There are some words used in Animate Your Drawings that might be new to your kids. We define them in each video, but here’s a list of them so that you can more easily participate in conversations with your kid about what they’re learning.

Animatic: A simplified animation that’s created from storyboard sketches that are edited together with the scratch record dialogue and music. It’s used to refine story, script, and timing.

A to Z: A brainstorming technique that helps develop story concepts by filling out ideas starting with every letter of the alphabet.

Foley: The production of ambient sounds and sound effects for an animation or movie.

Key Frames: Drawings that define the beginning and ending points of the animated movement, so that half, quarter, and eighth positions in between can all be drawn in that order, resulting in a smooth sequence.

“Killing Your Darlings”: A renowned phrase in writing that refers to cutting out your most self-indulgent or favorite parts of a story when those parts are unnecessary and/or don’t best serve the story arc and readers.

Pitching: A synopsis of your story idea that can be verbally communicated to networks who may be interested in developing it for television. Pitches include a concept summary, characters, the world, and potential episode ideas.

Outline: Three acts written to summarize the story arc, or what happens in the story. Act one sets it up. Act two is the conflict or climax of the story. Act three is the resolution and ending.

Rough Treatment: A written description of your story concept. It includes inspirations, themes, related visuals, and the initial concept goals.

Scratch Record: An informal recording of the animation’s scripted dialogue.

Spider Diagram: A brainstorming technique that connects associated words and ideas.

Storyboard: A page with a series of rectangles. The animator draws key scenes within the rectangles to begin visualizing the story outline. Dialogue and action notes are written in lines below each scene.

Turnaround Sheet: A guide drawing of each character in a variety of positions and expressions.

Voice Record: A final recording of all dialogue.

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