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Story & Animation Masterclass - CHICAGO


VanArts is proud to present a masterclass in Story Development & Animation, featuring instructors Matthew Luhn (Story Supervisor) and Andrew Gordon (Directing Animator) -- both from Pixar Animation Studios in California, USA.


This exceptional 2-day event takes place in Chicago, Illinois on August 22/23 in 2014, offering participants a rare and exciting chance to learn from the industry's top talent. It marks one of the few times a Pixar Story Artist and Pixar Animator will teach a class together. Bringing together two individuals like this is not easy, making it an incredible opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge in a short time frame, and at reasonable cost. Definitely not to be missed!


To make this session even better, we're adding special guest instructor Tracy Burns, contributing valuable creative expertise to the class.


Geared toward experienced professional animators, story writers, character designers, students and enthusiasts alike, the skill sets covered are not software specific. Lectures are organized with visuals, including live action and animated clips, supplemented by a printed workbook. This class provides you with the tools needed to help create your own stories and feature-quality animation, plus offers a great opportunity to meet and network with your peers and others in the industry.


This masterclass has toured the world to rave reviews, this being one of only a few stops in 2014.



- 2 full days of instruction

- workbook with notes prepared by the instructors

- custom class t-shirt

- refreshments during morning & afternoon coffee breaks

- draws for prizes & giveaways!

- free class t-shirt; registrants will receive a free commemorative t-shirt, designed especially for this event


Class size is limited and strong interest expected. To avoid disappointment, please register early since these classes can sell out weeks in advance. 

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Day 1 - Friday


Instructor Andrew Gordon

9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Pre-Production for Animation
  • Physicality & Locomotion
  • Pose Design in Animation
  • Planning & Blocking
  • Acting & Gesture for Animation
  • Dialogue for Animation
  • Polishing Techniques for Feature Animation
  • The Demo Reel
  • Q & A

Day 2 - Saturday


Instructor Matthew Luhn

9:00am - 5:00pm 

  • Developing Ideas & Stories
  • 3-Act Story Structure
  • Character Development
  • Gags
  • Storyboarding from a Script
  • Composing Storyboards
  • Line & Value
  • Q & A

Animation (full day)

This day will focus on the animation techniques used in typical animated feature films. Shot progressions, multiple examples, and general best practices for how this work was accomplished will be talked about in some of the lectures.

Story Development (full day)

Story is King at Pixar Animation Studios, but it’s not always easy. Matthew Luhn, Pixar Story Supervisor, will teach and demonstrate his process for creating successful stories and enduring characters through practical exercises and lectures. Matthew will also be teaching students his process of Storyboarding from a script, and what is required in order to get a job as a story artist.

* language of presentation and workbook is English

* content might vary and is subject to change

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