Communications 1 - express yourself with clarity and creativity      

 1. Orientation  

Animation Camp / Orientation Week

2. Intro to Course (CLO-3) 

The storyteller in all of us     - Zach's Vines     Zach's Best of 2015

Intro video - The story

Inside Pixar - all about stories

TEDx The power of Storytelling

The Storytelling Animal

2a. Who Are You? Assignment 5%

In 1 - 2 paragraphs tell me your story of how you got to this point of joining the Animation program at Loyalist College. **Can be fictitious &/or embellished!**   Print and hand in next class.

3. Animation Story Process (CLO-3)

Cartoon Network Story Process

3a. "Cartoon Network - Adventure Time" Assignment 5%

Based on the images handed out build story from panel to panel.  

Blank Panels


4. Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling (CLO-3)  

  The Future of Storytelling

  Pixar 22 Rules of Storytelling

  Pixar 22 rules of Storytelling Analysis  

5. Pixar Storytellling Process Review (CLO-3) 

5a. Pixar Story Process Group assignment ( do 3 stories) - 5%

Pixar Story Process

Invent a protagonist and write a story spine using these 8 cues to move story along.

1 - Once there was a .... the protagonist (hero with a goal) - about character usually
      (farmboy who wanted to be a starfighter pilot)
2 - Everyday he (she).... (he helped out on the farm)
3 - Until one day .... (his family was killed)
4 - Because of that .... (he joins Obiwan) never substitute with "and then ... and then..."
5 - Because of that ....
6 - Because of that .... (the Crisis)
7 - Until finally/one day .... Luke becomes a Starfighter pilot and saves the day(climax) just before is the Crisis
8 - Ever since then .... he has been on a path to become a Jedi knight

Based on #4 in the 22 Rules.

It needs more depth to be a guide for narrative drama. With this in mind, another way to rephrase the story spine would be to say that a story has:
• A setup that introduces the characters and the world.
• Action in the normal, status quo world that establishes the baseline of the characters’ prior lives.
• An inciting incident that disrupts the status quo and poses the thematic question in the form of a decision the protagonist must make.
• A series of escalating events, triggered by the decision the protagonist makes in each preceding event, that build into a climax.
• A climax, and resolution.

More simply:
• Introduce the protagonist and his/ her world.
• Present the protagonist with a critical, world-changing challenge.
• Litter the path to confronting that critical challenge with increasingly difficult obstacles.
• See how the protagonist overcomes the obstacles and takes on the big challenge.

Hand in as a printed document. Include all the full names of the group.


5b. Pixar Story Process Solo assignment ( do 1 story by yourself) - 5%

Same as 5a except not in a group. Hand in printed work next class.


6. The 7 basic plots (CLO-3) 

  The 7 Basic Plots List  

  Understanding the 7 Basic Plots

  How to Create a Plot Outline

6a. Basic Plots Assignment - 10%

• A) Identify the Plot Outline of 2 movies that match 2 of the 7 basic plots.

• B) Brakedown their plot outline into the following 10 steps:

  1. Story Goal
  2. Consequence
  3. Requirements
  4. Forewarnings
  5. Costs
  6. Dividends
  7. Preconditions
  8. Climax
  9. Resolution
  10. Identify Main Character

Hand in as a printed document.

7. Write a Film Treatment

 We will examine the need for treatments in film and animation.

7a. Film Treatment ( 2 - 3 pages) Assignment - 20%

Write a Treatment:
Base the treatment on an existing film of your choosing. You may change the original storyline if you want to have some fun with it.

How To Write a Film Treatment

  1. Find a Title
  2. Write a Logline
  3. Write a Synopsis (3 acts)

Sample treatment as a Guide/Template


Video Writing Treatment Presentaion Part 1

Video Writing Treatment Presentaion Part 2



8. Work period to complete yor Film treatment due next class.


9. Storyboard a Story (CLO 1,2)

Storyboard Presentation

Storyboarding Tutorial

6 Minute speed course on Storyboarding

Storyboarding for people who can't draw

Zach King on Storyboards

8a. Storyboard Assignment - 15%

• Do a 10 panel storyboard of your idea to pitch to your group.

• Hand in 1 copy to teacher and keep 1 copy to use for your pitch to your group the following week.

You will be placed in groups next week and pitch your storyboards to each other. After the pitch the group will decide on which story to use for the group pitch. Each student will work on a scene for the group presentation.


10. Pitch a Story (CLO 1,2,5)

Sample pitches

9a. Pitch Assignment - 5%

Pitch a story to your group

• Form groups of 4
• Each member pitches their story to the group
• The group critiques each pitch with what they like and don't like about story
• each group member will write down a comment on a sheet for each pitch (this will be attached to the storyboard when handing it in)
• In class rework/improve story based on feedback
• Hand in revised version next week.

11. Cover Letters (CLO-4)

Take Ownership!

 Cover Letter 1   |  Cover Letter 2  |  Cover Letter Samples  |  Tips

State of cover letters in 2015

11a. Cover Letter Assignment - 15%

Create a cover Letter for your targeted Company - Due week 14

12. Resume   (CLO-4)

12a. Resume Assignment - 15%

Resume Assignment Outline - Due week 14

4 Hidden Resume Mistakes that will cost you the job

Top Resume Trends 2014

Resume Critique Checklist

13. Work on Cover Letters & Resumes (CLO-4)

14. Final Class -  Hand in cover Letter and Resume  

Cover letters & Resumes Due (or any outstanding assignments)



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