielded their influence from the margins and in-between spaces of the entertainment business for half a century before moving to the center of mainstream film and television production. This extraordinary history begins at the medium's origin in the 1930s, when comics were a reviled, disorganized, and lowbrow mass medium, and surveys critical moments along the way--market crashes, corporate takeovers, upheavals in distribution, and financial transformations. Shawna Kidman concludes this revisionist history in the early 2000s, when Hollywood had fully incorporated comic book properties and strategies into its business models and transformed the medium into the heavily exploited, exceedingly corporate, and yet highly esteemed niche art form we know so well today.
A colorful sticker book with more than 100 stickers. Woody and Buzz Lightyear are back! Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Toy Story gang. Including more than 100 colorful stickers, this fun book will help children catch up with much-loved old friends, including Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Bo Peep, Bullseye, Hamm, Rex, and Trixie. DK's Ultimate Sticker Book is packed with beautiful, bright stickers and lively, informative captions--a must-have title for Disney Pixar movie fans or fans of the hugely popular Toy Story franchise. * Learn all about the characters in the latest exciting movie, and discover key locations, cool vehicles, and iconic moments. Directed by Josh Cooley (Riley's First Date?) and produced by Jonas Rivera (Inside Out, Up) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer Inside Out). * 2019 Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved.
With a story that's spanned more than 20 years, the adventures of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang have captured the hearts of millions. The Art of Toy Story 4 invites readers to explore the next installment of Pixar's beloved franchise through never-before-seen concept art, character studies, process animation, storyboards, colorscripts, and more. Featuring exclusive interviews with the production team on the making of the film and insights into their creative vision, The Art of Toy Story 4 reveals the vivid imagination that brought this story to life.
Eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei are overjoyed about moving into a historic country house with teir dad - but the girls don't realise what a delightful adventure awaits them there. WHie exploring their sprawling home and th beautiful rural area that surrounds it, Satsuki & Mei meet Granny,a sweet old woman, and her timid grandson Kanta. They also experience firsthand the magic of the Soot Sprites,mysterious creatures that live in the walls, and discover a huge camphor tree that just might be enchanted...
Embargoed to 30th March 2017 The Art of Smurfs presents hundreds of storyboards, character design, and location concept pieces. With a foreword by Veronique Culliford, daughter of Pierrot "Peyo" Culliford, this insider's guide celebrates her father's cherished Smurfs and provides a glimpse into the creative process that turned his popular comics into a feature-length, animated film. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning
animator behind "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
The ultimate guide to visual storytelling! How to make the audience "feel" the story while they are "reading" the story. Using his experiences from working in the comic book industry, movie studios and teaching, Marcos introduces the reader to a step-by-step system that will create the most successful storyboards and graphics for the best visual communication.
After a brief discussion on narrative art, Marcos introduces us to drawing and composing a single image, to composing steady shots to drawing to compose for continuity between all the shots. These lessons are then applied to three diverse story lines - a train accident, a cowboy tale and bikers approaching a mysterious house.
In addition to setting up the shots, he also explains and illustrates visual character development, emotive stances and expressions along with development of the environmental setting to fully develop the visual narrative.
In the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay's Super Team, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, 1st generation Indian boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father's traditions. This art-filled peek behind the curtain of this groundbreaking film is sure to excite Sanjay's legion of fans and thrill animation lovers around the world.
The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs is the only book to take readers behind the scenes of the beloved auteur's newest stop-motion animated film. ?Through the course of several in-depth interviews with film critic Lauren Wilford, writer and director Wes Anderson shares the story behind Isle of Dogs's conception and production, and Anderson and his collaborators reveal entertaining anecdotes about the making of the film, their sources of inspiration, the ins and outs of stop-motion animation, and many other insights into their moviemaking process. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs, concept artwork, and hand-written notes and storyboards accompany the text. The book also features an introduction by critics and collaborators Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou, and a foreword by critic Matt Zoller Seitz. The fourth volume of the New York Times bestselling Wes Anderson Collection, Isle of Dogs stays true to the series with its rich design and colorful illustrations, capturing Anderson's signature aesthetic vision and bringing the series's definitive study of Anderson's filmography up to date. Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. The film features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Akira Ito, Yoko Ono, Mari Natsuko, Harvey Keitel, Courtney B. Vance, Ken Watanabe, Scarlett Johnasson, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, and Liev Schreiber.
Go behind-the-scenes of the animated mega-sequel with this tome of production artwork, including character designs and environments. After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po continues his "legendary adventures of awesomeness". He must train a village of clumsy pandas to help him defeat the villainous Kai, while also facing a supernatural threat.
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