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If you want to write animation—or if you just want to produce or direct it—it’s important to know the difference between live action and animation writing. First the similarities:
Animation stories are developed pretty much the same as in live action. You come up with a concept, sometimes called a premise, describing the basic beginning, middle and end of the story. The next stage is an outline, laying out each scene, including action and gags. The final step is the script, with full scene description and dialogue.
The script form in animation is virtually identical to live action.
It’s the differences that are important to understand.