‘Pre-Animate!' is the guide to effective pre-production for independent animators.

Have you ever seen animations that have interesting visuals but weak storylines? Animators sometimes seem to give up on getting the structure of their animation right in the blind rush just to get it made. Don't let it happen to you!

The solutions are in pre-production. Find out how to organise your time properly, anticipate any potential problems, work effectively with a sound designer and make an animation that leaves audiences saying, ‘Wow!'

This book covers everything an animator needs to know about pre-production:

- Coming up with animate-able ideas
- Writing a story with a coherent beginning, middle and end
- Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different animation techniques
- Designing characters from scratch
- Creating storyboards
- Adding sound effects and music
- And organising yourself and others

With colour-coded sections so you can jump in wherever you want , original characters and storyboards to illustrate key concepts, and helpful tips to encourage you at every stage, Pre-animate!' has all the information you need to turn a germ of an idea into a gem of animation.

So it's time to pre-animate - let's start planning your animation now!

The contents page of Pre-animate!