Communications 1 - express yourself with clarity and creativity
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.
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.
• 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:
- Story Goal
- Identify Main Character
Hand in as a printed document.
7. Write a Film Treatment (CLO-3)
We will examine the need for treatments in film and animation.
8. Work period to complete yor Film treatment due next class.
9. Storyboard a Story (CLO 1,2)
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)
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)
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)
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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