Setting the Scene

Client: Chronicle Books

Setting the Scene presents an extensively researched and beautifully illustrated history of animation layout—the scenes, sequences, and environments that are as essential to story making as the characters themselves. In 260-pages, the book charts how technology and art have conjoined to advance the form—from Disney's revolutionary multiplane camera to today's cinematic video games. The major studios are represented: Disney, Paramount, MGM, Hanna-Barbera, and Pixar; as well as many lesser known artists and studios. We designed the book around a dense grid structure to accommodate a large variety of text and imagery. For the cover, a translucent vellum jacket printed with a frame from "101 Dalmatians" overlays a background image, referencing the way cells were layered over set scenes in the production of animated films.