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

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Present Tense: Creating a Performance on Storyboards

“Have a very good reason for everything you do.”

—Sir Laurence Olivier

“Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.”

—Louise Brooks

You are now ready to begin creating in-depth storyboards that flesh out the acting and actions of the characters. If you are working on your own film, you will have your outline, beat boards, rough character models, and atmosphere sketches completed by this stage and your sequences should be clearly defined.

If you are on a professional production you will most likely be working in a totally different system. A television storyboard artist will be handed a model pack, or “Bible,” with all characters, props, and backgrounds already designed. ...

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