Ideas for the Animated Short Finding and Building Stories

ISBN-10: 0240818725

ISBN-13: 9780240818726

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

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Description: Animated shorts constantly challenge our notion of animation and storytelling techniques with memorable moments, heartwarming characters and amusing plotlines. Pixar shorts like Andre and Wally B proved that computer animation was possible; Tin Toy laid the groundwork for what would become Toy Story; and Mike's New Car exposed Pixar's finely tuned funny bone. These short films, premiering in front of feature films or online laid the groundwork for new techniques, great storylines and engaged audiences around the world. From demo reel creation to festival shorts, students and professionals alike are creating animated shorts that are dynamic and eye catching but the time constraints of these shorts are challenging in their own right. The unique format of the animated short of two to five minutes in length presents a practical and aesthetic challenge that is rarely addressed in the classroom. Ideas for the Animated Short is a comprehensive and practical blueprint for creative and unique animated short creation with a focus on the strength of a compelling story. Ideas for the Animated Short is your answer. A comprehensive guide to the animated short, this title is an invaluable asset for aspiring animation professionals, students and independent filmmakers. Explore the process of developing a short from conception to final delivery and adapt the industry's best practices in your own workflow. Written by three leading animators, artists and professors, Ideas for the Animated Short is written from the unique perspective of a professional animator adapting creative stories into incredible animated shorts. . Follow from start to finish the creation of an animated short from the pre-production thought process to story development and character design. Explore the best practices and avoid the common pitfalls of creating two to five minute shorts. Watch a specially created animated short, demonstrating the core techniques and principles at the companion website! Packed with illustrated examples of idea generation, character and story development, acting, dialogue and storyboarding practice this is your conceptual toolkit proven to meet the challenges of this unique art form. The companion website includes in-depth interviews with industry insiders, 18 short animations (many with accompanying animatics, character designs and environment designs) and an acting workshop to get your animated short off to a flying start! With all NEW content on script writing, acting, sound design and visual storytelling as well as stereoscopic 3D storytelling, further enhance your animated shorts and apply the industry best practices to your own projects and workflows. * This unique creative toolkit for idea generation and refinement is short and to the point, focused on the basic principles you need to know* The companion DVD contains professional and student animations (including preparatory sketches and storyboards) to demonstrate effective techniques and imaginative results * Packed with inspirational interviews and behind-the-scenes work from top professionals from Sony, Pixar and Disney

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Karen Sullivan is the Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Culture and Literature at Bard College. She is the author of The Interrogation of Joan of Arc and of Truth and the Heretic: Crises of Knowledge in Medieval French Literature, the winner of the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies. 

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Bee Sting
Story Background and Theory
Making the Animated Short: An Interview with Andrew Jimenez, Pixar Animation Studios
Finding Ideas
The Ideas Behind Technological Threat: An Interview with Bill and Sue Kroyer
The Ideas Behind Moongirl: An Interview with Mike Cachuela
Acting: Exploring the Human Condition
The Importance of Play: An Interview with Jack Canfora, Playwright
Building Character and Location
Personality, Goals, Shapes and Variance in Character Design: Tom Bancroft, Funnypages Productions, LLC
Visual Design: Interviews with Kendal Cronkhite and Kathy Altieri, DreamWorks Feature Animation
Building Story
Making It Visual: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. An Interview with Brandon Oldenburg and Adam Volker, Moonbot Studios (excerpt)
Off the Rails: An Introduction to Nonlinear Storytelling
Nonlinear on the Edge: An Interview with Deanna Morse
The Purpose of Dialogue
The ABCCCs of Voice and Dialects for Animators: Ginny Kopf
Creating Music to Support Narrative: An Interview with Perry La Marca
Storyboarding
Storyboarding: An Interview with Nathan Greno, Walt Disney Feature Animation
Staging
On Staging: An Interview and Shot Analysis with Steve Hickner, DreamWorks Animation Studios
Developing a Short Animated Film with Aubry Mintz
Pitching Stories: Sande Scoredos, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Appendix: What's on the Web
Index
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