Creating a Story

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Steps to creating a movie your audience will sit through:

  • Think of a story. A good story:
    • is simple, so you can tell it in under 5 minutes
    • has a hook or plot twist to catch the audience
    • has action, not just people talking
  • Divide the movie into scenes. For each, think about:
    • what characters will be in it?
    • what location are they in?
    • what is the mood?
    • what shots will you use?
    • what sounds and special effects will you need?
  • Now you're ready to start making your movie!!

Want a little more information on how the pros do it? Try these links:

The Storyboarding Activity - a cartoon guide to planning your movie.

Geoffrey Scott - a pro shares tips on writing scripts for animation.

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