Camera Angles — Animation

Writing for animation is so much different than writing for comedy or drama for TV.

How so?

You need to add the camera angles, something that when writing a regular spec script professionals will tell you to avoid. And for good reasons too.

As many of my blog readers know, I love animation. I Do! And with determination and a hint of aiming-for-the-impossible I hope to one day write for animation as a living.

But first I must learn the way. The lingo. The format.

And I decided to share the most used camera angles I have found on screenplays; becoming familiar with them will definitely help you get ahead. The more you notice them as you watch TV or as you read a script, will help you add them to your own spec script. And the less of a newbie you will seem–that’s always a plus!

PUSH IN

CAMERA PANS UP

BACK INSIDE

CLOSER ANGLE ON

WIDER ON

FAVORING

BACK ON

CHARACTER (focuses on said character you are writing about)

WIDER ANGLE

CLOSER ON

DOWN ANGLE ON

ON (such and such character)

FULL ON

CLOSE ON

INSIDE THE

ANGLE ON

WIDER TO INCLUDE

ANOTHER ANGLE

IN THE

BACK OUTSIDE

UNDER THE

HIGHER UP THE

CHARACTER’S POV:

If you know of others please let me know so I can add them :). We toon writers (as I like to call us) need to stick together!

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2 thoughts on “Camera Angles — Animation

  1. Hi there, thanks for following my blog!
    While I don’t work in animation and don’t have any formal training, as an amateur comic writer I find myself subconsciously using a lot of this lingo as well. Good to know a lot of it isn’t just in my head! Perhaps I should expand my set of angles by trying out more of these phrases I don’t use as much.

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