In order for a full animation production to be created and developed, animators must first produce what is known in the industry as an animatic. An animatic is simply, the filmed sequence of the preliminary storyboard, aligned with the finished and cleaned up audio production. The animatic production allows animators to know exactly how long each scene or sequence will be, as audio defines timing in animation. A finished audio production at this stage is crucial as audio is half of the production, and provides the backbone to the film. The production of the animatic can be used for pitching ideas, presentations, and for initial critiquing of story and character concepts. This lesson will cover the essentials of assembling an animatic and will presume that a script and preliminary storyboard will have been developed in advance.