An identity bible is the heart and soul of a cartoon series. With no proper character bible you cannot even get started on speaking with anyone about your concept. I have seen many character bibles from producers all over the world in the past few years seeking co-production collaborations. I’ve seen really good ones and absolutely dreadful ones. Having received several questions asked regarding what switches into an identity bible, I’ve written this entry to provide some insight on this topic. Here are the many ingredients which should constitute a good character bible.
It is absolutely important to have a synopsis in your character bible. This is the foundation that you build your complete story upon and it should be concise, although not verbose enough such so it can’t be read or explained in 3 minutes or less. Try to produce this a one-pager if possible. The shorter you possibly can make this and still keep it interesting, the better.
Range from the designs of the most important characters in your character bible. Make sure you spend lots of time to produce them look good and ensure they do justice to your concept oppai mousepad. An identity bible should become more visual than wordy, showcasing the type designs to its fullest – with various poses and expressions of the main characters. Props – if any – must also be showcased. They’re essential to show the potential of the characters should they become animated or licensed for various reasons. People reading the type bible need to manage to have the characters for who they are and get a notion of the show through these character designs.
Ideally text descriptions of the characters shouldn’t be verbose, because very few people would really go through all that text. The type descriptions should outline only the most important characteristics of the characters to help keep things short and quick to read. The visuals should pre-sell, and the text do the selling.
It will be good to showcase certain key locations and provide illustrations or storyboards of how the entire world of the property looks like.
Fundamentally, it will be good to leave as little guess-work to the perspective partners as you can, so your brand identity and values of the property isn’t compromised.
Lastly – for a property that is being primed for animation – you may want to add something called an’episodic synopsis’- which outlines the stories which could happen within an animated series. They’re usually done by a’script doctor’- who can also help you in refurbishing the whole story background and character descriptions.