Hans Bacher: Dream Worlds – Production Design in Animation (Selected). Posted by: Nagy Péter. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare. A happy note to close out this year’s animation book releases: Hans Bacher’s eagerly anticipated book about animation production design. Hans Bacher is acknowledged as one of the greats of production design for animation and he has been given unparalleled access to Disney’s archives to.

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You don’t need to show each object at full length; you create more depth by cutting closer, moving them sideways and into the depth of your composition. I go through documentaries as well as selected comic books and art books. But, next best thing is to research and collect reference from images. Return to Book Page.

You may have to show important detail surrounding the character; it can be some secondary action or a few elements in the background that have to be arranged. I’m fascinated by concept art, especially for beautiful animation movies such as the ones that come out of Disney.

Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation

You should know what you want to design without following the rules of nature. If a scene takes place in at daytime, it will have primarily light values but within those light values you could have cast shadows form landscape or architecture creating a full range of values.

During block in stages of a worlda environment or level design, focus on simplicity. I would also have loved if he’d told the reader about more exercises to do since probably a lot of us readers read it to learn.

qorlds Mitch Leeuwe rated it really liked it Dec 12, It’s the best time, like going to school again. The choice of color depends on the style and genre: What can you learn from production design for animation? It comes from observation, from feeling, from the innermost nature of the experience in question. Full range of values in your game environment or level design are just as important as bachef are in traditional medium painting, drawing, film, animation.


Author mentions that “The more thorough your research is, the fewer problems you will face during production. Duplication and distribution is illegal and strictly prohibited. It also creates contrast and brings attention to that area.

You will need to set up your map in a way that the player knows where to go subconsciously, without being lost. And it has to fulfill visual dreams that are the same around the globe.

Hans Bacher’s Dream Worlds

You should spend a lot of time in preproduction phase – researching and collecting reference. The position of the camera and the movement from scene to scene is very easy to plan that way. Normally these values are the result of light in nature. To achieve the desired result, a scary moment or a romantic scene, you choose the best arrangement of values. Use it as the starting point for the placement of the action and all the necessary information around it.

There is no better inspiration and reference collection than actually visiting places similar to the one you are to create. World of Level Design website, its tutorials and products are not endorsed, sponsored or approved by any mentioned companies on this website in any way.

Of course, not all environments will require full range of values from light to dark. It makes them easier to work with. User Review – Flag as inappropriate This book is an invaluable resource for any production designer.

11 Things I Learned from Dream Worlds

You wouldn’t need to think of possible cover scenarios or how the player may use your props and objects in the scene. Beauty and the Beast. It worlda a very calming and serene effect.

For the rest a really good book! That balance is between space, the negative area that is all around your objects and defines their shape, and the objects or the positive form that defines the readability of your design.


Aug 21, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Book cover “Dream Worlds: Not much contrast, light to dark value variation. Style will dictate your design of props, your textures, your lighting, the amount of detail you include. Those backgrounds are masterpieces!

Matilda Millani rated it it was ok Apr 15, I bought this book primarily for the art but I’ve realised that there’s more to all the art displayed. Also fascinating was artwork from shelved projects. For calm and serene scene you will use a bright color palette.

So interesting to read and great artworks. There are many useful lessons, such as film analysis, visual development and research, camera rules, composition, staging and others.

The Lost Empire and Mulan. This is one of the essential additions to any artist’s book drem, especially who is inclined towards animation, concept art or filmmaking in general. He even lists a full page of movies he recommends you learn from.

Worlcs through the pages of Dream Worlds and be inspired by Han’s high standards and his art. What color combination and color palette do they use and what is the feeling of the scene? There is of course a scale of mid-values in different shades of gray. Focus on the initial layout for your environment and block in playable areas, gameplay and core mechanics of your map.

Mar 23, Alec Chalmers rated it really liked it. It is interesting to note that if your sketch works without the detailed stuff, the final background should do it wlrlds well.