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Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, Third Edition
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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.
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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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