Animated Storytelling is an approachable and easy-to-follow guide that teaches students how to create memorable stories using animation and motion graphics. The book’s friendly tone and boiled-down ideas take them through the stages of concept development, pre-production, storyboarding, and design (including color, world building, and sound) with clear examples and easy-to-follow assignments. With an emphasis on pre-visualization, technique selection, and experimentation, this book provides illustration students, graphic design students, and animation students, with useful tools to help get their designs moving with meaning at any budget.
• Set of 10 guidelines help students make the transition from static to animation and motion graphics
• A simplified, accessible, and motivating method for working in motion that won't intimidate beginning students
• Includes prompts and assignments honed and tested on students and industry professionals that make learning to create visual stories a hands-on experience
• Loaded with visual examples including stills and storyboards that illustrate principles in a way that is easy and fun for students to understand
Table of Contents
1. Pre-Production The doorway to a well-planned animated piece
2. Storytelling Tame the limitless medium
3. Storyboarding Build your visual script
4. Color Sense Enhance your story with the right palette
5. Weird Science Experiment with animation
6. Sound Ideas Get your audio and story in sync
7. Design Wonderland World building and environmental design
8. Technique Marry style and story
9. Animate! Big-picture thinking, frame by frame
10. Show and Tell Create, share, and network
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About the Author(s)
Liz Blazer is a filmmaker, art director, visual artist, designer, animator, and educator. She has worked as a development artist for Disney, as a special effects designer for MTV, and as an art director for the Palestinian/Israeli Sesame Street. Her animated documentary Backseat Bingo traveled to 180 film festivals in 15 countries and won many awards, including awards from the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, Animation Magazine and the International Documentary Association. As an educator, Blazer emphasizes storytelling and pitching as she guides her students to bring their art to life through animation.