This workshop covers the following topics:
- Writing an animation with the Story-Type Method: Structural tips and advice
- Reaching a family audience: What's the secret?
- How to use story-types and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in an animation
- Developing a Plot-Led Animation
- Case Study: Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen for Pixar/Disney) or Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight for Laika)
- Developing a Character-Led Animation
- Case study: Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud for Universal Pictures / Illumination Entertainment) or My Life as a Courgette/Zucchini (Claude Barras)
- Developing a Theme-Led Animation
- Case study: Tower (Keith Maitland)
- Developing an Animation as a Hybrid or an Exception
- Case studies: Bolt (Chris William and Byron Howard), Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud), Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore), A Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folman)
What's in it for you?
The aim of this 2-day workshop is to equip writers, directors, producers, story editors and development executives with a set of flexible storytelling tools that help develop each animation project as effectively as possible.
The workshop puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience at home and abroad. It also explores the specifics of writing for a family audience.
For example, we'll explain how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs applies to animation, specifically how we can use it to reach a four-quadrant audience. We’ll look at the most important aspects of animation writing, including how to blend a strong emotional journey and an eventful quest or how to combine visual storytelling with humour and gags working at different levels.
From creating riveting set pieces to crafting a satisfying ending, your animation writing skills will greatly improve with a clearer understanding of these tools.
Using clips, examples and detailed case studies from successful animations such as Despicable Me, Song of the Sea, Spirited Away, Zootropolis/Zootopia, Wallace and Grommit, Bolt, My Life as a Courgette/Zucchini, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Tehran Taboo, Toy Story, Cars, Persepolis, Inside Out, A Waltz with Bashir, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Kubo and the Two Strings, Tower and many other productions from major studios and independent companies around the world, we’ll look at the storytelling tools and techniques needed to master this very popular genre.
Please click here to read about the 3-day version of this workshop (with feedback from the participants).
ACE Producers (NL)
Cologne International Film school - Production department (G)
Creative Europe Ireland
Creative Europe Belgium
Ealing Studios (UK)
FAS / Screen Training Ireland
Film I Väst - Svenska Filminstitutet (SE)
FilmLab Norge (NW)
Film Kolevtiv (CZ)
Ideal Audience / Kaleo Films (F)
Jim Henson's Creature Shop (UK)
Media Desk Galway (IR)
Medienboard Berlin Brandebourg (G)
Mitteldeutsche MedienForderung (G)
NEM Zagreb (CR)
Pipedream Pictures (UK)
Screen Skills Ireland
Screen West Midlands (UK)
Swedish Film Institute (SE)
UK Film Council - Development Fund (UK)
Zephyr Films (UK)