This exercise appears in Chapter Four of Prepare to Board, Second Edition. In this exercise, readers and students were asked to suggest a conflict or situation that could inspire a story.
The conflict or situation could not be specific, as in “A cat chases a mouse” since the students had to create original characters and stories based on the suggestion without using a set formula. The class assembled a list of twenty conflicts and voted for their favorite. “Something in the Way” was then assigned to the entire class. No other story materials were given and students had the freedom to interpret the conflict in any manner they chose. As a result, no two projects turned out alike. Story beats and storyboards for Mincheul Park’s project appear in Chapter 12 of Prepare to Board. Mincheul’s animatic was scored with a scratch track using methods described in Chapter 19.
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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.
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