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Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman

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Contents

Introduction

Dedication and Thanks

PART ONE: GETTING STARTED

1  First, Catch Your Rabbit

Working From News Items; Interpreting reality.

Creating extraordinary stories from ordinary materials.

Linear and Nonlinear Storytelling

An explanation of two types of storytelling.

Setting Limitations and Finding Liberation

Your personal experiences can be adapted to animation. If you haven’t got a life, why not create one?

Shopping for Story: Creating Lists

Use free association to create story ideas.

Nothing Is Normal: Researching Action

All Thumbs: Quick Sketch and Thumbnails

What a character designer should know.

Reality Is Overrated

Why caricature is better than literal interpretations of anything.

Past and Present: Researching Settings and ...

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