9. Animate!

Big-picture thinking, frame by frame

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Congrats! You now have all the tools you could possibly need to create a masterfully animated story. You’ve constructed your storyboards, color script, and soundtrack—you’ve designed your world and selected a technique that expresses your big idea. You’re off to the races, and animation should be easy breezy. And yet, in my experience, animation is exactly the step when all hell can break loose. The reason is simple: Each of your carefully constructed elements—magical on their own—can be stubborn when united and put into motion. Though you may have envisioned yourself in an elegant concert hall ...

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