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

3rd Edition

By Nancy Beiman

CRC Press

367 pages | 350 Color Illus.

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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, 3rd 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 third edition is an invaluable resource for both beginner and intermediate artists.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 First Catch Your Rabbit: Creating Concepts and Characters

Chapter 2 How Storyboard Took Over the Movies (And Television)Live Action and Animation Boards

Chapter 3 Putting Yourself into Your Work

Chapter 4 Situation and Character Driven Stories

Chapter 5 Treat ‘em rough: beginning character design and setting story rules

Chapter 6 Appealing or Appalling? Developing your Characters

Chapter 7 Working with Multiple Characters

Chapter 8 Beauties and Beasts: Creating Character Contrasts in Design

Chapter 9 Color and Design in Storytelling

Chapter 10 Starting Story Sketch: Compose Yourself

Chapter 11 Boarding Time: Getting with the Story Beat

Chapter 12 Roughing It: Basic Staging

Chapter 13 The Big Picture: Creating Story Sequences

Chapter 14 Patterns in Time: Pacing Action on Rough Boards

Chapter 15 Present Tense: Creating a Performance on Storyboards

Chapter 16 Color My World: Art Direction and Storytelling

Chapter 17 Show and Tell: Presenting Your Storyboards

Chapter 18 Talking Pictures: Assembling a Leica, Story Reel or Animatic with a Scratch Track

Chapter 19 Team Storyboard: Working on Group Projects

Chapter 20 Maquette Simple: Modeling Characters in Three Dimensions

Chapter 21 Building a Better Mouse: Creating Final Model Sheets

Chapter 22 Screen and Screen Again: Preparing for Production

Chapter 23 Appendices: Animated Interviews

About the Author


Nancy Beiman teaches storyboard in the Bachelor of Animation Program at Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada. She has taught second year storyboard classes in the BA Animation Program at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 2008. Nancy has worked for over thirty years as a supervising animator, director, character designer, producer and storyboard artist. She is a graduate of the Character Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Nancy has worked for Disney, Warner Brothers, Ambin, Gerhard Hahn Filmproduktion, and many other studios. She is currently working on a new film, OLD TRICKS. Nancy is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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