Adaptation for Animation

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Adaptation for Animation

Transforming Literature Frame by Frame, 1st Edition

By Hannes Rall 
472 pages
CRC Press

Talented animation artists often neglect successful storytelling in favor of strong visuals, but now you can have both with this complete guide to adaptation for animation. Veteran independent filmmaker Hannes Rall teaches you how to draw and adapt inspiration from copyright-free materials like fairy tales, myths, and classic literature, making it easier than ever to create your own compelling narrative.

Particular focus is given to making the adequate narrative and visual choices when transferring a text from page to screen: How to create a successful adaptation. With sections on subjects like transcultural adaptations, visual poetry and production design, this book is just the right mix of practical advice, lavish illustrations, and industry case studies to give you everything you need to start adapting your story today.

Key features:

    • Learn to apply concepts of adapting classic and modern literature for animation in different techniques
    • Exclusive interviews with animation legends Giannalberto Bendazzi, John Canemaker, Ishu Patel and Georges Schwizgebel
    • Lavishly illustrated with 325 color images (mostly never published before) that give thrilling insights into the visual development of award-winning animated adaptations

Table of Contents

PREFACE AUTHOR Part 1: Reflecting about Animated Adaptation 1. "It Is the World, Which Is within the Head of the Artist": A Closer Look at the History of Animated Adaptations An Interview with Giannalberto Bendazzi 2. "Animation Can Aspire to Poetic Imagery and Feeling" An Interview with John Canemaker Part 2: Genres, Strategies, and Methods 3. Animated Ever After: The Fairy Tale Adaptation4. Things That Go Bump on the Screen: Adapting Gothic Literature forAnimationIncluding Interviews with Benny Zelkowicz, Georges Schwizgebel and Maria Lorenzo5. As You Like It: Adapting Shakespeare for AnimationIncluding an Interview with Prof. Michael Dobson, Director of theShakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon and Pippa Nixon, Memberof the Royal Shakespeare Company6. Sushi on Sauerkraut? Transcultural AdaptationIncluding Interview with Ishu Patel7.Visual Poetry and Experimental Adaptation: Rhyme with ReasonIncluding Interviews with Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, Director of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Anna Kalus Goessner, Stefan Leuchtenberg and Martin Wallner, and Tan Wei Keong, Award Winning Animator 8.Uncharted Territories: Adapting Contemporary Literature for Animation Including Interview with Harry and Henry Zhuang, Singaporean Animation Directors Part 3: Images to Words 9.Visual Development and Artistic Research: How Story Defines Stylefor Animated AdaptationsIncluding Interview with Jorg von den Steinen, Editor at ZDF Germanyand Free AUTHOR AFTERWORD/CONCLUSION ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INDEX

About the Author

Hannes Rall is a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Area Coordinator of the Digital Animation Program at ADM.

Hannes Rall has shown his work in exhibitions and been an invited speaker for workshops and conferences in more than 20 countries worldwide. He has specialized in adapting classic literature, folk legends and fairy tales for animation from both Western and Asian source material. His films have been screened in more than 550 festivals and won 65 international awards.

He is a member of the Society of Animation Studies. Hannes has conducted research as principal investigator (PI) in 11 interdisciplinary research grants and been awarded 11 major film funding grants. His book Animation: From Concept to Production was published by CRC Press in 2017.

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