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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (8 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581156618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581156614
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Miss P on 11 July 2014
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Very informative and very fast delivery!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Animation Development - good insight into how to approach 17 Oct. 2009
By Jonathan Politi - Published on Amazon.com
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David Levy gives a glimpse into what it takes to be successful in animation production, with an entertaining and engaging approach. He shares stories from his career, using his own personal experiences in pitching animation projects, as well as the experiences from fellow animators who have succeeded and failed in the market. There are some great nuggets of advice that he buries in the text and although it's entertaining I wouldn't treat it as a light read if you want to pull the information. His points on how all creators are not created equally resonates through the book - there are some animators who are able to make opportunities based on their connections, their portfolio, their experience and track record. Who you know and who you are matters. If I were to share one criticism with the author, I would tell him to do more "show and tell" - add even more relevant examples of materials like the pitch bibles so that the playing field will be more level and the readers can see more of what works. Overall, I enjoyed the book and the author's approach - a good behind the scenes look at the process.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Just what I needed! 18 Sept. 2009
By G. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thanks to David's book we aspiring cartoon creators no longer need to resort to repeated 2x4-to-noggin therapy for relief, or spending days on end surfing the net getting advice from who knows who...or even what. I've struggled for some time fearful of spinning my wheels and burning through money because I couldn't find good answers dedicated to the topic of pitching ideas for production. Got the book 2 days ago and burned through it. Would have been done sooner but I have a production day job that pays the bills. A good limitation to have always! So now I'm going to grab my projects and go over 'em with David's book in hand. WHERE'S MY TRUSTY HI-LITER!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So helpful 10 April 2013
By Kevin A. Connell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was very helpful. I had a list of questions I needed answered about this subject and it seemed like every new chapter I got to checked another one off my list. I'd read the chapter heading and cheer that it would focus on another important aspect of the process. The author writes like he's your friend preparing you for this important stage in your career. I really hope that I can put the production part of the book into action -- so far it's just the pitch! Great work.
Interesting Information form an Industry Insider 2 April 2013
By justin hawn - Published on Amazon.com
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If you ever wondered how a cartoon goes from a thought in one's head to lighting up the small screen, this is the book to read. It's partially a step-by-step process on how to get an option on a cartoon, and it's partially a memoire of the author's own experiences. David B. Levy (a veteran of television animation) uses real world examples to prove his points and his do's and dont's in developing animation. The volume even covers the legal mumbo-jumbo that all budding artists should at least be aware of. There are no stones left unturned in the wake of this book. If you are looking towards a career in animation development and want a simple, digestible, and a no-sugar-coated real-talk starting point, this is the place to start.
Read this Book Before Pitching Your Story: you won't regret it. 1 Dec. 2014
By Neko Nine - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book and reading it gave me the preparation and confidence I needed to enter and win a Pitching Contest. Most of it is common sense, but the book is laid out clearly and and you can apply its suggestions to your pitch immediately. There are plenty of example of pitches in here that later became household names; you see right away why something worked and why it may be worth trying for your own Pitch. This isn't a one-all reference, there are very good videos and podcasts on this subject that should also be included in a writer's/artist's preparation, but this book was extremely helpful in filling the holes. This book is worth much more than its price.
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