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TV ANIMATION WRITING RESOURCES

*If you want to break into TV Animation Writing, this is for you.

**Even if you’re at the very beginning of your writing journey, this is for you, too.





Pay Survey:

How much are assistants, writers, and story editors at various studios making right now? Check out this survey curated by @MadisonBateman

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eTBBWgPTZhEEBsnYDUwjZz_qKnvy6uZvd5gJCpfV49s/edit?usp=sharing

*Please use this as a guide for what to negotiate per studio!



Also refer to the Animation Guild wage surveys for future information on minimums:

https://animationguild.org/contracts-wages/





For those starting on your journey, this is what script format looks like:

(It’s the opening of Toy Story 3!)














INDUSTRY STANDARD FORMAT

Screenwriting format comes easier with the use of software like Final Draft



Cheaper and free options are:

CeltX, Writer Duet (first few scripts free, no computer needed, and great for writing partners!), and here’s a list of more--

https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/free-screenwriting-software/

Also: Highland- https://quoteunquoteapps.com/highland-2/



Note* These books are a great resource to have on your desk when you come up against a sequence you’re unsure how to format or organize:

The Hollywood Standard - Christopher Riley

The Screenwriter’s Bible - David Trottier



WRITING APPS

Highland 2 (Created by screenwriter, John August)







BOOKS TO READ

(Note* Buying books can add up, see if you can borrow from a library or friends!)

How to Write Animation - Jeffrey Scott

Animation Development: From Pitch to Production - David B. Levy

Animation Writing and Development: From Script Development to Pitch - Jean Ann Wright

Art of Dramatic Writing - Lajos Egri

Save the Cat - Blake Snyder

Immediate Fiction - Jerry Clever

The Writer’s Journey - Christopher Vogler

Invisible Ink - Brian McDonald

Your Screenplay Sucks! - William Akers

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting - Syd Field

Write to TV - Martie Cook

STORY - Robert McKee

Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story - John Yorke

Elephant Bucks - Sheldon Bull

Eight Characters of Comedy - Scott Sedita

Coffee Break Screenwriter - Pilar Alessandra

The TV Writer’s Workbook - Ellen Sandler

The Comic Toolbox - John Vorhaus

The Hollywood Standard - Christopher Riley

The Screenwriter’s Bible - David Trottier

"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell ( "The Stickiness Factor" chapter 3)

Gardner's Guide to Writing and Producing Animation - by Shannon Muir- https://www.amazon.com/Shannon-Muir/e/B004G28H0I/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1



CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT READS

Queen Bees and Wannabes - Rosalind Wiseman

Masterminds and Wingmen - Rosalind Wiseman

Preschool Clues - Angela C. Santomero

Radical Kindness - Angela C. Santomero



READ MORE ANIMATION SCRIPTS

https://www.simplyscripts.com/genre/animation-scripts.html

https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/us-animation?authuser=0

https://screencraft.org/2019/08/12/21-series-bibles-that-every-tv-screenwriter-should-read/

https://www.shorescripts.com/tv-series-bibles/





Courtesy of Dan Milano and the Glitch Tech’s crew:

1st and Locked Draft Sample: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HQs8Rly2iaqgr-L6qDFOFRRp--OGGcQe

Internal Guide for Writing on Glitch Techs: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bhg7trrjtN352nbYglPUoEydjA-662Rz/view

More resources:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1W1b64wa2cztp0ymgqAsDN1d0cs2H4zI-?usp=sharing





PITCHING AND SERIES DEVELOPMENT

Read and learn existing show bibles - https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/tv-show-bible-examples/

Bravest Warriors Pitch Bible-

https://www.scribd.com/document/118981476/Bravest-Warriors-Pitch-Bible



PODCASTS

ScriptNotes - https://johnaugust.com/scriptnotes (ultimate writing for Hollywood podcast)

The Writers Panel - https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/podcasts/the-writers-panel/

Good One (about writing comedy and jokes/bits) - https://www.vulture.com/news/good-one-podcast/

Paper Team - http://www.paperteam.co/





(Note* The next podcasts have interviews of a variety of animation professionals, including writers!)



The Animated Journey - https://www.theanimatedjourney.com

Black n’ Animated - https://blacknanimated.podbean.com

The Animation Network Podcast - http://www.theanimationnetwork.org

Ink and Paint Girls - https://inkandpaintgirls.podbean.com

Basic Brainheart - https://soundcloud.com/user-625579819

Paper Wings - https://chrisoatley.com/all-podcasts/visual-storytelling-podcast/

Nickelodeon Animation Podcast - https://www.nickanimation.com/podcasts

Austin Film Festival At Home Series - https://austinfilmfestival.com/blog/news/aff-at-home/





INTERVIEWS WITH ANIMATION WRITERS

*writer/creator Emily Brundige - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/cassie-soliday/ink-and-paint-girls/e/68737790



*writer Jeff Trammel - https://blacknanimated.podbean.com/e/09-jeff-trammell-writer-black-n-animated-podcast/



*creator of We Bare Bears Daniel Chong - http://www.theanimatedjourney.com/2016/07/05/ep-020-daniel-chong-creator-and-executive-producer-of-we-bare-bears/



*writer Mercedes Valle - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/cassie-soliday/ink-and-paint-girls/e/51653262



*writer/voice actor Haley Mancini - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/cassie-soliday/ink-and-paint-girls/e/50293244



*writer Mia Resella - http://www.theanimatedjourney.com/2017/10/11/ep-055-mia-resella-writer-in-the-nickelodeon-writing-program/



*writer Laura Sreebny - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/35-writer-laura-sreebny-seizing-opportunities-for-creative/id1200561920?i=1000397499937



*writer Taneka Stotts -

https://blacknanimated.podbean.com/e/34-taneka-stotts-tv-and-comics-writer/





YOUTUBE CHANNELS

Film Courage - https://www.youtube.com/user/filmcourage

Lessons from the Screenplay - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCErSSa3CaP_GJxmFpdjG9Jw





ARTICLES

* Dan Harmon’s Story Structure 104: The Juicy Details: https://channel101.fandom.com/wiki/Story_Structure_104:_The_Juicy_Details

* From Jean Ann Wright at AWN.com: https://www.awn.com/users/jean-ann-wright

* “The Difference Between Live-Action and Animation Writing” - https://www.awn.com/blog/difference-between-live-action-and-animation-writing

* Khan Academy/Disney Imagineering and Pixar in a Box - https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-boxhttps://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar

* From Lee Jessup about writing as a team - https://leejessup.com/not-so-fast-consider-these-5-things-when-contemplating-a-writing-partnership/



FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

Universal Animation Writers Program - https://www.universaltalentdevelopment.com/universal-animation-writers



Nickelodeon Animation Writers Fellowship (Be sure to study the Accepted Shows list carefully) - https://www.nickanimation.com/writing-program



Walt Disney Television Writing Program - https://www.facebook.com/notes/walt-disney-television-creative-talent-development-inclusion-ctdi/application-instructions-2021-walt-disney-television-writing-program/3113764225309497/?fref=gs&dti=788811517875844&hc_location=group



Warner Bros Writers’ Workshop - https://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com/writers-workshop/



National Hispanic Media Coalition TV Writers Program - http://www.nhmc.org/writersprogram



NBC Writers on the Verge

http://www.nbcunitips.com/writers-on-the-verge/



HBO Access Project

https://www.hbo.com/hboaccess/writing/



Sundance Episodic Lab

http://www.sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytelling



Women in Film Blacklist Writers Program

https://womeninfilm.org/2019-wif-black-list-writing-labs/



PGA Power of Diversity Workshop

https://www.producersguild.org/page/pga_diversity



Bodies of Work - Using art to illuminate the disability experience

https://ahs.uic.edu/disability-human-development/community-partners/bodies-of-work/











GROUPS (Note* Sometimes host networking events or Q&A events)

WIA (Women in Animation) - https://womeninanimation.org



Black n’ Animated (yes, the podcast has a community!) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/220490582031991/



LatinXinAnimation - https://latinxinanimation.org/



WGA-W Animation Writers Caucus Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/pg/WGA-Animation-Writers-Caucus-105893969503316/posts/



Children’s Media Association - https://www.childrensmediaassociation.org



The Creators Society - https://thecreatorssociety.org



ASIFA - https://www.asifa-hollywood.org



Chicks with Scripts

http://chickswithscripts.org



WGA Writers with Disabilities Committee

https://www.wga.org/members/membership-information/committees/writers-with-disabilities

*In the past, they have also partnered with The Black List, Easterseals, and Media Access Awards to create The Disability List:

https://blog.blcklst.com/the-disability-list-406853001f09





WRITING IS WRITING RESOURCES

(Because practical advice for live action stories is also applicable for good storytelling in animation)



Writers Guild Foundation - https://www.wgfoundation.org/search?q=zoom





























PRO TIPS AND ADVICE



***Emily Brundige, writer and show creator @emilybrundige, developed Harvey Street Kids and created Pubertina ---

My advice is to remember that animation is a very visual medium, and your scripts should take advantage of that. For example, in the first Pubertina short I wrote, when Pubes sees her crush, her heart pops out of her chest and becomes a character who sings. A mistake I’ve heard live action writers make over and over again is that their scripts are too talky, and they have long scenes where characters are just talking heads, without any action or visual treats to keep things moving.



Another mistake people make is overcomplicating their stories. I

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Published 02/07/2020, 23:52:55

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