It’s safe that to say nearly everybody loves Pixar, and those who don’t are arguably dead inside. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a storyteller and would like to take your narrative game to the next level, then good news, as the famous animation studio is now offering free classes in which you can hone your craft.
The “Pixar in a Box” series is presented in conjunction with online educator the Khan Academy, and provides a candid, behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs.
Now in its third series, the first episode gives an introduction to storytelling basics such as setting and characterization. Help in this chapter is provided by story artist Valerie LaPointe and Up and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter. Dang — if only our lecturers in college were as cool as these guys.
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In this segment (above,) Docter provides the sage advice of writing about what you know and transferring those emotions to the audience. The upcoming installment, number two, gets more technical, instead focussing on the art of storyboarding.
For more information on the “Pixar in a Box” series and previous episodes, head on over to the Khan Academy website.