Write Your Way into Animation and Games: Create a Writing Career in Animation and Games 1st Edition

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About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, California. Christy Marx is a writer, story editor, series developer, game designer, and interactive writer. Her many credits include: Babylon 5 and the Twilight Zone; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; He-Man; X-Men Evolution; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Lord of the Rings; Elfquest; and more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081343X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240813431
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
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Write Your Way Into Animation and Games: Create a Writing Career in Animation and Games is a book that contains pieces from several other books printed by Focal Press, as well as some new material written by Christy Marx to tie everything together. The title says the book covers both animation and games, which it does; however, only the first nine chapters actually cover animation. The remaining seventeen chapters focus on writing for games. But it should be noted that there are times in the game writing section where concepts from the animation section are referenced, so the animation portion does need to be included.

The animation portion of the book contains writings by two writers: Christy Marx (who has nearly 30 years of experience developing, story editing and writing animation series and features) and Jean Ann Wright (whose experience includes work with Hanna-Barbera, working as a freelance animation writer, and having her own business as an animation preproduction consultant). Both of these women provide great insight into the basics of writing for animation, as well as providing information on writing structure, character development, and information and advice for anyone who wants to try to break into the animation scriptwriting business. While some of the information provided by both of these women overlap somewhat, it turns out that one of them may only give a brief mention to a concept, while the other provides more in-depth information to flesh out the basic concept. As I read this section, I felt that both writers' information was very helpful and useful for an aspiring animation scriptwriter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Bowman on August 25, 2011
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Before I can properly apply the book (which is textbook format, though a lot more interesting and fun than normal textbooks) here's a little background. I'm a lifelong writer, just now getting serious about publication, with an abiding passion for film (particularly animation) and video games. While I'm not bad on the designing end of the spectrum, writing is definitely my stronger suit. I researched screenwriting and animation writing in my teens, but, figuring I'd learn all this in film school (all of which accepted me, none of which helped me pay) I never took it seriously.

Fast-forward a few years. I'm still in love with writing; it's still a creative pursuit at which I excel (assuming I work very hard and polish each piece); I still love film, but that expensive hobby understandably got pushed onto a back burner. A few weeks ago, I began to wonder seriously, not idly as I've done for years, about what I could do to write for animation and games. Coincidentally, I stumbled across this book.

"Write Your Way into Animation and Games" is a fabulous resource for beginners, and even intermediates depending on what you're looking for. I was frustrated by the first chapters, which cover screenwriting basics and how to craft a simple story. I read them anyway (in case skipping would cause me to miss something). And I have to say, the advice is clear, concise, brief, thorough, and necessary. It was material I'm highly familiar with, but once I banished the "been through this before" conceit, the refresher did very well for me. I'd urge anyone not actually working in animation (not that you'd be picking up this book if you were) to please go over it. It's a little irritating at times, but the information is still valuable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on July 10, 2012
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I am someone who really enjoys writing and have for a long time considered doing it a bit more "professionally." As an outsider to the writing profession, I am not at all familiar with all the ways in which creative writing could lead to a career, or at least a fulfilling and enjoyable hobby. I picked up this book to see what animation and game writing is all about, and even thought I'll probably never do any of it for a living, this book still taught me many valuable lessons about these very exciting creative fields.

This book contains a truly remarkable amount of useful and actionable information. About a third of it is dedicated to animation, with the rest covering video games. Material is aimed at the beginners in these fields, although many later concepts may require some prior experience with animation or game writing. The book is filled with thorough and detailed examples and case studies, and it gives a very good overview of what sorts of assignments and work are the game and animation writers expected to encounter. In my opinion, this is not exactly a book for absolute beginners, and some prior experience in writing, animation, or game design would be highly recommended. The book ends with a few excellent tips and suggestions for actually finding animation and writing jobs. The bad news is that there are no easy shortcuts and the straightforward entry points into these fields. One needs to be very dedicated and willing to take a lot of different assignments and routs before really making it as a writer.

The book comes with a companion website, with a lot of additional material. It is overall a very comprehensive resource. Animation and game writing is definitely more art than science, but a book like this one can help avoid much of the aimless wanderings and learning by trial and error. It is very well written and exceptionally helpful. I highly recommend it.
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