O'Reilly logo

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

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

14

Patterns in Time: Pacing Action on Rough Boards

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Time seems to slow to a crawl and stop when you are listening to a dull speaker. A short lecture given in a monotone can appear to last for hours rather than a few minutes.

Conversely, a good speaker who varies his or her inflection and pacing can make a long speech fly by and leave the audience wanting more. I once auditioned an actress for a narrator's role in a film I was directing. Since I wanted the character to have a sexy voice but didn't want the actress’ choice of material to influence my decision, I requested that she read distinctly ‘un-sexy’ material for the audition. The actress found ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required