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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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13

The Big Picture: Creating Story Sequences

It's now time to start refining your story by breaking it down into sequences. Chapters in books indicate a new location or story point. Sequences are like chapters in a film. They break the narrative into manageable sections or modules, making it easier for a group of artists to complete production on a project. Sequential structure makes it easier for solo artists to complete a film as well, as we will see in this chapter.

Sequences are sometimes defined by location. The ‘balcony scene’ in Romeo and Juliet, if filmed, would be regarded as a sequence since all the shots would take place in the same location. But you can't define all sequences by their location because:

  • An action sequence (for example, ...

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