There are only two things you need to do to become a better writer: study and write. The question is: are you studying and writing optimally? I wrote screenplays for Columbia and Paramount on instinct, and wrote hundreds of animation scripts the same way. But I’d never really “learned” how to write. I finally decided to get serious about my craft and read all the best-selling screenwriting books. I learned quite a bit. But one of the most important things I learned was that WHAT you read is only half of the journey. HOW to read is the other. Learn the three R's and become a better screenwriter...
The Fleischer estate has lost its attempt to regain the copyright to Betty Boop, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Emmy-nominated Animation Domination staple AMERICAN DAD has been renewed for a seventh season, bringing the series through the 2012-2013 season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
In its premiere week, Disney Junior delivered Disney Channel’s best ratings ever in the daypart among Kids 2-5 (474,000/2.8 rating) and Boys 2-5 (262,000/3.0 rating), and posted the second-best weekly ratings ever among Girls 2-5 (212,000/2.6 rating).
The reason I use Excel to develop story structure is based on a writing principle I discovered years ago. I call it getting a God’s-Eye View of the story. I realized that by writing my outline beats in a normal word processing program it took screen after screen to go through my scenes. So while I was looking at one portion of my story, the rest of the story was out of sight. And as they say, “Out of sight, out of mind”. But when I write I want all of my story in mind. And here’s how I do it...
What time is it? Time for an awesome assortment of consumer products for the hit animated comedy series, Adventure Time with Finn & Jake!
China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has revealed that animation production in the county rose 28% in 2010, reports Variety.
Little Tugboat, a new Canadian production company, has been formed to create original television programming for young audiences.
CITV has commissioned 52 new episodes of Novel Entertainment’s hugely successful, three times BAFTA nominated children’s property Horrid Henry.
Distribution360 today announced it has acquired rights to distribute the Cartoon Network U.K. version of Skatoony to French and German-speaking Europe as well as Spain.
Always unpredictable and full of surprises, actor/comedian Jack Black will take viewers on a wild ride as he returns to host Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards, premiering live on Saturday, April 2, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/Tape delayed for West Coast).
Several of you have asked me for instructions on how to set up Microsoft Word “styles” for script writing. A style is simply a saved bundle of formatting instructions. If you are familiar with screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Screenwriter, you know that what they basically do is make it easier to write scripts by automatically formatting script elements, fonts, paragraphs, etc. If you follow the instructions below you will turn Microsoft Word into a simple but effective screenwriting program.
Canadian children's producer Cookie Jar Ent. has offered up its slate of primetime programming, reports Deadline.com.
Skywriter Media & Entertainment Group and TELETOON Canada inc. have partnered to develop the children’s series, Camp Lakebottom.
Nelvana Enterprises announces new episodes of the hit animated series Max & Ruby, BEYBLADE and Bakugan, along with exciting new licensing opportunities for each property.
Everyone’s favorite animated cat and mouse are back in Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures, a new DVD collection from Warner Home Video (WHV) that features 14 rip-roaring cartoon shorts that will entertain both kids and adults.
Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Sisters and brothers can sometimes bring conflict, but it’s the resolution and positive relationships that make them the best friends in the world. This February, see how your Nickelodeon favorites deal with their siblings with Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Blue’s Clues, Wonder Pets!, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan – all together on one DVD.
JimJam has renewed its carriage deal with Indonesian direct broadcast satellite pay TV company AORA TV Satelit and will be included as part of its most widely distributed subscription package.
It's become apparent that a certain electronics manufacturer once revered for its open and independent approach to technology has become the bland establishment it once rallied against. Motorola is making an effort to add some color to this white-washed world with the debut of their new XOOM tablet, a powerful little machine that is cleverly introduced via Smuggler Director Randy Krallman and Anomaly in a :60 which aired during Sunday's Super Bowl XLV.
Valentine’s Day is Clifford’s favorite holiday – it would be yours, too, if you were a Big Red Dog – so he’s celebrating with a really BIG three-day TV event called “Clifford’s BIG Valentine Celebration.”
Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe, has signed El Ocho as Spanish licensing agent for Chloe’s Closet to help extend the presence of its magical preschool property in Spain.
Here's a tip for professional television and film writers. If you haven't thought of this one yet it will save you time by eliminating the need to write some things twice. But best of all, in just a couple of minutes it will let you see that you've probably already drafted over half of your script. And that will make most any writer feel GREAT! What I do is this: After I've written an outline, and am ready to start the script, I cut and paste the outline directly into my script document. But then I take it one important step further...
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. 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.