Sup guys? I haven't been around here in a long-ass time, but I thought I'd start poking around again since I'm taking a fiction writing class and I have lots of new stuff in the works.
At 9/16/11 08:10 PM, Nae wrote:
There are communal accounts like art101 and animation101 ...maybe there needs to be a writing101 ...and that account could catalog helpful links & threads for writers... and things like 'stories up for grabs' and a list of writers that are available for projects (games, movies, etc).
Yeah, something like that would be cool. I think it would improve the relationship between animators and writers, which could benefit NG a lot. I'm not really in any position to do it myself, but if someone else wants to go for it I'd be more than happy to help out.
At 9/17/11 11:00 AM, Coop wrote:
Personally, I'd say that reading script book is a useful way to go, as the proper ones (I have Father Ted and Blackadder) give stage directions, which can be very useful, both for the actors and for the casual reader, knowing what they should be seeing.
Yep, that's good advice. If anyone wants to learn screenwriting, the best way to do it is to read lots of screenplays. Here's a great resource for that. I'd also recommend getting some kind of script formatting software like Final Draft (what the pros use) or Celtx (what I use, because it's free) to avoid a lot of hassle and make everything neater.
That said, like Nae hinted at, when it comes to animation things can get a little more complicated. A scene that would work perfectly in a live-action film might make no sense when you try to apply it to animation. Cartoons are just totally different in terms of spatial relations and pacing and how action plays out and how dialogue fits in and lots of other things, and it can be hard for someone who isn't an artist to wrap their head around it all works. I guess it ultimately comes down to how well the artist and the writer communicate with each other, and how willing they are to budge on their visions when the other person tells them that something isn't working.
I dunno, I've been thinking about a lot of this shit lately because I'm trying to write a pilot for a cartoon series.
At 9/5/11 02:25 PM, Coop wrote:
Anyone else got a signed book?
Junot Diaz signed my copy of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which is pretty cool I guess.