Animatic Production



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.

Lesson Time

Anticipatory Set
15 - 30 Minutes
Enlarging Storyboards
10 - 30 Days
Audio Production Demo/Guided Practice
2 Class Periods
Audio Production Independent Practice
5 Class Periods
Video Production/Animatic Assembly
7 - 10 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to enlarge storyboards (hand drawn or digitally in black and white or color).
  • Students will be able to find, record, edit, and produce audio production portion of an animatic/animation.
  • Students will be able to assemble, edit, and synchronize enlarged storyboard images with audio production in a movie time line.
  • Students will be able to render/export media into a stand alone file format (.mov/.m4v/.wmv/.avi)

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