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Adaptation for Animation

Transforming Literature Frame by Frame, 1st Edition

By Hannes Rall

A K Peters/CRC Press

600 pages

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Talented animation artists often neglect successful storytelling in favour of strong visuals, but now you can have both with this complete guide to adaptation for animation. Veteran independent filmmaker Hannes Rall teaches you how to draw and adapt inspiration from copyright-free materials like fairy tales, myths, and classic literature, making it easier than ever to create your own compelling narrative. With sections on subjects like transcultural adaptations, storyboarding, visual poetry, and colour scripts, this book is just the right mix of practical advice, lavish illustrations, and industry case studies to give you everything you need to start adapting your story today.

Key Features

  • Learn how to find free and un-copyrighted materials and adapt them into a unique story for your own animated narrative
  • Includes exclusive interviews with famous Disney animator Andreas Deja and esteemed animation historian Giannalberto Bendazzi
  • Hundreds of full-colour visuals from case studies of adapted animated films from around the world
  • Table of Contents


    Introduction: Why adaptation?

    Part I

    1. A short history of animated adaptations

    2. Where can it all go wrong-10 major mistakes in adaptations.

    3. Matching story and artist: Finding the perfect story to adapt

    4. Animated ever after: The fairy tale adaptation

    5. Things that go bump on the screen: Adapting Gothic literature for animation

    6. As You Like It: Adapting Shakespeare for Animation

    7. Sushi on Sauerkraut? Transcultural adaptation

    8. Visual poetry and experimental adaptation: Rhyme with reason

    9. Uncharted territories: Underexplored genres for animated adaptation

    Part II: The Process of Adaptation

    10. Script: Transformation necessary

    11. What’s my line: Finding and directing voice actors

    12. Who framed William S.: Storyboards

    13. Visual development and artistic research: How story defines style

    14. Colour script: Not every colour from the book

    15. Leaping off the page: Character animation for adaptation

    16. Out with a bang: Sound design and music

    Part III

    17. Let the world know: Promoting animated adaptations to festivals and distributors

    18. Everything is possible? Conclusion and outlook

    Glossary and index

    About the Author

    Hannes Rall is a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University, and the Singapore Area Coordinator of the Digital Animation Program at ADM. He has shown his work and been an invited speaker for workshops and conferences in more than 20 countries worldwide. His films have been shown in more than 150 festivals and won multiple awards.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    PERFORMING ARTS / Animation