I have some planning done for an animated series. I would like to be able to show these works (character designs, background art, storyboard, and script) in order to attract more people to work on it. However since it is as far along as it is, I worry that it is a good target for someone who would want to steal the idea. I would like to copyright, but I do not have a lot of money.
I found the form VA for copyrighting visual arts works, so that I may copyright the character, concept art, and storyboard. However this form says that copyrighting does not protect ideas, regardless of how the work describes, explains or illustrates.
I have not yet looked over the forms for copyrighting script or animations.
I'm wondering if there is any way other than hiring an expensive lawyer to do this.
How do small production studios copyright their works in progress?