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“Everybody Chips in Ten Cents, and Somehow It Seems to Add up to a Dollar”: Exploring the Visual Toolbox of Animation Story Design

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The specific endeavour of exploring—let alone defining—the multiple approaches to writing for the animated form is a comparatively new area of enquiry and theoretical development. Arguably, for every animation project there is a distinctive method and approach. This is related to the view that writing for animation is bound up with its production context and its eventual outcome. Therefore, this chapter is intended as a starting point for readers keen to learn more about the vocabularies of animated storytelling. Focus is placed on: the animation toolbox (the core characteristics of animation that underpin the development of any animation script—essentially the tools that any one writer must be aware of when thinking about creating animated narratives); micro-narratives (the fundamental building blocks when constructing animated narratives); storyboarding; and production contexts (feature film, television, independently produced shorts and metamedia).

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    Data for A Bug’s Life and WALL-E sourced from: Pixar Studio Exhibit, “Fun Facts: Storyboards Delivered for Each Pixar Feature Film (Since We Started Counting)”, Emeryville, CA. Viewed by Chris Pallant, 23 June 2013.

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Pallant, C., Wells, P. (2023). “Everybody Chips in Ten Cents, and Somehow It Seems to Add up to a Dollar”: Exploring the Visual Toolbox of Animation Story Design. In: Davies, R., Russo, P., Tieber, C. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Screenwriting Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-20769-3_30

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