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Animation Writing and Development by Jean Ann Wright

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Chapter 10

Storyboard for Writers

The Way It Was

For many years in animation there were no scripts. U.S. artists took a general idea and developed the story visually. These artists were storymen or story sketch artists. Often storymen had been animators who had a special talent for developing stories. When television arrived, the artists continued to work in the same manner as they had worked in features or shorts. But since TV budgets were even slimmer, any savings that could be made in time and work were incorporated into the production process. The storymen began to work out their stories visually on a template that was the storyboard. They were called storyboard men.

Feature Visual Development

The treatment or script for a feature is merely ...

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