Pre-Production Folio

The first part of this major production involves selling your idea by creating an exciting presentation, entitled; The Pre-Production Folio

The purpose of the mini bible is to sell your idea. It should be an effective sales tool to get potential investors (and the teacher) excited about your project. Think of it like a car brochure. Every project varies, but a mini-bible should never be an intimidating document. It should be clear, concise and punchy. Use plenty of coloured images throughout and avoid huge clumps of text.

The following sections should be considered in your formal proposal:

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PART ONE – FRONT COVER

  Always make the cover of your mini bible as eye-catching as possible, and encapsulate the whole style and feel of this project. The title of the project, possibly with a logo, should be clearly shown. Remember that if you are sending this to an investor who receives hundreds of proposals, you want yours to stand out!

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PART TWO – THE CONCEPT

  This information should be limited to a page and should explain the whole idea, including the characters, the conflicts, themes and relationships. You should also include a description of the design style, the tone of comedy or action and crucially, the target audience.

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PART THREE – RESEARCH

  Every time you see something that inspires you for your own short-animation; document it!Take screen captures, photocopy, cut & paste images from those things that give you ideas. Place these in your folio and write about them!

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PART FOUR – PRINCIPLE CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS & DESIGN

  Describe the main characters in this project. Don’t just give physical descriptions but try to describe their personal traits, their characteristics and, very important, their relationships with other characters. This is what really drives a good idea. At this stage, conceptual designs for characters are adequate.

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PART FIVE – THE STORYBOARD

  A storyboard is a visual plan of the whole animation, which charts the action in a sequence of drawings, presenting the story and the style of the film.


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