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Film Genres

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A definition for stop-motion

A form of puppetry animation involving the use of small-scale flexible figures. The technique is an immensely labour-intensive manual process using a camera which can expose one frame of film at a time, though in digital filmmaking the process can be eased with the assistance of dedicated software. To create the impression that the puppets are behaving like living characters they are moved in tiny increments, and each small movement is recorded in a single frame. This means that one second of filmed action will required 25 frames (see frames per second), with all of the puppets in the scene needing to be moved in each frame in relation to facial expression, lip-motion if speaking, hand and arm gestures, and all other changes of body position, as well as for movements of walking or travelling.  ...

Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2020). Stop motion. In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 18 Apr. 2021

Introduction to animation in the library's collections

Resources about all types of Animation and Animated films are split between two libraries. Sherman Art Library has a wide range of books about animation and the art of creating animation. Most books would be in the call number range NC 1765 through NC 1766. Baker/Berry Library has books on animated films, their history and criticism with the call number of PN 1997.5 on Baker Level 4.

The Jones Media Center, in Baker/Berry Library, has a collection of short and feature length animated films. The Subject heading "animated films" in the online catalog will show you lists of films, lists of films from various countries and books about those films in general.

If you are looking for a specific animated film title, you can do a search in the online catalog. If we have it, a record for the film will display. If we do not have a particular title, and it is something you think the library's collection should have, you can always "Request a purchase" for the library to buy the title. Making a request does not guarantee the purchase, but it lets us know about our users' interests.

Suggested subject headings to search the online catalog are listed below.

Finding resources in the library's collections

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

A selected list of Animated titles in the library's collections

Find more stop-motion films in the online catalog.

Finding scholarly articles & journal title(s)

Articles and other writings about stop-motion animation can be found in many publications. Our collection does include a couple of journals looking at animation. Other film journals within our collection will cover animation. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find relevant articles.