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Creating Animated Cartoons with Character: A Guide to Developing and Producing Your Own Series for TV, the Web, and Short Film Paperback – August 24, 2010
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Or at least, that's how it used to be. Luckily, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life and Camp Lazlo wrote a book that can help. Now you can know everything you ever wanted to, thanks to Joe Murray's Creating Animated Cartoons with Character: A Guide to Developing and Producing Your Own Series for TV, the Web and Short Film. (Goodness me, that's a long name for a book).
Creating Animated Cartoons with Character give readers the insight into what goes into creating an animated series from concept to bible to pitch to production, all using examples from Murray's own career as well as those of his friends, such as Stephen Hillenberg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Will you need an agent? Will they steal your ideas? The answers to questions every aspiring creator has are answered here. This book will force the reader to examine his or her motivation for attempting to make an animated series, as well as giving the reader a realistic idea of what to expect, or rather, what not to expect. Murray brilliantly explains how to create likeable characters and how to prepare a pitch. He also offers practical advice that can be used in just about any job, like not being a jerk and keeping your ego in check.Read more ›
With a clear, comprehensive style, visual record, and insightful Q&As with other big-name animation experts, Murray pretty much answers every possible question one may have along the lines of developing a cartoon from the ground up. Pitching, design, character, scheduling, working with networks - everything is explained in as much detail as possible. There are some moments early on where the details are skipped, like how he moved on from local comic-newspaper artist to a full-fledged studio, but the details are about the network cartoon business, not so much his life before then.
I would say that the only issue I have is that there's a heavy use of metaphors, and while I understand it has such a writing trope to help the younger or the unfamiliar understand the business better, Murray is clear and concise enough with his initial explanations of events that it makes such analogies moot.
If you are curious about the business, eager to pitch your own cartoon, or looking to work in animation in any format, I would highly recommend this. Very down-to-earth and approachable, informative without being condescending, and - well, let's be frank: it's the entire approach by the guy who created one of the best animated shows in mid-90s. That alone makes it a must read.
First, this book is an amazing snapshot of the industry, and all the mechanics running deep below the surface-- Things not evident to the staff, even.
This book is also a precise and lucid step-by-step guide to one of the most harrowing situations in entertainment. Having struck gold twice, Murray has a sober understanding of what happens, what never happens, and how you need to understand and re-tool yourself as things inevitably change. I'm going into this process now, and it's making all the difference that having the lights on would make if I was in a strange building, with dogs chasing me.
It's also a passionate treatise on retaining your artistic passion, and your courage-- Which is really really hard in this industry. He gives advice on how to avoid being crushed by the network juggernauts, or where to go if you'd rather have nothing to do with them.
This book does the astounding trick of granting the reader years of experience, like some sort of magic wand. Joe Murray has the understanding and clear writing ability to make it all seem relatively simple.
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This book wasn't completely what I was expecting, but that didn't make it any less useful for what I looking for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ZW
I was disappointed by this book, mostly because it didn't cover production in as much detail as I had hoped. I don't know any independent animators who outsource production. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DH
Amazing tool for anybody interested in cartooning as a businessPublished 13 months ago by Carlos O.
This book is awesome !! A must have for all character designers or animators wanna be.Published 16 months ago by Gabriel S. Fazzioni