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   Welcome to Week 6  |  Due Friday Nov 12th | 2-3 hours

Your job for this week is to create a storyreel for Act 1 & Act 2 of your story.
Make sure you've read and discussed your Act 1 feedback from last week.
Make any changes you think will help your story.
Then work through this writing exercise as a team.
Exercise 1: Flesh out Act 2 (30-60 min)

Last week you did this for Act 1, now you need to do it for Act 2.

Recall a major beat is a step in your story spine. You already did these.

For example here is a major beat

  • "A bank is robbed"

While minor beats are the series of events that happen at each major beat. 

For example here are minor beats:

  • "Someone in a disguise walks into a bank"

  • "They sneak back to the safe and input the code"

  • "They stuff the money into a bag"

Now look at the middle three steps of your story spine (what we call Act 2). Flesh out each major beat into 2 or more minor beats so that you can tell the beginning and middle of your story.

Because of that_____ 

  • minor beat: _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • ...

Because of that _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • ...

Because of that _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • ...

Exercise 2: Basic shot types (10-15 min)

Try quickly sketching a single image of one important moment in your story using one of these shots types (close, medium or wide). Everyone on your team should try this.

courtesy of Khan Academy/Pixar in a Box

Exercise 3: Extreme shots (Optional)

Try quickly sketching a single image of one important moment in your story using one of these shot types (up shot, down shot, extreme close/wide, angle). Everyone on your team should try this.

courtesy of Khan Academy/Pixar in a Box

Exercise 4: Storyboard Act 2 (15-30 min)

Try quickly sketching the second act in your story on one page. Work fast and don't worry about making finished images. A good rule of thumb is one image per minor beat. 

Click below to get a template if you would like, or just work from a blank page or use index cards.

It's worth reviewing our storyboarding video from last week.

courtesy of Khan Academy/Pixar in a Box

Great! Now check out these exercises on
various kinds of shots you can use to best tell your story.
Finally, work through this final assignment.
Before you get started, discuss how you want to divide the work of drawing,
recording audio and editing.
Assignment: Rough storyreel of Act 1 & 2
(30-60 min)

Roughly sketch the images needed to tell Act 1 & Act 2 of your story & take pictures of each frame. (You can reuse your Act 1 images from last week that still work in your revised story). Use as many or as few images as you need to tell the story.

Record the audio for your story (don't worry about adding music or sound effects this week). Try to make the length of this video less than 3.5min.

Here is an example of what you will create. 


LOUIS GONZALES started in animation in 1996 at Warner Brothers Feature Animation in their Training program where he studied both Layout and Animation.  After graduating from the WBFA internship program he worked on Quest for Camelot, Iron Giant, and Osmosis Jones.
In 2000 Louis moved to Pixar to work starting as a CG Layout artist on Monsters inc. & quickly made his way to the Story department on the Incredibles. His credits at Pixar include Monsters University, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Ratatouille, Cars, Cars 3, Brave, The Incredibles 1 & 2 and other shorts & films. 
He currently works as a Director at Pixar Animation Studios where he has directed 2 short films. “Nona” (2020) & “Know Your Rights.” (2021)

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McKenna Harris is currently a story supervisor on an upcoming film at Pixar Animation Studios. Previously, she was a story lead on Pixar's Luca, and directed its spin-off short Ciao Alberto. Her animation career began in character design on Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears; after Bears, she focused on pursuing storyboarding, which lead to interning in the story department at Sony Pictures Animation, and later joining Walt Disney Feature Animation as a story apprentice. Her feature credits include Wreck-It-Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Frozen 2, and Raya and The Last Dragon. In her spare time she loves dreaming up ideas for personal projects, drinking coffee, and binging on Netflix. 

The Public Exhibition is live!

Congratulations to all participants, we were blown away with your passion and dedication.

Shoutout to our wonderful facilitators who provided incredible student support and contributed to the success of the pilot.

Exciting News: There will be a Spring 2022 Story Xperiential with Pixar!  

Dates and program details will be announced early in January (aiming for a mid-Feb start).  For more information add yourself to our waiting list.

For tips on how your students can continue developing their storytelling abilities, please download this Resource sheet.

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