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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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12

Boarding Time: Getting with the Story Beat

A sculptor was once asked how he carved an elephant from a block of wood. He replied, “I take this knife and carve away anything that does not look like an elephant.”

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[Fig. 12–1] The Elephant in the Room, or removing the inessentials.

Like sculpture, animation develops complex forms from simple beginnings. Unlike sculpture, finished animation does not simply appear as extraneous material is removed. Animation is like patchwork. A series of small parts is assembled according to a pattern, resulting in a whole “quilt”. Refinement of story, production design, and animation can sometimes continue right ...

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