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This article was co-authored byMelessa Sargent
. Melessa Sargent is the President of Scriptwriters Network, a non-profit organization that brings in entertainment professionals to teach the art and business of script writing for TV, features and new media. The Network serves its members by providing educational programming, developing access and opportunity through alliances with industry professionals, and furthering the cause and quality of writing in the entertainment industry. Under Melessa's leadership, SWN has won numbers awards including the Los Angeles Award from 2014 through 2021, and the Innovation & Excellence award in 2020. This article has been viewed 365,637 times.
Updated: August 10, 2021
As with any type of film, animation takes time, patience, and a lot of planning, but anyone with a good imagination can make an animated short film. Start by writing out a script that has well-developed characters, a theme, and a beginning, middle, and end. Before starting to animate, sketch your characters in a variety of poses, costumes, and expressions to get a sense of what they look like. You can now storyboard your script by drawing out the principal action of each shot. Import your storyboard into a filmmaking program so you can use them to make a timed slideshow or animatic, which is a rough cut of animation. Add dialogue and sound effects to the animatic to make a complete story. Once this process is finished, you can animate your film by first picking a medium, like stop-motion or rotoscoping. Then, draw out your backgrounds and sketch, model, or design the key poses for your characters. Add your in-between frames to string your movie together. To learn how to cut your film into the final version, keep reading!
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