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Flash Cinematic Techniques by Chris Jackson

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CHAPTER 1

Show, Don’t Tell Me a Story

Animation is all about showing, not telling a story, but what makes a story good? A good story needs a compelling plot that involves appealing characters living in a believable world. Understanding the story structure and how to visualize it using Flash is the topic of this first chapter.

Anatomy of a Story

The Story Structure

Make Every Scene Count

Show, Don’t Tell

Find Your Artistic Direction in Flash

Anatomy of a Story

Stories always start with an idea. Ideas can come from all around you—from your imagination, personal observations, life experiences, to your dreams and nightmares. These random thoughts or observations are recorded as events. Events are then woven together to formulate the story’s plot. ...

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