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

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Glossary of Animation Preproduction Terms

Action Model Model sheets depicting typical movements and expressions of an animated character.

Animatic Filmed storyboards that also include simple animation, camera moves, or special effects, edited and precisely timed to a dialogue and/or music track.

Animation An art form that brings life to inanimate objects. See also 2D Animation, Stop Motion, and CGI.

Art Director The designer of the production. The art director in an animated film will create settings, color palettes, lighting, character and prop styles, and may also design layouts.

Atmospheric Sketches Experimental color sketches depicting moods or settings that may be used in the film.

Barsheet A printed aid to the director indicating footage ...

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