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

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The Big Picture: Creating Story Sequences

It’s now time to start refining your story by breaking it down into sequences. Beat boards give you the plot of the story. Sequences add subplots and give a film structure. They enable filmmakers to vary the pace of the storytelling, develop the characters’ personalities, and create realistic production timetables. Feature directors sometimes work as a team handling alternating sequences to help simplify the film’s production.

Feature animation stories are commonly divided into three acts defined by the beat boards:

imageAct I. Introduction of the characters and their conflict.

Act II. Complication of the ...

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