A character bible is the heart and soul of a cartoon series. Without a proper character bible you can’t even begin on talking to anyone about your concept. I have observed many character bibles from producers all over the world in recent years seeking co-production collaborations. I’ve seen really good ones and absolutely dreadful ones. Having received several questions asked regarding what switches into a figure bible, I’ve written this entry to give some insight on this topic. Here are the various ingredients which should make up a good character bible.
It is absolutely important to really have a synopsis in your character bible. This is actually the foundation that you build your complete story upon and it should be concise, however not verbose enough such that it can’t be read or explained in 3 minutes or less. Try to produce this a one-pager if possible. The shorter you may make this and still keep it interesting, the better.
Range from the designs of the main characters in your character bible. Make sure to spend lots of time to produce them look good and ensure which they do justice to your concept. A character bible should be much more visual than wordy, showcasing the smoothness designs to its fullest – with various poses and expressions of the main characters. Props – if any – also needs to be showcased. They are very important showing the potential of the characters as long as they become animated or licensed for various reasons. People reading the smoothness bible have to have the ability to have the characters for who they’re and get a concept of the show through these character designs.
Ideally text descriptions of the characters should not be verbose, because very few people would really read through all that text. The character descriptions should outline only the main characteristics of the characters to help keep things short and quick to read anime wall scrolls. The visuals should pre-sell, and the text do the selling.
It would be good to showcase certain key locations and also provide illustrations or storyboards of how the entire world of the property looks like.
Fundamentally, it would be good to leave as little guess-work to the perspective partners that you can, so your brand identity and values of the property isn’t compromised.
Lastly – for home that’s being primed for animation – you may want to incorporate something called an’episodic synopsis’- which outlines the stories which could happen within an animated series. They are usually done by way of a’script doctor’- who is able to also help you in refurbishing the entire story background and character descriptions.