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Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts, 2nd Edition by Nancy Beiman

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First Catch Your Rabbit: Creating Concepts and Characters

There is a famous old cookbook recipe for stewed rabbit. The first sentence of the recipe gets right to the point. It reads: “First, catch your rabbit.”

How do you “catch the rabbit” and create original characters and stories? Where do ideas for original stories and characters come from?

A story recipe depends on the freshness of the ingredients, the quality of the preparation, and the skills of the creator.

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The first two ingredients—Character and Conflict—develop simultaneously. Both must be established at the beginning of your story and, like well-written newspaper headlines, they will ...

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