Chapter 7

Basic AnimationWriting Structure

Differences in Story Structure

Structure exists to help you write a better story, but differences in the length of your story make a difference in the complexity of your structure. Differences in type (feature, kid’s cartoon, Internet short) or genre (action/adventure, comedy, preschool) can also make a difference in complexity and style. A feature script is longer and requires more structure to hold our interest. An Internet short or one-minute TV cartoon requires very little plot. In fact, structure may get in the way of the gags. Generally action/adventure shows require more plot than gag-driven comedy shows. Prime-time animated shows generally use a sitcom structure with more clever dialogue and ...

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