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Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics

Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics

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Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics

Revised edition

By Maureen Furniss

Publication date: 2007
Total pages: 278 + x
ISBN: 0 86196 663 5
Price: £ 20.00


Description

Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics is the first comprehensive examination of the aesthetics of animation in its many forms. It overviews the relationship between animation studies and media studies on a larger scale, then focuses on specific aesthetic issues concerning flat and dimensional animation, full and limited animation, and new technologies. The book contains a series of studies on abstract animation, audiences, representation and institutional regulators.

The first half of Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics overviews the relationship between animation studies and media studies on a larger scale, then focuses on specific aesthetic issues concerning two-dimensional and three-dimensional, limited and full animation and digital technologies. The second half contains a series of studies on particular topics, including abstract animation, audiences, representation and institutional regulators. This revised edition contains recent examples of animation, including updated information on digital media.

Art in Motion is an essential textbook for all students of Animation, Media Studies, Film/TV Studies and Art Education. Updated by the author, this valuable work becomes still more relevant for animation studies students.

Contents

Include:

Animation and media studies and defining animation and live-action on a continuum. Influences on the development of animation: optical toys and screen practice; print comics; the relationship of animation to live-action film.
Foundations of contemporary animation practices. Flat and dimensional animation: the American film industry to 1915; innovations in animation techniques; assembly-line mass-production and creative control; marketing through differentiation and innovation.
Alternatives in animation production . Modes of production and flat animation as an extension of other arts: drawing and painting; camera-less animation; cut-outs; sand; stratacut and wax forms; pinboards.
General concepts in animation aesthetics. Animation design; structure; images; colour and line; movement and kinetics; voice and sound.
The classical-era Disney Studio. Historical overview; joining the competition; innovation and marketing; balancing fine art and popular culture; Snow White; movement and personality; storytelling and ideology; shifts in the studio structure.
Full and limited cel animation. Aesthetic issues; United productions of America; made-for-television animation.

Other chapters include: Dimensional Animation; Animation and New Technologies; Finding 'Meaning' in Abstract Animation; Oskar Fischinger and the Animation Process; Animation and Its Audiences; Race, Ethnicity and Stereotypes in Animation; Women's Voices in Animation; Postmodern Style; 'The Simpsons' and Beyond; Issues of Adaptation: Alice.

Biography

Maureen Furniss, the Founding Editor of Animation Journal, teaches on the animation faculty at California Institute of the Arts.



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