How to Come up with Great Story Ideas in Animation
Animation is a growing field and the creative minds seemingly never run out of ways to freshen up the art form. Companies like Spiel Creative help to give innovators a platform to experiment with different styles of animation and that’s great, but what a lot of animators tend to neglect is the story of the animation.
While it’s cool to have nice visuals and a unique art style in animation, the glue that holds it all together is ultimately the plot. If your plot is weak, very few people will remain interested in your project. In this article, we’ll be discussing a few of the common mistakes that animators make when it comes to their stories.
No Plot Direction
You could have a million interesting ideas, but if you mush them all together into a single animation you risk diluting your plot. Even if you just take too much time developing a single idea, it could make people lose interest.
In order to keep people interested in your story, you have to maintain a fast paced and constantly developing plotline. It doesn’t have to be rushed by any means, but the scenes in your animation all have to contribute to an overall developing story. If you have scenes that could be cut without having any impact on the storyline at all, they’re useless. The audience will keep watching to see a story to its conclusion, but if there isn’t any distinct story that is being followed or if you’re dragging out something that could have been condensed into a single scene, they will lose interest.
The Beginning and the Ending are Key
The best way to write a story like this is by first writing the beginning and the ending. These are the two most important parts of your story. Once you have them established, you can fill in the middle with all the scenes that are necessary to bring your characters from the beginning to the ending. By having a clear goal in sight, you’ll be less likely to write anything irrelevant and you’ll waste less time editing out those bits later on. Always make sure you know the ending of your story before you know the middle.
How Animation Style Impacts Story
A lot of emphasis has been put on how important the story is, but this doesn’t mean the animation has no influence at all. In fact, animation can either strengthen or take away from a story. Take for example two movies like The Lion King and The Corpse Bride. Both are animated, but in vastly different styles.
The animation style for the Lion King is one that is appropriate for the light hearted, kid friendly tone of the movie. It’s never jarring or strange, which fits the story and the demographic it’s targeting. Then you get a movie like The Corpse Bride. The claymation and color choices in this movie all contribute to the overall creepy and otherworldly theme that the movie has.