Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts

ISBN-10: 0240818784

ISBN-13: 9780240818788

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Nancy Beiman

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Successful storyboards and poignant characters have the power to make elusive thoughts and emotions tangible for audiences. Packed with illustrations that illuminate and a text that entertains and informs, Prepare to Board , 2nd edition presents the methods and techniques of animation master, Nancy Beiman, with a focus on pre-production, story development and character design. As one of the only storyboard titles on the market that explores the intersection of creative character design and storyboard development, the second edition of Prepare to Board is an invaluable resource for beginner and intermediate artists. Animators and artists will be able to spot potential problems before they cost time and money. Learn how the animation storyboard differs from live action boards and how characters must be developed simultaneously with the story. Positive and negative examples of storyboard and character design are presented and analyzed to demonstrate successful problem-solving techniques, applicable to a variety of animation projects. Featuring in-depth interviews with leading animators and storyboard artists, artists and animators alike can adapt professional workflows, techniques and problem solving solutions and add them to their own creative toolkit. Of course, no book about storyboarding would be complete without a rundown of the basic concepts of cinematic storytelling: camera angles, lenses, and composition. Artwork from an international array of students and professionals supplement the author's own illustrations. New to this edition will be a fully developed companion website featuring video tutorials highlighting the creation of animatics, good and bad pitching techniques along with updated images and even more content driven techniques.Adapt key techniques, tips and tricks of experienced character designers and storyboard artists with 30 years of experience to your film, television and animation projects.Save time and money with workflow solutions and avoid common mistakes and problems with troubleshooting tips and tricks.  Implement creative solutions for your own projects with this invaluable resource for beginner and intermediate artists with examples of what a good storyboard and character design should look like and example of poorly designed storyboards.   Further your artistic skill development with an interactive, companion website which will includes video tutorials, examples of animatics and good and bad pitching techniques.
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List price: $44.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 346
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Dedication and Thanks
Getting Started
First Catch Your Rabbit: Creating Concepts and Characters
Linear and Non-linear Storytelling
Setting Limitations and Finding Liberation
Shopping for Story: Creating Lists
Nothing Is Normal: Researching Action
All Thumbs: Quick Sketches and Thumbnails
Reality Is Overrated
Past and Present: Researching Settings and Costumes
Vive la Difference! Animation and Live-action Storyboards
Graphic Novels: Shaping the Frame
Screen Ratios: The Fixed Frame
Television Boards and Feature Boards
Technological T(h)reats
Digital Storyboard: An Interview with Elliot Cowan
Who Loves Short Shorts?
Putting Yourself into Your Work
The Use of Symbolic Animals and Objects
The Newsman's Story Guide: Who, What, When, Where and Why
Situation and Character-Driven Stories
Stop If You've Heart This One
Defining Conflict
Log Lines
Stealing the Show
Parodies and Pastiches
What If? Contrasting the Possible and the Fanciful
Beginning at the Ending: The Tex Avery 'Twist'
Establishing Rules
Appealing or Appalling? Beginning Character Design
Reading the Design: Silhouette Value
Construction Sights
Foundation Shapes and Their Meaning
The Shape of Things
Going Organic
Creating a Character from Inanimate Objects
Across the Universe
Size Matters: The Importance of Scale
Practicing Your Scales
Stereotypes of Scale
Triple Trouble: Working with Similar Character Silhouettes
Getting Pushy
Beauties and Beasts: Creating Character Contrasts in Design
I Feel Pretty! Changing Standards of Beauty
A Face That Only a Mother Could Love?
Gods and Monsters: Contrasting Appearance and Personality
Location, Location, Location: Art Direction and Storytelling
Starting Story Sketch: Compose Yourself
Tonal Sketches
Graphic Images Ahead!
The Drama in the Drawings: Using Contrast to Direct the Eye
The Best-Laid Floor Plans
Outgrowing Your Furniture
Structure: The Mind's Eye
The Wonderful World of Color Accents and Keys
Roughing It: Basic Staging
Made You Look: Using Tone and Line to Direct the Eye
I'm Ready For My Close-Up: Storyboard Cinematography
Boarding Time: Getting with the Story Beat
Working to the Beat: Story Beats and Boards
Sizing Things Up
Do You Want to Talk About It?
The Big Picture: Creating Story Sequences
Turning the Page: Sequential Construction from Literature
Arcs and Triumphs
Acting Up: Identifying Acts and Sequences in your Story
Pacing the Film
Acting Out: Acts and Sequences
Outlines and Treatments
A-B-Sequences: Prioritizing the Action
Naming Names
Patterns in Time: Pacing Action on Rough Boards
How Many Panels Do You Use in a Storyboard?
Yakkity Yak: Dialogue on the Storyboard
Writes and Wrongs: Using Transitions
Climatic Events
Present Tense: Creating a Performance on Storyboards
Working with Music
Visualizing the Script
Diamond in the Rough Model Sheet: Refining Character Designs
Tying It Down: Standardizing Your Design
Your Cheatin' Part: Nonliteral Design
Color My World: Art Direction and Storytelling
Fishing for Complements
Saturation Point: Colors and Tonal Values
Writing the Color: Color Scripts
O Tempora, O More or Less
Show and Tell: Presenting Your Storyboards
The More Things Change: The Turnover Session
Talking Pictures: Assembling a Leica, Story Reel or Animatic with a Scratch Track
This Is Only a Test: Refining Story Reels
Build a Better Mouse: Creating Cleanup Model Sheets
Maquette Simple: Modeling Characters in Three Dimensions
Am I Blue? Creating Character Through Color
Creating Color in Context
It's a Setup: Testing Your Color Models
Screen and Screen Again: Preparing for Production
Further Reading: Books, Discs, and Websites
Artists' Websites
Books by Animation Character Designers, Animators, and Illustrators
Books on Scriptwriting, Art Direction, and Visual Storytelling
Anatomy Books for the Artist
Appendices: Animated Interviews
Discussion with A. Kendall O'Connor
Caricature Discussion with T. Hee
Interview with Ken Anderson
Animation Pre-Production Glossary
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