How to Write for Animation

How to Write for Animation

by Jeffrey Scott


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585674282
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 06/24/2003
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 685,936
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joe Barbera
Author's Introduction
How to Read This Book

Part I: Getting Ready to Write
1. Understanding the World of Animation
2. Tools of the Trade

Part II: Writing for Animation
3. Basic Overview
4. How to Write a Premise
5. Developing Your Story Beats
6. How to Write an Outline
7. How to Write a Script
8. Writing Description
9. Writing Dialogue
10. How to Write Funny Stuff
11. Feature, Internet, and Sample Scripts
12. Creating an Animated Series
13. Writing a Presentation, Bible, and Pilot

Part III: Selling Your Animated Project
14. How to Get an Agent
15. How to Break into Toon Writing without an Agent
16. How to Pitch Your Project
17. How to Prosper in Toon Town

Animation Links and References

What People are Saying About This

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

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

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


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

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


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

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