Writing for animation is so much different than writing for comedy or drama for TV.
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!
CAMERA PANS UP
CLOSER ANGLE ON
CHARACTER (focuses on said character you are writing about)
DOWN ANGLE ON
ON (such and such character)
WIDER TO INCLUDE
HIGHER UP THE
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!