By: Nancy Beiman                Categories: AnimationBooksGeneral

The following video is based off a project created for the upcoming new edition of Prepare to Board by Nancy Beiman.

The short started off as a project that was created for the Chapter 12 assignment of Prepare to Board, an assignment that is based on a simple nursery rhyme or poem. The poem does not appear in the finished animatic since it served as a ‘script’ that inspired a visual story. The true nature of the characters and situation is gradually revealed as the story progresses. Beat boards, character lineups and storyboards from MY FATHER appear in Chapter 12 of the second edition of Prepare to Board . Bram’s animatic was scored with a scratch track using methods described in Chapter 19 of Prepare to Board.

Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, 2nd edition is available at Amazon, BN, and wherever fine books can be found.

headshot of Nancy Beiman

Nancy Beiman is a renowned animator and artist having worked as a professional animator, storyboard artist, character designer, development artist, illustrator, and director in feature films, commercials, television specials, and new media. She was a supervising animator and development artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Television Animation, a director at Warner Bros. Animation, and a producer (with partner Dean Yeagle) at Caged Beagle Productions, Inc. Nancy has taught animation, storyboard, character design, and gesture drawing at the undergraduate and graduate level since 2000 and conducted masterclasses in storyboard and animation.

© 2010 Used by permission of Bram Cayne.



  •    toonrog99 said on September 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    As of this second, MS. BIEMANS book of the 2nd ed., is out of print….at amazon.

    This I understand…but still give some of us who don’t want to pre=order a chance willya??????

    Thanks for listening…
    and amazon may ship this book via fedex smartpost…
    see bad delery comments re;; smartpost complaints bar non

    just trying to help.

  •    toonrog99 said on September 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    great book to be sure..
    but is out of print as of sept 22 release date
    and everyone please spread the news about how bad the
    shipping time may be via
    fedex smartpost via amazon
    [ see comments at amazon in discussion section if you
    don’t believe me ]

    thanks and just trying to help

    Spokane, wa-

  •    admin said on September 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Toonrog99. Yes, we are aware that Amazon is not currently taking pre-orders on thsi great title and we are in teh process of getting that sorted. I’m glad you are as excited as us about this new edition!

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