How to Write for Animation

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The world of animation has expanded far beyond the children's fare generations of Americans have grown up watching. Hit television series like South Park, The Simpsons, and King of the Hill have blurred the boundary between sitcom and cartoon and have aimed straight for adult audiences with a powerful admixture of social commentary and outright hilarity.

In movie theaters, with films like Toy Story and Shrek, digital technology has enabled animators to produce films both of ...

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Overview

The world of animation has expanded far beyond the children's fare generations of Americans have grown up watching. Hit television series like South Park, The Simpsons, and King of the Hill have blurred the boundary between sitcom and cartoon and have aimed straight for adult audiences with a powerful admixture of social commentary and outright hilarity.

In movie theaters, with films like Toy Story and Shrek, digital technology has enabled animators to produce films both of stunningly realistic quality and the imagination and fantasy that the genre has always supplied. In the meantime, with recent hits like Tarzan and the forthcoming Atlantis: The Lost Empire, classic animation has never been more popular. It all adds up to an expanding market for writers who have an eye toward the future and an eagerness to work in a medium where the only limit is the depth of their imagination.

With step-by-step instructions, award-winning animation writer Jeffrey Scott details every stop on the road from inspiration to production, with sections on premises, outlines, storyboards, treatments, description, and dialogue, and much more:

• The job market and salaries for animation writing

• Writing animation for the internet

• Creating an animated TV series

• How to rewrite and polish scripts

• How to get hired to write for your favorite animated TV show.

With the insights of a seasoned veteran he also gives foolproof advice on how to sell the finished product-breaking in, getting an agent, negotiating the treacherous Hollywood pitch meeting. How to Write for Animation is the ultimate guide for anyone with ambitions of writing for the most rapidly developing medium in all of entertainment.

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What People Are Saying

Katzenberg
Writing for Animation is both an art and a discipline, and Jeffrey Scott is terrific at teaching others what he's mastered himself.
— DreamWorks SKG
Roth
Jeffrey Scott combines that rarest and most extraordinary of talents-he is a master storyteller, a prolific writer and turns out scripts 'faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive.' He leaves a legacy to the world of animation writing that is unmatched and unparalleled and, fortunately for so many, now memorialized in this excellent book.
— President, Warner Brothers Television
Stan Lee
Writers! Add Jeffrey Scott's How To Write For Animation to your required reading list. As one of the top names in the animation field, a man who's done it all and done it with style, Jeffrey has not only given us the result of years of invaluable experience, but a damn good read as well.
— Chairman Emeritus, Marvel Comics
Nancy Kanter
Jeffrey Scott has written the definitive sourcebook for anyone interested in the world of animation and script writing. Infused with humor and a love of the craft, this book is filled with the practical information one needs to get started, and is a great resource for producers, directors and executives already in the business.
— Vice President Programming, Disney Channel
Andy Heyward
Jeffrey Scott is without a doubt the most prolific and accomplished writer of television animation of all time. Action, comedy-he does it all, and very, very well.
— Chairman, DIC Entertainment
Haim Saban
Jeffrey's book contains everything you need to know about writing for animation and then some. Reading this book is a must for anyone interested in excelling in the field.
— CEO & Chairman, Saban Entertainment
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585674282
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/24/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 613,711
  • Product dimensions: 7.95 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Scott is one of animation's most acclaimed writers. He has written over six hundred animated television scripts for such series as: Superfriends, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others. His work has been recognized with three Emmy Awards and a Humanitas Prize. The grandson of the Three Stooges' Moe Howard, Jeffrey Scott is also the manager of worldwide rights to the Three Stooges.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Author's Introduction 13
How To Read This Book 17
Pt. I Getting Ready to Write
1 Understanding the World of Animation 21
2 Tools of the Trade 29
Pt. II Writing for Animation
3 Basic Overview 35
4 How to Write a Premise 39
5 Developing Your Story Beats 44
6 How to Write an Outline 61
7 How to Write a Script 75
8 Writing Description 123
9 Writing Dialogue 129
10 How to Write Funny Stuff 132
11 Feature, Internet, and Sample Scripts 136
12 Creating an Animated Series 143
13 Writing a Presentation, Bible, and Pilot 148
Pt. III Selling Your Animated Project
14 How to Get an Agent 177
15 How to Break into Toon Writing without an Agent 182
16 How to Pitch Your Project 185
17 How to Prosper in Toon Town 187
Epilogue 194
Biography 195
Toonography 197
Glossary 210
Animation Links and References 219
Index 220
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