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Ideas for the Animated Short, 2nd Edition by Gary Schumer, Karen Sullivan

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Chapter 5

Building Story

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Concept Art for Defective Detective by Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, Ringling College of Art and Design

Basic story structure seems pretty simple:

  • It is an ordinary day
  • Something happens that moves the character to action
  • A character wants something badly
  • He meets with conflict
  • The conflict intensifies until
  • He makes a discovery, learns a lesson, or makes a choice
  • In order to succeed.

But storytelling is hard. Each story is unique and has its own puzzles to solve. What gets tricky is figuring out how to raise the conflict, or in what order to place the events of your story to engage and entertain an audience. In this ...

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