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Make Toons That Sell Without Selling Out
10th Anniversary Edition

ISBN 9781032070391
Published January 26, 2022 by CRC Press
272 Pages 209 Color & 157 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

"The King of Independent Animation" has returned with this 10th anniversary edition of Make Toons That Sell Without Selling Out. Delve into the secrets behind creating poignant indie animation without compromising or sacrificing your own ideals and visions. World-renowned animator, author, and Academy Award-nominated Bill Plympton will help guide you in how to make a career in animation. With time-saving techniques, secrets on crafting a good narrative, and more, Plympton will teach you how to breathe life into your own animated films. By studying and deconstructing his lessons from his own works and styles, you too will be able to carve out a career in animation without betraying yourself.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Make Toons That Sell—Intro. Chapter 1 Introduction. Chapter 2 My History. Chapter 3 Making an Animated Film. Chapter 4 Production. Chapter 5 Storytelling. Chapter 6 Character Design. Chapter 7 Storyboarding. Chapter 8 Voices. Chapter 9 Animation. Chapter 10 Postproduction. Chapter 11 Selling Your Film. Chapter 12 Self-Distribution. Chapter 13 Advice to Young Animators. Afterword. Index.

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Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Bill moved to New York City from Portland, Oregon, in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy, and Screw.

In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Prix du Jury, and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films during Cannes Critics' Week.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he's made eleven feature films. Eight of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, Cheatin', and Revengeance, are all animated features.

Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Madonna, Kanye West, and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards. He also animated 6 opening "couch gags" for FOX-TV's The Simpsons and 6 "Trump Bites" shorts using real audio from Donald Trump, which won a 2019 Webby Award.