Cracking Animation The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation

Peter Lord, Brian Sibley, Nick Park

"A book that all animators will marvel at." —Computer Arts

From the creators of the wildly successful Wallace and Gromit films and Chicken Run, here is a practical guide to making your own 3-D (or stop-action) animation, a practice whose robust presence in contemporary filmmaking continues strong. At the heart of the book is a guide to the process of 3-D animation today: a practical, fully illustrated, step-by-step description of how to create effective characters, a storyboard and sets, and then an entire film.

This new edition includes a brand new chapter offering exclusive interviews with the producer and director of Aardman’s latest blockbuster, Shaun the Sheep Movie, a special segment giving you unprecedented behind-the-scenes insight into the making of The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and a revised chapter on CGI technology that explores and celebrates the very latest, up-to-the-minute developments in the field.


Peter Lord


Peter Lord, with David Sproxton, founded Aardman Studios in 1976.

Brian Sibley


Brian Sibley is the author of numerous books on animation and writers.

Nick Park

Foreword By

Nick Park joined Aardman Studios in 1986. His Oscar-nominated A Grand Day Out introduced the world to Wallace and Gromit.