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Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance by Barry C Purves

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Getting Personal

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Early animation

For others, it was dinosaurs or Action Men. For me, my early attempts at animations were less ambitious. They were a succession of drawn films, wittily called To Bee or Not to Bee, Top Cat, White Tie and Tails and The Eleven Days of Christmas, so called as, stumbling blindly in animation, I overreached myself and never managed to film the twelfth day. Of all the things I wanted to be (actor, vet, dancer, pilot) I'm not sure how I ended up as an animator, but it seemed to make sense.

Have dinosaurs been a huge part of your animated life?

JD — I did my first stop motion shortly before the re-release ...

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