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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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Vive la Difference! Animation and Live-action Storyboards

“While directing short (animated) subjects, I soon discovered that the original planning of the overall picture, where the director had complete control of the project, was where the picture was actually made good … having OK'd the picture and taken delivery of it from the story department … the final result was assured.“

—David Hand, director of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Live-action and animation storyboards differ dramatically from one another. Live-action storyboards provide notes for camera angles, rough blocking for the actors, and the general setup for each shot. The figures on the storyboards do not represent specific actors since the casting may not yet be set. The board ...

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