Ideas for the Animated Short: Finding and Building Stories

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Taylor & Francis, 2008 - Computers - 265 pages
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Build your skills in the development of story ideas that will command an audience for your 2-5 minute animated short. Packed with illustrated examples of idea generation, character and story development, acting, dialogue and storyboarding practice this is your conceptual toolkit proven to meet the challenges of this unique art form. The companion DVD includes in-depth interviews with industry insiders, 18 short animations (many with accompanying animatics, character designs and environment designs) and an acting workshop to get your animated short off to a flying start!With Ideas for the Animated Short you'll learn about: Story Background and Theory * Building Better Content * Acting: Exploring the Human Condition * Building Character and Location * Building Story * Dialogue * Storyboarding * Staging
 

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I've been in the animation business for a long time and have to state that this book is really bad. One of the authors, Gary Schumer was an ex-Disney effects animator shoe-in. And when he was fired ... Read full review

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I've been in the animation business for a long time and have to state that this book is really bad. One of the authors, Gary Schumer was an ex-Disney effects animator shoe-in. And when he was fired...no other studio would take him in because he's useless to the industry. As an effects artist...he was only okay. And mind you, the effects department is where the company would put the less talented artist. With that said, he has no back ground in story boarding, story development, staging and character development. So why was he chosen to write on these subjects. Gary now works as a teacher in Florida, not in the industry. 

Contents

Analyzing Dag and the Dinosaur
1
Chapter 1 Story Background and Theory
8
Chapter 2 Building Better Content
30
Exploring the Human Condition Kate Alexander
68
Chapter 4 Building Character and Location
98
Chapter 5 Building Story
129
Chapter 6 The Purpose of Dialogue
160
Chapter 7 Storyboarding
176
Chapter 8 Staging
233
Whats on the DVD
250
Glossary
252
Index
259
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Karen Sullivan is faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in history, concept development, and preproduction practices for animation. She has lectured internationally on story development for the animated short, written articles and guest-edited SIGGRAPH issues on concept development for animation.
Karen Sullivan is faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in history, concept development, and preproduction practices for animation. She has lectured internationally on story development for the animated short, written articles and guest-edited SIGGRAPH issues on concept development for animation.
Gary Schumer, faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in traditional animation, storyboarding and concept development for animation. He worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1996-2004, as Effects Animator, Assistant Animator, Manager of Training and Training Coordinator. He also worked on Brother Bear, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo & Stitch.
Kate Alexander is Associate Director at Florida Studio Theatre. She developed an acting method for youth which serves as the foundation for the FST School, pioneered the highly-regarded Write A Play program that has reached over one million young people internationally, and designed master classes on The Art of Gesture. She is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards.
Gary Schumer, faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in traditional animation, storyboarding and concept development for animation. He worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1996-2004, as Effects Animator, Assistant Animator, Manager of Training and Training Coordinator. He also worked on Brother Bear, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo & Stitch.

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