The Ice Book, a Beautiful Pop-Up Book

The Ice Book, seen above, is a paper theatre brought to life with light. Watch as sheets of paper are illuminated in a dazzling animation display. According to the artists, Davy and Kristin McGuire, The Ice Book tells the story of a mysterious princess who lures a boy into her magical world to warm her heart of ice. It was shot with the Canon 5D Mark II, with the actors superimposed onto the montages using a makeshift green screen, and projections created in Adobe After Effects. A simple yet remarkable achievement. You can learn more about the project here. Don’t miss the page describing the behind the scenes work, or this other primo video that savors books in stop motion film.

Eugene Buchko is a blogger and photographer living in Atlanta, GA. He maintains a photoblog, Erudite Expressions, and writes about what he reads on his reading blog.


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  1. Marvin says . . . | February 18, 2011 / 10:06 am

    Absolutely elegant, exquisite and serene in both conceptualization as well as execution! Lightyears above and beyond any of the Oscar nominations for animation, each of which I’ve seen recently.

  2. Shelley says . . . | February 18, 2011 / 10:22 am

    Fabulous new visual, tired old story.

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