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How to Write for Animation Reissue Edition

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"As one of the top names in the animation field, a man who's done it all and done it with style, Jeffrey Scott has not only given us the result of years of invaluable experience, but a damn good read as well."

About the Author

Jeffrey Scott is one of animation's most acclaimed writers. He has written over six hundred animated television scripts for such series as: "Superfriends," "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," among others. His work has been recognized with three Emmy Awards and a Humanitas Prize. The grandson of the "Three Stooges"' Moe Howard, Jeffrey Scott is also the manager of worldwide rights to the "Three Stooges,"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; Reissue edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585674281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585674282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Jeffrey Scott's new book, "How to Write for Animation," was exactly what I needed! Three months after registering with an online freelance agency, I got an e-mail inviting me to bid on a project. There weren't many details on the listing, but it involved writing and that's a field I want to get into.
I got hired and suddenly became the lead writer for a new, 3D computer graphics TV Series. Having little experience with creative writing, but extensive editing skills ... I knew I needed help!
After wallowing in uncertainty and formatic confusion, I went to the local bookstore looking for a book on screenwriting suggested by another writer on the project. The book wasn't there. But I found "How to Write for Animation" and it was EXACTLY what I needed! (The bookstore guy that rung me up said, "OH GREAT book! That just came in and I HAD to read it.")
Not only do I know how to appear as if I'm an old pro, I've got step by step instructions on everything I need to help pitch this series :) Way Kewl!
I was told to write a "Bible" ... eeek! "Didn't someone already do that?" I asked. Thanks Jeffrey! Now I know exactly what I need to include in our presentation, our bible, how much to include since we are new writers, ... EVERYTHING! And it is presented in an EASY format for busy people.
GREAT BOOK! WONDERFUL RESOURCE! It should be on every animation writers shelf!
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a boring lawyer who had an idea for a cartoon series swimming around in her head. I found this book, followed it to the letter, developed the idea, pitched it, and now have a major animation production company who has purchased an option for the show. Mr. Scott even took the time to respond to an e-mail I sent with a question. This is a great and simple to understand resource for anyone with the ideas and gumption to go for it. Thanks Mr. Scott!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a must-read for ALL script writers, not just toonsters. Scott takes you through the process of creating a story like a master-builder. He writes clearly, simply and with enthusiasm. His love and respect for his craft is obvious, making this a very inspiring and enjoyable read, as well as a valuable and informative one. Scott's technical tips are terrific and easy to apply. Why didn't I think of cutting and pasting an outline into a script template? Overall, I found this book to be as entertaining as it was informative and practical. The glossary alone is worth the price of the book. I've been writing animation for 10 years and can't wait to break my next story using some of his tricks. I just wish Jeffrey had written it ten years ago.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a book my boss picked up for me for work, but it took no effort to get through this book quickly. It's well written, through the voice of someone experienced, candid, and knowledgeable.
It gives a fantastic overview, from A to Z, of all you'd need to know to get motivated to write...including access to several essential examples of scripts and a series bible. He's also a motivator, putting dreams in perspective of goals and reminding you often to write, write, write.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn the basics of writing for any kind of animation in an easy-to-digest way and also because it contains the valuable writing samples I mentioned above.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has it all. Jeffrey Scott not only explains how to write a script but shows you actual produced scripts. His writing style is very easy to understand and so inspirational. I recommend this book to all my animation students.
Ronn Brown
MFA Director of Computer Graphics
Academy of Art College
San Francisco, CA
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I was disappointed in this book since it focussed almost exclusively on creating TV series scripts, and drew virtually all examples from one of Scott's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles scripts. When it comes to features, there's only a small chapter and Scott basically says 'Forget about it - no film scripts have ever been bought from outside a studio - they're only developed in-house by execs.' There's also only one paragraph devoted to creating 'direct-to-video' projects, and no mention whatsoever of strategies for writing for independent films or any less 'orthodox' ways to get your work seen and developed.

Given all the other glowing reviews I read, I expected more.
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Format: Hardcover
How can I tell I love this book? I carry with me everywhere I go!I start reading it from the moment I wake up.Some folks read the paper, not me, I read this book!It's fun , entertaining, and gets the message across effortlessly. It's by far the best book on writing for animation I have ever found.It's an outstanding tool for anyone wishing to understand the business of Animation and creative writing.Kudos to Jeffrey for a job well done.
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This book is unutterably fantastic. Mr. Scott knows the
industry like the back of his hand, and it shows. Not only
does he let the reader in on all the ins and outs, ups and
downs, and biffs and pows of the industry, but he does so
in such a reasonable, down-to-earth, and inspiring tone,
that it leads you to believe that YOU CAN MAKE IT IN THE
CARTOON BIZ. I can tell you that, living far away from
the entertainment industry, this book is a Godsend. If
you've ever had any questions about making cartoons, get this book. And hey, the guy has an awesome website - AND he was kind enough to respond to an e-mail! You gotta get this book!
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