Screenwriter Chris Butler got his start in Hollywood by drawing storyboards. Wait a second that means no dialog, right? How does a storyboard artist get good at writing if he never has to spew out dialog?
He concentrates on character and not all the chatter, says Butler about the process. Although, the writer/director for the new zombie kids movie, ParaNorman, admits he loves writing dialog too, he says it was all those moments putting pencil to paper as an animator that helped him learn how to construct a good story.
“I’ve worked in storyboarding on animated movies for all my career, actually,” Butler tells ScreenwritingU in a one-on-one interview. Butler’s animation credits include Coraline, Corpse Bride and Tarzan II, to name a few.