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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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What If? Contrasting the Possible and the Fanciful

The film medium is literally fantastic.

Film takes you outside the limits of time and space. Animation can take you outside the limits of your own body. There is a type of film that deals with the ‘here and now’. It is called documentary filmmaking since it documents something that already exists.

Animation creates new worlds and fantastic characters who think and feel and live. Animation doesn't need sets, location shoots, or actors. The only limit on your setting or characters is your imagination.

Animation is at its best when it depicts something that could possibly exist. It is counterproductive to duplicate reality in animation unless you are doing special effects that must blend in with ...

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