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.
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.
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.
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 allAttendees 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)
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