Animated Documentary

  • Filename: animated-documentary.
  • ISBN: 9781137017468
  • Release Date: 2013-06-11
  • Number of pages: 194
  • Author: Annabelle Honess Roe
  • Publisher: Springer

Animated Documentary, the first book to be published on this fascinating topic, considers how animation is used as a representational strategy in nonfiction film and television and explores the ways animation expands the range and depth of what documentary can show us about the world. On behalf of the Society for Animation Studies(SAS), the Chair of the Jury announced the book as the winner of the delayed 2015 SAS McLaren-Lambart Award with the following words: 'Animated Documentary is a vital addition to both animation scholarship and film studies scholarship more broadly, expertly achieving the tricky challenge of synthesising these two scholarly traditions to provide a compelling and brilliantly coherent account of the animated documentary form. At the heart of Roe’s book is the conviction that animated documentary “has the capacity to represent temporally, geographically, and psychologically distal aspects of life beyond the reach of live action” (p. 22). As a representational strategy, Roe details how animated documentary can be seen to adopt techniques of “mimetic substitution, non-mimetic substitution and evocation” in response to the limitations of live action material (p. 26). Animated Documentary will without doubt become an essential resource for many years to come for anyone interested in the intersection of animation and documentary.'

Animated Realism

  • Filename: animated-realism.
  • ISBN: 9780240814391
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 206
  • Author: Judith Kriger
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis

With the development and accessibility of animation tools and techniques, filmmakers are blurring the boundaries between documentary filmmaking and animation. The intimacy, imperfection and charm of the animated form is providing live-action and animation directors with unique ways to tell stories, humanize events and convey information not easily adapted for live-action media. Animated Realism presents animation techniques as they apply to the documentary genre with an inspirational behind-the-scenes look at award-winning animated documentaries. Animators and documentary filmmakers alike will learn how to develop a visual style with animation, translate a graphic novel into a documentary and use 3D animation as a storytelling tool, all in the context of creating animated documentaries. With insight and inspiration, Animated Realism includes interviews from industry luminaries like John Canemaker, Oscar Winning Director of The Moon and the Son, Yoni Goodman, Animation Director of Oscar Nominated Waltz with Bashir and Chris Landreth, Oscan Winning creator of Ryan. Packed with beautiful, instructive illustrations and previously unpublished material (including storyboards, photos and hand-drawn sketches) and interspersed with interviews - this is an exceptional source of inspiration and knowledge for animators, students and fans alike. With a companion website featuring animated shorts from leading animated documentaries, animators, students and documentary filmmakers will be able to analyze and apply Oscar-winning animation techniques to their own films. * Learn from the best... Judith Kriger interviews some of the most innovative and inspirational animators, including John Canemaker, Oscar Winning Director of The Moon and the Son, Yoni Goodman, Animation Director of Oscar Nominated Waltz with Bashir and Chris Landreth, Oscan Winning Director of Ryan. * See how it's done... with never before published color storyboards, preliminary sketches, stills from the animated documentaries and behind-the-scenes photographs * Be inspired... the detailed exploration of how these unique films were made will make you want to get out there and do it yourself! * Analyze and apply Oscar Winning animation techniques to your own films with a companion website featuring animated shorts from leading animated documentaries.


  • Filename: documentary.
  • ISBN: 9780231850094
  • Release Date: 2012-08-07
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Paul Ward
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press

In using case studies such as Touching the Void (2003) and the films of Nick Broomfield, this timely introduction to the growing field of documentary explores the definition and understanding of the form, as well as the relationship between documentary and drama, specifically the notion of reconstruction and reenactment. Paul Ward also discusses animated documentaries, the fertile genre of comedy, and feature-length contemporary works that have achieved widespread cinematic release.

A Case for the Animated Documentary

  • Filename: a-case-for-the-animated-documentary.
  • ISBN: OCLC:859547483
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 52
  • Author: Jessica Susan Hann
  • Publisher:

Animation and documentary appear as oxymoronic terms, one encompassing all that is fantastical and imagined while the other stands firm in reality and truth, but animated documentaries have been in existence since the early 20th Century. Until recently they have not been of interest to the public or critics. In an effort to validate animated documentaries as an art form and thus a genre for serious consideration, scholars are currently focusing on defining and categorizing animated documentaries. Unfortunately, this is resulting in overly restrictive boundaries that films must adhere to in order to fall into the animated documentary category. In this paper I argue for more encompassing definitions while questioning the need for validation. In a world where boundaries between man and woman, human and non-human, and natural and unnatural are breaking down, perhaps animated documentaries are an ideal representation of this emerging new world.

Contemporary Documentary

  • Filename: contemporary-documentary.
  • ISBN: 9781317534167
  • Release Date: 2015-10-05
  • Number of pages: 228
  • Author: Daniel Marcus
  • Publisher: Routledge

Contemporary Documentary offers a rich survey of the rapidly expanding landscape of documentary film, television, video, and new media. The collection of original essays addresses the emerging forms, popular genres, and innovative approaches of the digital era. The anthology highlights geographically and thematically diverse examples of documentaries that have expanded the scope and impact of non-fiction cinema and captured the attention of global audiences over the past three decades. It also explores the experience of documentary today, with its changing dynamics of production, collaboration, distribution, and exhibition, and its renewed political and cultural relevance. The twelve chapters - featuring engaging case studies and written from a wide range of perspectives including film theory, social theory, ethics, new media, and experience design - invite students to think critically about documentary as a vibrant field, unrestricted in its imagination and quick in its response to new forms of filmmaking. Offering a methodical exploration of the expansive reach of documentary as a creative force in the media and society of the twenty-first century, Contemporary Documentary is an ideal collection for students of film, media, and communication who are studying documentary film.


  • Filename: drawn-from-life.
  • ISBN: 0748694110
  • Release Date: 2015-12
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Jonathan Murray
  • Publisher:

'Drawn from Life' introduces readers to a diverse range of filmmakers past and present who use the animated image as a documentary tool.


  • Filename: animation.
  • ISBN: 1903364205
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 149
  • Author: Paul Wells
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press

Animation: Genre and Authorship explores the distinctive language of animation, its production processes, and the particular questions about who makes it, under what conditions and with what purpose. In this first study to look specifically at the ways in which animation displays unique models of "auteurism" and how it revises generic categories, Paul Wells challenges the prominence of live-action movie-making as the first form of contemporary cinema and visual culture. The book also includes interviews with Ray Harryhausen and Caroline Leaf, and a full "timeline" of the history of animation.

Animating Trauma

  • Filename: animating-trauma.
  • ISBN: OCLC:707121862
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 82
  • Author: Selena Ann Dickey
  • Publisher:

Animation in Context

  • Filename: animation-in-context.
  • ISBN: 9781350033894
  • Release Date: 2017-02-09
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Mark Collington
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Animation in Context is an illustrated introduction to cultural theory, contextual research and critical analysis. By making academic language more accessible, it empowers animators with the confidence and enthusiasm to engage with theory as a fun, integral, and applied part of the creative process. Interviews with contemporary industry professionals and academics, student case studies and a range of practical research exercises, combine to encourage a more versatile approach to animation practice � from creating storyboards to set designs and soundtracks; as well as developing virals, 3D zoetropes and projection mapping visuals. Mark Collington focuses on a core selection of theoretical approaches that shape animation narrative, supported by a broader set of shared theoretical principles from the worlds of art, design, film and media studies. This discussion is underpinned by cross-disciplinary thinking on a range of topics including genre, humour, montage and propaganda. These are applied to the analysis of a range of animated films and projects from Disney and Animé, to independent artist-filmmakers such as Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis and Jerzy Kucia. These ideas are also applied to other uses of animation such as advertising, sitcom, gaming and animated documentary.

Studying Waltz with Bashir

  • Filename: studying-waltz-with-bashir.
  • ISBN: 9781911325161
  • Release Date: 2016-12-27
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Giulia Miller
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press

On its release in 2008, Ari Folman’s animated documentary Waltz with Bashir was heralded as a brilliant and original exploration of trauma, and trauma’s impact on memory and the recording of history. But it is surprising that although the film is seen through the eyes of one particular soldier, a viewpoint portrayed using highly experimental forms of animation, this has not prevented Waltz with Bashir from being regarded as both an ‘autobiographical’ and ‘honest’ account of the director’s own experiences in the 1982 Lebanon war. In fact, the film won several documentary awards, and even those critics focusing on the representation of trauma suggest that this trauma must be authentic. In this sense, it is the documentary form rather than the animation that has had the most influence upon critics. As Studying Waltz with Bashir will show, it is the tension between the two forms that makes the film so complex and interesting, allowing for multiple themes and discourses to coexist, including Israel’s role during the Lebanon War and the impact of trauma upon narrative, but also the representation of Holocaust memory and its role in the formation of Israeli identity. In addition to these themes that coexist by virtue of the film’s unusual animated documentary format, Waltz with Bashir can also be discussed in relation to a broad range of contexts; for example, the representation of war in film, the history of Israeli Holocaust cinema, and recent trends in experimental animation, such as Richard Linklater’s Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006), as well as Folman’s most recent live action/animation work The Congress (2013).

Life Animated

  • Filename: life-animated.
  • ISBN: 1484741234
  • Release Date: 2016-07-12
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Ron Suskind
  • Publisher: Kingswell

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

Live Action Animation

  • Filename: live-action-animation.
  • ISBN: 1156057272
  • Release Date: 2010-05
  • Number of pages: 650
  • Author: Books Llc
  • Publisher: Books LLC

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 649. Not illustrated. Chapters: Animated Documentaries, Enchanted, Live-Action/animated Films, Live-Action/animated Television Series, Songs From Enchanted, Mary Poppins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, E.t. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Three Caballeros, Song of the South, Saludos Amigos, Gertie the Dinosaur, Anchors Aweigh, Small Soldiers, Wall-E, the Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Coonskin, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Tron, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Eragon, Happy Feet, Waltz With Bashir, Osmosis Jones, Arthur and the Invisibles, Pete's Dragon, the Pagemaster, Cool World, Heavy Traffic, Tron Legacy, Rock-A-Doodle, Space Jam, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the Movie, a Christmas Carol, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel, Garfield: the Movie, Flight of the Navigator, the Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Balto, Casper, Stuart Little, Casper: a Spirited Beginning, Stuart Little 2, Raggedy Ann & Andy: a Musical Adventure, Thumb Wars, the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fat Albert, Re-Animated, Turbo: a Power Rangers Movie, James and the Giant Peach, Casper Meets Wendy, Garfield: a Tail of Two Kitties, Howl, Taxandria, the Phantom Tollbooth, Yogi Bear, Dangerous When Wet, Dot and the Kangaroo, Mickey's 60th Birthday, a Quiet Week in the House, You Ought to Be in Pictures, Giselle, That's How You Know, Little Howard's Big Question, the Smurfs, Invitation to the Dance, the Incredible Mr. Limpet, Animated Documentary, Rockin' Through the Decades, So Close, Genre, Chicago 10, El Rat n P rez, Bunyan and Babe, Save Virgil, Ryan, the Fabulous Baron Munchausen, of Stars and Men, So Dear to My Heart, Universe, Happy Working Song, Twilight of the Cockroaches, Totally Minnie, Minoru: Memory of ...

Animation Process Cognition and Actuality

  • Filename: animation-process-cognition-and-actuality.
  • ISBN: 9781501308154
  • Release Date: 2017-08-24
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Dan Torre
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Animation - Process, Cognition and Actuality presents a uniquely philosophical and multi-disciplinary approach to the scholarly study of animation, by using the principles of process philosophy and Deleuzian film aesthetics to discuss animation practices, from early optical devices to contemporary urban design and installations. Some of the original theories presented are a process-philosophy based theory of animation; a cognitive theory of animation; a new theoretical approach to the animated documentary; an original investigative approach to animation; and unique considerations as to the convergence of animation and actuality. Numerous animated examples (from all eras and representing a wide range of techniques and approaches – including television shows and video games) are examined, such as Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Madame Tutli-Putli (2007), Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), The Peanuts Movie (2015), Grand Theft Auto V (2013) and Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist (1995–2000). Divided into three sections, each to build logically upon each other, Dan Torre first considers animation in terms of process and process philosophy, which allows the reader to contemplate animation in a number of unique ways. Torre then examines animation in more conceptual terms in comparing it to the processes of human cognition. This is followed by an exploration of some of the ways in which we might interpret or 'read' particular aspects of animation, such as animated performance, stop-motion, anthropomorphism, video games, and various hybrid forms of animation. He finishes by guiding the discussion of animation back to the more tangible and concrete as it considers animation within the context of the actual world. With a genuinely distinctive approach to the study of animation, Torre offers fresh philosophical and practical insights that prompt an engagement with the definitions and dynamics of the form, and its current literature.

Another Day of Life

  • Filename: another-day-of-life.
  • ISBN: 9780307424839
  • Release Date: 2007-12-18
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Publisher: Vintage

In 1975, Angola was tumbling into pandemonium; everyone who could was packing crates, desperate to abandon the beleaguered colony. With his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the other way, begging his was from Lisbon and comfort to Luanda—once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro—and chaos.Angola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was a promised land for generations of poor Portuguese. It had belonged to Portugal since before there were English-speakers in North America. After the collapse of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola was brusquely cut loose, spurring the catastrophe of a still-ongoing civil war. Kapuscinski plunged right into the middle of the drama, driving past thousands of haphazardly placed check-points, where using the wrong shibboleth was a matter of life and death; recording his imporessions of the young soldiers—from Cuba, Angola, South Africa, Portugal—fighting a nebulous war with global repercussions; and examining the peculiar brutality of a country surprised and divided by its newfound freedom.Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.

Animating the Unconscious

  • Filename: animating-the-unconscious.
  • ISBN: 9780231850148
  • Release Date: 2012-05-29
  • Number of pages: 244
  • Author: Jayne Pilling
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press

As critical interest has grown in the unique ways in which art animation explores and depicts subjective experience – particularly in relation to desire, sexuality, social constructions of gender, confessional modes, fantasy, and the animated documentary – this volume offers detailed analysis of both the process and practice of key contemporary filmmakers, while also raising more general issues around the specificities of animation. Combining critical essays with interview material, visual mapping of the creative process, consideration of the neglected issue of how the use of sound differs from that of conventional live-action, and filmmakers’ critiques of each others’ work, this unique collection aims to both provoke and illuminate via an insightful multi-faceted approach.

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