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

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Chapter 10

Developing a Short Animated Film with Aubry Mintz

I have found a system for developing animated films after 13 years working with professional and student filmmakers to create short, one- to five-minute ideas that they are able to produce within a year. I also apply this system to my own work, and will use my current film Countin’ on Sheep as a case study to show how to take a short film from idea to production. I hope you enjoy this chapter, and if you decide to make a film, I trust this can be of some use to you.

Countin’ on Sheep Synopsis

This film takes place in Arkansas at the end of the 1930s Dustbowl and involves Zee, a six-year-old boy who has lost his lower bunk bed to his visiting grandmother. He has no choice but to climb ...

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