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How to Write for Animation [Paperback]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Overlook TP
ISBN  1585674281  
EAN  9781585674282  

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In recent years, the world of animation has expanded far beyond the Saturday morning cartoons that generations of Americans grew up watching. Recent years have seen a boom in animation--hit prime-time television series, blockbuster cutting-edge digitally animated features, conventional animation The expanding market is luring writers who have an eye toward the future and an eagerness to work in a medium where the only limit is the depth on one's imagination. With step-by-step instructions and the insights of a seasoned veteran, award-winning animation writer Jeffrey Scott details the process of developing even the vaguest of ideas into a fully realized animation script. He details every stop on the road from inspiration to presentation, with sections on premises, outlines, treatments, description, and dialogue, and much more. How to Write for Animation is the ultimate guide for anyone with ambitions of writing for the most rapidly developing medium in all of entertainment.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeffrey Scott is one of animation's most acclaimed writers. He has written over six hundred animated television scripts for such series as: "Superfriends," "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," among others. His work has been recognized with three Emmy Awards and a Humanitas Prize. The grandson of the "Three Stooges"' Moe Howard, Jeffrey Scott is also the manager of worldwide rights to the "Three Stooges,"

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Misleading title, know what you are getting   Oct 8, 2007
I'm not saying it's a bad book. On the contrary. It's very good.
But you have to know what you are buying.
It's a book for writing Scripts for ANIMATED SERIES FOR KIDS.
The case study with which you will go through this hands on course is
This will be great for some but not for all.
Worth it all the way!  Mar 8, 2007
I'm in the process of writing a proposal for a new animated series and though familiar with writing in general have no experience in animation. Scott's book is a clear, step-by-step primer and is a terrific source of info for the beginner. Every writer approaches his work differently, of course but I find Scott's one-block-at-a-time method of putting together a solid animated story to be highly efficient while leaving room for a good deal of creativity and fun at the same time.
When I feel my energy and ambition start to flag a bit, opening up Scott's book and reading a couple of pages is a great way to get the fires burning again. He writes in a clear, friendly style that neither condescends nor misses any of the major questions a newbie might have.
"How To Write For Animation" is obviously the product of a highly experienced pro - which is much to the benefit his readers.
Highly recommended.
Like having a coffee with your pal Jeffrey...  Jan 21, 2007
I didn't know who he was before buying the book but you bet I learned who he is and what he's done. Great person to read and learn from. The book was very inspiring but specially was technically estimulating to the level that for the first time in my life I think I can give it a shot and write something. He explained writing the script not as an art but a science. Most of the times when he mentioned that writing is also an art he refered to this a "something that takes years to develop" so instead of making me feel bad about this, he went ahead and taught me the basics, the basic structure, the basic approach and it was killer to have some actual samples of his work the reinforcing his words. The books is technical so dont expect an "about my life" book which is great... it's clear that Jeffrey has forged his talent and reputation by his work and not by saying how great he is. The book starts technical and ends in a more conversational way when Jeffrey tells you his "points of view" on different media types including internet. One thing I would love to ask him is to release an updated edition or even a new book on writing for a) writing for the internet and b) full length picture writing. When he wrote this book, internet animation was booming, now it's here so, some advice from him on this regard would be useful.
A MUST READ for anyone interested in animation writing!  Apr 12, 2006
I am a published comic book writer developing an idea for an animated series and have been thoroughly impressed with `How to Write for Animation'. In it, Jeffrey Scott takes you through the entire process of animation writing, and provides examples for every step. He demonstrates how to write a premise, beat outline, outline, and script. He then tells you how to make contacts in the industry, including finding an agent. What I especially like about the book is the wealth of information Jeff shares on how to develop a series idea, including writing a bible and pilot script and how to pitch the idea to Hollywood.

A previous reviewer misstates Jeff as saying that writing a feature is impossible. This is not the case. What Jeff did write was that `to the best of my knowledge, at the time of this writing, no spec animated screenplay has ever been sold or produced'. He goes on to write, `Someone IS going to sell an animated spec one day and it might as well be you.' (Emphasis added). This book will equip you to do just that.

For those of you wanting to take the next step in your animation writing career, I highly recommend Jeffrey Scott's Cartoon Writing Apprenticeship Program offered through his website ( In this program, you learn directly from the master and I can tell you from personal experience that Jeff does an incredible job of teaching you how to improve and polish your writing.

The book and the apprenticeship program are incredible resources to help you succeed as an animation writer.
a letdown - really mostly for TV series writing  Apr 4, 2006
I was disappointed in this book since it focussed almost exclusively on creating TV series scripts, and drew virtually all examples from one of Scott's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles scripts. When it comes to features, there's only a small chapter and Scott basically says 'Forget about it - no film scripts have ever been bought from outside a studio - they're only developed in-house by execs.' There's also only one paragraph devoted to creating 'direct-to-video' projects, and no mention whatsoever of strategies for writing for independent films or any less 'orthodox' ways to get your work seen and developed.

Given all the other glowing reviews I read, I expected more.

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