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Writing For Children's TV

At a Glance

  • Know the unique features of writing for children's tv
  • Learn the shot breakdown required to write animated scenes
  • Learn how to use daytime television to write more effectively

This foundational course starts with the basic ABCs of writing for daytime animation. From Animaniacs, to Batman, to Cars Toons—and beyond, Daytime Animation paints a landscape of unique worlds with unique rules. How is writing for daytime cartoons traditionally different than writing for live-action, primetime animation, or an animated feature? What can carton mice like Pinky and the Brain do that even Superman can’t? Why can the Animaniacs climb all over Bill Clinton, but Batman can’t get near him? Why can you create scores of new characters for some animated shows, but maybe not for one animated by Pixar? What’s the difference between a great story idea and a great story idea that will work for a specific show? —First steps into that Bat (fat cat, cartoon rat, run-off-a-cliff-tread-air-and-KERSPLAT) Cave starts here. 

Through online lectures, animation watching, written assignments, and optional exercises, this course supplies a cartoon-writing utility belt of understanding how to write for Daytime Animation programming.


In this online writing course you will learn:
  • Foundational distinctions key to writing daytime animation
  • Shot breakdown techniques required for the medium
  • How to create story springboards and expanding them
  • How to decode existing shows to write for them effectively
  • An introduction to daytime animation scene writing

Course Outline

Session One: The Foundational Foundation

  • Introduction to Daytime Animation.
  • Script formatting differences.
  • Special animation writing terms.
  • Shot language and effective shot construction basics.


Session Two: Decoding The Animation Show. (Decoder Ring optional)

  • Time to play detective: why decoding an animation show is key.
  • The power of research.
  • Understanding genre, style, logic and production differences.
  • Sleuthing out a show's core truths to better write for it.


Session Three: Springing Springboards. Outlining outlines.

  • Research the pitch. Decoding the preexisting stories.
  • The Story Editor - what will catch their attention?
  • What makes an idea funny? Whats makes an idea dramatic?
  • Expanding the pitch to a premise paragraph.
  • The basics of story structure.


Session Four: Go Ahead, Make a Scene.

  • Putting it all together.
  • Logic. Pacing. Tone.
  • What makes a scene work?
  • Character conflicts. Exposition.

Product Details

  • Date available: 02/20/2015
  • Publication date: 02/20/2015
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

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