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The Art of Dreamworks An­i­ma­tion by Ramin Za­hed

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame -

[Abrams, $50]

In cel­e­bra­tion of the stu­dio’s 20th an­niver­sary, DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion and Abrams Books have put to­gether an un­prece­dented, be­hind-the-scenes jour­ney through its ar­chives. With for­mer An­imag edi­tor Za­hed to guide you, slip into this lushly il­lus­trated guide to DreamWorks’ achieve­ments, from the hand-drawn The Prince of Egypt to the clay­ma­tion of Chicken Run and on to the tech­nol­ogy step­ping stones of CG works Antz, Shark Tale and this year’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Home.

In ad­di­tion to 325 pieces of con­cept art, char­ac­ter de­sign and sto­ry­boards (in a 324-page book!), read­ers are treated to an in­spir­ing fore­word from CEO and co-founder Jef­frey Katzen­berg, an in­sight­ful in­tro­duc­tion from chief cre­ative of­fi­cer Bill Da­m­aschke and run­ning com­men­tary full of in­sider per­spec­tives, mem­o­ries and ob­ser­va­tions from the artists and di­rec­tors be­hind all of DreamWorks’ 30 films to-date. To quote Da­m­aschke, this is truly a “com­pen­dium of all that DreamWorks has been and all that it will be.”

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