Nancy Beiman


PREPARE TO BOARD! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts is a textbook for animators and storytellers working in time-based media. It discusses the creation of an animated conceptthe heart and soul of an animated motion picture that has not been covered in previously published storyboarding books and then describes techniques used to develop characters and storyboards simultaneously in accordance with industry practice. Exercises are included to allow readers who are not familiar with animation to progress from simple to increasingly complex projects. The text supports the visuals much in the same way that dialogue supports visuals in an animated film. Over 300 illustrations by student and professional artists are included. Three interviews with animation professionals and an extensive glossary of professional terms utilized in the text appear in separate appendixes.

A website featuring illustrations from the book and a 'commercial' parodying the old "Bouncing Ball" cartoons is online at The site links to's order page for the book.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Storyboards; Computer animation; Animation (Cinematography); Animated films--Authorship; Cartoon characters

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Marla Schweppe

Advisor/Committee Member

Chris Jackson

Advisor/Committee Member

Adrianne Carageorge


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NC1002.S85 B45 2007


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