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Hi everybody,

Following is a note and press release from Co-op member Jean Ann Wright on her new book, "Animation Writing and Development", currently available for pre-orders on Amazon:

Kevin & Moon
The Animation Co-op


Hi Kevin and Moon,

I wanted to let you and the rest of the group know about my new book Animation Writing and Development due out in February from Focal Press. It's already available for pre-orders on at an introductory sale price.

I started at Hanna-Barbera through a company training program that covered all aspects of animation, and I continued to take classes during the eight years that I worked there. I was taught animation writing and development (and storyboard) by the H-B staff during the classic years of the 80s. I continued to learn writing from many Hollywood gurus, and I still attend a group called Storyboard that analyzes top movie scripts as they are about to be released. My earlier background was in dancing, acting, and a little directing. Hope the book is a help to some of the co-op members! The publisher's press release follows.

Animation Writing and Development:

From Script Development to Pitch

By: Jean Ann Wright

Former animator for Hanna-Barbera

(The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo)

Steering Committee member for Women In Animation

Judge for Hollywood's Annie Awards, Emmy Awards, and Writers Guild Animation Awards.

The art. The craft. The business. Animation Writing and Development takes students and animation professionals alike through the process of creating original characters, developing a television series, feature, or multimedia project, and writing professional premises, outlines and scripts. It covers the process of developing presentation bibles and pitching original projects as well as ideas for episodes of shows already on the air.

Animation Writing and Development includes chapters on animation history, on child development (writing for kids), and on storyboarding. It gives advice on marketing and finding work in the industry. It provides exercises for students as well as checklists for professionals polishing their craft. This is a guide to becoming a good writer as well as a successful one. Here is a partial table of contents….

1. Introduction to Animation

2. Animation History

3. Getting Ideas

4. Child Development

5. Developing Characters

6. Animation Development and the Bible

7. The Premise

8. General Animation Structure and Sub Plots

9. The Outline

10. Storyboard for Writers

11. The Scene

12. Gags and Comedy Writing

13. Dialogue

14. The Script

15. The Feature

16. Genres and Other Media

17. Editing and Rewriting

18. Marketing

19. The Pitch

20. Agents, Networking and Finding Work

21. Children's Media

ISBN: 0240805496

PUB DATE: late January 2005

LIST PRICE: $27.95

FORMAT: Paperback

PAGES: c. 360

For more information about this title and others at Focal Press (, please contact: Sheri Dean Allen (919) 862-0673;

Best wishes,


(Member of The Animation Co-op)

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[I]Kevin Geiger Director & Co-founder The Animation Co-op[/I]

[I]Kevin Geiger
Director & Co-founder
The Animation Co-op[/I]

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