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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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136 Words That Help in Drawing

How important are words in drawing? In a sense we think with words, and communicate our thoughts in words. In animation the first stage of a cartoon is entirely in word form (the story). Then the story-sketch artists transpose those words into drawings in the form of storyboards (overly simplified version of the procedure, I agree), and then the animators carry it further into full animation. The dialog and descriptions that communicate the meaning of the story must be exact, simple (though often deep), explicit, and clear to all who are involved. Otherwise the picture might end up like one of comedian Gracie Allen’s conversations.

Much of the material is open to interpretation by the director and/or animator. ...

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