Creating Character Bringing Your Story to Life

Maybe he'll finally tie the knot with Christina or make amends with his mother...
and so forth. So with a series character, the publishers get the best of both worlds
. Each book remains self-contained, so they avoid the problem of readers feeling

Author: William Bernhardt

Publisher: Babylon Books

ISBN: 9780997901085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

View: 896


All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This book explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. Using examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the art of character creation in a direct and easily comprehended manner. The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own work. William Bernhardt is the author of more than fifty novels, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published by major houses. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

Maya Character Creation

Most people who consider a career working in digital 3D production usually first
want to be animators, because that is the glamorous position associated with
creating character animations.They do not often consider the many other career ...

Author: Chris Maraffi

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0132798239

Category: Computers

Page: 384

View: 521


A unique, in-depth approach to creating realistic characters in Maya. Maya Character Creation: Modeling and Animation Controls' author, Chris Maraffi, has expertise in the field and in the classroom that translates to the knowledge and solid teaching skills needed to make this book a "must-have"! The current trend in computer graphics is greater organic realism. Many of the top-grossing movies today, such as Spiderman, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park 3 , and Star Wars Episode 2, all feature realistic 3D characters. There is a major need in the 3D community for educational material that demonstrates detailed techniques for achieving this organic reality. Maya is one of the main packages used on such cutting-edge films, and has an established toolset for creating believable 3D characters. Maya Character Creation: Modeling and Animation Controls is designed to take you through the process of designing, modeling, and setting up animation controls for complex 3D characters. The concepts, techniques, and Maya tools used for each step in the process are presented in each chapter, followed by many hands-on exercises. NURBS, polygon, and subdivision surface modeling techniques are shown for creating the character's skin, and skeleton-based animation controls are covered in detail. You will learn how a character's skin should deform when the skeletal joints and muscles move. Advanced MEL scripted animation controls are also covered extensively.

Creating the Character

GETTING TO KNOW THEM A Some lthough some authors simply sit down and
begin to write , letting their characters take shape as they go , others feel that the
key to creating memorable characters is knowing them inside out before they put

Author: Valerie Bodden

Publisher: The Creative Company

ISBN: 1583416226

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 983


Explains the importance of developing both major and minor characters and creating natural-sounding dialogue.

Creating Characters

THREEZLABELS, LABELS Why do you label a character? Your reader needs
some clue or two to help him recognize each of your story people. F U FLE HIN
OUT How do you make a character real? You proyide him or her with appropriate

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806183855

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 177


A jargon-free manual on the basics of developing interesting fictional characters Vibrant, believable characters help drive a fictional story. Along with a clever plot, well-drawn characters make us want to continue reading a novel or finish watching a movie. In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain shows how writers can invent interesting characters and improve them so that they move a story along. “The core of character,” he says in chapter 1, “lies in each individual story person’s ability to care about something; to feel implicitly or explicitly, that something is important.” Building on that foundation—the capacity to care—Swain takes the would-be writer step-by-step through the fundamentals of finding and developing “characters who turn you on.” This basic but thought-provoking how-to is a valuable tool for both the novice and the seasoned writer.

Creating the Character Costume

Figure 2.1 A Simplicity knock-off pattern of character costumes from the motion
picture The Hobbit. accommodate as broad a ... While working towards building a
costume re-creation of the title character from the hit TV series Xena: Warrior ...

Author: Cheralyn Lambeth

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317597964

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 388


Many beginning and hobbyist costumers believe that professional costume/prop builders have unlimited and specialized resources with which to ply their craft. Actually, the pros create things in much the same way that hobbyists do, working as resourcefully and creatively as possible with a limited budget. Creating the Character Costume dives into these methods to showcase how to achieve expert looks with limited means and lots of creativity. Part One explores tools, materials, and construction methods.

The Actor s Guide to Creating a Character

In other words, work backward from the script and try to understand what the
character is doing and why the character is doing it. “As the actor begins to
understand his character more deeply, he becomes empathetic to the character's

Author: William Esper

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780345805690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 895


William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character. Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper’s training builds on Sanford Meisner’s legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

Developing Character and Creating Characters

I could only equate this situation to Noah building his Ark. Stories about the
characters who lived in our town and countryside are numerous. Hank with his
team of horses and wagon would make deliveries of freight around town. Kids
would ...

Author: Loraine Dennis Trollope

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781426994920

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 777


Every person has a story to tell. These simple stories are about life in Eastern Montana from the late 1930's through the 1960's and the incidents common to those who endured the hardships and challenges of that sometimes-austere environment.

Creating Unforgettable Characters

A Practical Guide to Character Development in Films, TV Series, Advertisements,
Novels & Short Stories Linda Seger. Superman ... James Dearden, who wrote a
movie script for this story, confronted how to make this character mythic. "In the ...

Author: Linda Seger

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429942027

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 931


In this book, Linda Seger shows how to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction, covering everything from research to character block. Interviews with today's top writers complete this essential volume.

Creating Convincing Characters

Well, that's a dance through some of the aspects of character creation. Thank you
forreading this far, orshame onyoufor skippingto the back pages. Here'sa good
place to reiterate that there is no formula for character creation, nor isthere one ...

Author: Nicholas Corder

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781782791638

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 191

View: 709


This book answers the question, "How do we go about inventing great characters that our readers will care about, root for, love, hate or fear?" Using friendly, accessible language, we'll look at why great characters are vital to writers and a range of strategies from the simple listing of attributes to more complex ideas for creating fully realised, multidimensional characters with fascinating backstories.

Creating Manga Characters

CREATING. EXPRESSION. Now you know how to draw the character's face and
body, the next step is to make it animated and expressive. Your character's facial
expressions, poses and gestures areanimportant part ofnarration; they can ...

Author: Sweatdrop Studios

Publisher: Crowood

ISBN: 9781847974488

Category: Design

Page: 144

View: 603


Manga is an emotive and expressive form of storytelling that has become popular worldwide; vivid and fascinating characters make a large contribution to its appeal. Characters are an essential component of a good story, crucial to the plot and vital for engaging the reader's interest and emotions. They are also enormous fun to imagine and to draw, but it is not always easy to fit your characters, your world and your plot together to create a seamless, convincing whole. Written and illustrated by five artists from Sweatdrop Studios, this book starts with drawing in the manga style before going on to describe the process of character creation and how your character could express their personality and emotions. Five original characters help to explain every topic, including character traits, from personalities and typical roles all the way down to the individual details important to make your character unique. The book also looks at the creation of side characters to complement your main character, and world-building. Packed with tips, it describes how to make your world realistic and intriguing, no matter how fantastical or everyday its basis.

Modeling texturing

If you're an animator who doesn't enjoy character creation because all you want
to do is animate, this series teaches you the fastest and easiest ways to create
characters so you spend less time fighting with the character and more time ...

Author: Jonny Gorden

Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781556222535

Category: Computers

Page: 471

View: 384


Provides information and techniques on computer animation using LightWave 3D to create cartoon characters.

Lightwave 3D 8 Cartoon Character Creation

The benefit of modular morphs is that you only need a few morphs to create
hundreds of different expressions by mixing them in different ways and in
different amounts. The facial animation of your character will be more fluid the
fewer morphs ...

Author: Jonny Gorden

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 9781556222542

Category: Computers

Page: 417

View: 843


Provides information and techniques on computer animation using LightWave 3D to create cartoon characters.

Prepare to Board Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts

Character lineups are drawn before the beat boards are created to show the
main characters' scale to each other and to important props. These lineups will
usually not contain final designs—only'placeholders'—and no cleanups are
required ...

Author: Nancy Beiman

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136142536

Category: Art

Page: 345

View: 322


Successful storyboards and poignant characters have the power to make elusive thoughts and emotions tangible for audiences. Packed with illustrations that illuminate and a text that entertains and informs, Prepare to Board , 2nd edition presents the methods and techniques of animation master, Nancy Beiman, with a focus on pre-production, story development and character design. As one of the only storyboard titles on the market that explores the intersection of creative character design and storyboard development, the second edition of Prepare to Board is an invaluable resource for beginner and intermediate artists. Animators and artists will be able to spot potential problems before they cost time and money. Learn how the animation storyboard differs from live action boards and how characters must be developed simultaneously with the story. Positive and negative examples of storyboard and character design are presented and analyzed to demonstrate successful problem-solving techniques, applicable to a variety of animation projects. Featuring in-depth interviews with leading animators and storyboard artists, artists and animators alike can adapt professional workflows, techniques and problem solving solutions and add them to their own creative toolkit. Of course, no book about storyboarding would be complete without a rundown of the basic concepts of cinematic storytelling: camera angles, lenses, and composition. Artwork from an international array of students and professionals supplement the author's own illustrations. New to this edition will be a fully developed companion website featuring video tutorials highlighting the creation of animatics, good and bad pitching techniques along with updated images and even more content driven techniques.

View Dependent Character Animation

The view space (see Section 2.2) captures all the information necessary to
generate a view-dependent animation. This view space ... We first look at the
various attempts made toward creating character models from a sketch. 3.1.1
Creating ...

Author: Parag Chaudhuri

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781846285912

Category: Computers

Page: 133

View: 686


Creating moving camera character animations in 3D is a multi-faceted computer graphics and computer vision problem that requires a formal representation of the moving camera, and efficient algorithms to help author manage and render the multitude of character poses required for the animation. This well-researched book introduces view-dependent character animation, covering all the relevant background work. Numerous example animations are offered to explain and illustrate this versatile technique.

ZBrush Character Creation

By pulling the head back and pushing the chest forward, you are automatically
creating a larger distance between the front and back of the arm. This allows our
hero character tohave wider shoulders and largerthanlife upper arms.It'sthe setup

Author: Scott Spencer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118037065

Category: Computers

Page: 400

View: 739


Creating Characters with Personality

From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob SquarePants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken.

Author: Tom Bancroft

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 9780399578731

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 893


From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob SquarePants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken. Designing Characters with Personality shows artists how to create a distinctive character, then place that character in context within a script, establish hierarchy, and maximize the impact of pose and expression. Practical exercises help readers put everything together to make their new characters sparkle. Lessons from the author, who designed the dragon Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy) in Disney's Mulan—plus big-name experts in film, TV, video games, and graphic novels—make a complex subject accessible to every artist.

Creating Writers

For me, playing aboutwith the proportionsof good andevilis the funpart when
creating a character.Inever start astory until IfeelI know a characterreally well. The
characters are all important. As Malorie Blackman says, doing acharacter ...

Author: James Carter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134605118

Category: Education

Page: 288

View: 468


This unique and comprehensive text offers an original approach to teaching creative writing by exploring ideas, giving advice, and explaining workshop activities and has many contributors from some of today's most popular children's authors including: Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and David Almond. Creating Writers is a practical writing manual for teachers to use with upper primary and lower secondary level pupils that covers poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Creating Character Emotions

In this unique book, Ann Hood will help you find fresh, creative images, words and gestures to evoke feelings in your fiction.

Author: Ann Hood

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: 1884910335

Category: Reference

Page: 176

View: 501


In this unique book, Ann Hood will help you find fresh, creative images, words and gestures to evoke feelings in your fiction. In 36 "mini-lessons," Hood sheds new light on love, hate, fear, grief, guilt, hope, jealousy and other major emotions. Each lesson offers instruction on rendering that particular sentiment; "good" and "bad" examples illustrating how writers have succeeded and where others have gone wrong; and imaginative exercises for putting the feeling into words.

Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short

A strong main character helps the viewers relate to the story as they identify with
the character and how he reacts to the various ... 0090 CHARACTER PROFILE It
can be very useful to create a character profile for your key characters. This can ...

Author: Michael Scaramozzino

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763782641

Category: Computers

Page: 535

View: 557


Computer Graphics & Graphics Applications