Character & Creature Animation Masterclass

Masterclass + Workshop / Video


20th, 21st and 22nd March 2015. Three exciting days of high-level training, designed and held by Matthew Luhn, Pixar Story Supervisor and Valerie LaPointe, Pixar Story Artist, with Attendance Certificate signed by them.

A masterclass suitable for both professionals and students such as: story artists, designers, character designers, animators, storyboard artists, writers, directors and producers. Matthew and Valerie will show their workflow, also used in Pixar, to create success stories and memorable characters through pratical and therorical exercises. They’ll show Storyboarding workflow starting from a script and explaining the requirements needed to work as a Story Artist in industry.

With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Matthew and Valerie has helped develop stories and characters on four Academy Award® and four Golden Globe-winning movies. Their credit include all three Toy Story movies, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, UP, Monsters University, Toy Story of Terror!, The Simpsons and upcoming Pixar features.

The presence of these great artists from the big american studios is a rare event in Europe and you have the amazing chance to meet and learn from them. Definitely an opportunity not to be missed.

 

Day 1: Why and How

Why we tell Stories We will discuss why we use stories to entertain and communicate ideas.

How to Develop Ideas and Stories We will look at the process of creating new ideas and stories.

Three-act Story Structure Discussion on how to develop story structure using the Story Spine and three-act structure.

Visual Storytelling Students will learn how to successfully transfer written ideas into visual beat boards and images.

Character Development Using our own memories and experiences, we will learn how to create new and original characters.

Finding your Character We will discover why all story structure should come from character, and how to create new characters.

Character Arc We will explore how to create successful character arcs for memorable characters.

Heroes and Villains Using classic film characters, we will discuss what is needed in order to make a great hero, villain, and supporting cast.

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Day 2: Deconstruct the elements

TV Sitcoms, Shorts, and Games We will compare and contrast the differences between story structure for film, TV, shorts, and games.

Sequence Storyboarding Using the principles of Storyboarding, we will learn how to brainstorm a sequence, draw up thumbnails, and execute a storyboard sequence.

Composing your Images We will learn how to take characters, ideas and sequence boards to the next level using composition and cinematography.

Elements of Comedy We will explore how to use humor to captivate an audience, along with how to use the seven elements of comedy to create entertaining commercials in order to sell your products.

Gags Gags are a big part of the Story process. We will explore the different types of gags used in Filmmaking, and new techniques that can help you generate your own gag ideas.

Inspiring and Sustaining Creativity Explanation on the four essential steps to building and nurturing a culture that inspires creativity in the workplace.

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The Pixar artists

Matthew Luhn: Matthew Luhn, Pixar Story Supervisor, has been inspiring and teaching directors, writers, storyboard artists, animators, and business professionals on how to create successful stories with memorable characters for over fifteen years. While others simply teach, Matthew also works full-time at Pixar Animation Studios, ensuring his experience is relevant in today’s industry and the knowledge that he imparts is cutting edge. With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Matthew has helped develop stories and characters on four Academy Award® and four Golden Globe-winning movies. His credits include all three Toy Story movies, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, UP, Monsters University, Toy Story of Terror!, and The Simpsons.

Valerie LaPointe: Valerie LaPointe, one of Pixar’s first female Story Artists, has been creating movies, comics, award winning animated shorts, and music videos for over ten years. With a Masters of Animation from USC, Valerie has worked at Pixar Animation Studios since 2007 developing and creating the stories for Presto, Brave, Mater’s Tall Tales, Newt, Partysaurus Rex, Small Fry, and Pixar’s newest film Inside Out. Valerie also worked with the Walt Disney Imagineering team developing the Ratatouille attraction in Paris. Valerie continues to work at Pixar developing new story ideas, while teaching and inspiring students around the world.

 Working with Matthew is a joy. His love of story is contagious, and his ability to generate and capture ideas is a marvel. He’s an inspiring, natural born teacher whose methods are clear and convincing. They’re also transferable across a range of media, from feature films to games to short animations. He inspired me, and he inspired my team. ” Michael Ogden – Creative Director @ Sony Entertainment

A masterclass for all

Attendees of Matthew Luhn’s Story seminars, workshops, and keynotes:

When and Where

Rome, 20/22 March 2015

STORY & CHARACTER MASTERCLASS
* Only date in Europe *

Location in the historic center of Rome:
“Aula magna del Palazzo Sant’Apollinare”
in Navona square / maps
Phone contact: +39 327 7839431 (h10-18)

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Masterclass subscription includes:

Pass, to access both days

Workbook, lectures and notes from Matthew Luhne & Valerie LaPointe

Tshirt designed by Pixar guys to celebrate the event

Certificate of partecipation, signed by Matthew and Valerie

All lessons will be in English

Prize-draw of Pixar goods