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Ideas for the Animated Short Finding and Building Stories

ISBN-10: 0240808606

ISBN-13: 9780240808604

Edition: 2007

Authors: Karen Sullivan, Gary Schumer, Kate Alexander

List price: $29.95
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Build your skills in the development of story ideas that will command an audience for your 2-5 minute animated short. 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 DVD 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 Ideas for the Animated Short you'll learn about: Story Background and Theory * Building Better Content * Acting: Exploring the Human Condition * Building Character and Location * Building Story * Dialogue * Storyboarding * Staging * 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: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 9.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
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
The Purpose of Storytelling: Analyzing Dag and the Dinosaur
Story Background and Theory
The Ideas behind Gopher Broke: An Interview with Jeff Fowler, Blur Studios
Building Better Content
Making the Animated Short: An Interview with Andrew Jimenez, Pixar Animation Studios
Acting: Exploring the Human Condition Kate Alexander
Visual Design: Interviews with Kendal Cronkhite and Kathy Altieri, Dream Works Feature Animation
Building Character and Location
Personality, Goals, Shapes, and Variance in Character Design: Tom Bancroft, Funnypages Productions, LLC
Building Story
Story and Humor: An Interview with Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier, Blue Sky Animation Studios
The Purpose of Dialogue
Pitching Stories: Sande Scoredos, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Storyboarding Gary Schumer
Storyboarding: An Interview with Nathan Greno, Walt Disney Feature Animation
Staging Gary Schumer
What's on the DVD
Glossary
Index