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Screenplay Unlimited: Advanced Development Workshop for Animation

Tutors: Emmanuel Oberg

Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Duration: 3 Days

Venue: Dublin, TBC

Cost: €225

Course Profile:

The aim of this 3-day workshop is to equip writers, directors, producers, story editors and development executives with a set of flexible storytelling tools that help develop each animation project as effectively as possible.

The workshop puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience at home and abroad. It also explores the specifics of writing for a family audience.

For example, we’ll explain how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs applies to animation, specifically how we can use it to reach a four-quadrant audience. We’ll look at the most important aspects of animation writing, including how to blend a strong emotional journey and an eventful quest or how to combine visual storytelling with humour and gags working at different levels.

From creating riveting set pieces to crafting a satisfying ending, your animation writing skills will greatly improve with a clearer understanding of these tools.

Using clips, examples and detailed case studies from successful animations such as DESPICABLE ME, THE SECRET OF KELLS, PRINCESS MONONOKE, WALL-E, TOYKO GODFATHERS, ZOOTROPOLIS, WALLACE AND GROMMIT, BOLT, MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE, TOY STORY, TANGLED UP, MEET THE ROBINSONS, KUNG FU PANDA, CARS, PERSEPOLIS, INSIDE OUT,NINJA SCROLL, UP, SONG OF THE SEA, A WALTZ WITH BASHIR, FINDING NEMO, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS and many other productions from major studios and independent companies around the world, we’ll look at the storytelling tools and techniques needed to master this very popular genre.

Writing an animation with the Story-Type Method: Structural Tips and Advice

  • Reaching a family audience: What’s the secret?
  • How to use story-types and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in an animation
  • Developing a Plot-Led Animation
  • Case Study: Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen for Pixar/Disney)
  • Developing a Character-Led Animation
  • Case study: Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud for Universal Pictures / Illumination Entertainment)
  • Developing a Theme-Led Animation
  • Case study: Tower (Keith Maitland)
  • Developing an Animation as a Hybrid or an Exception
  • Case studies: Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore), Bolt (Chris William and Byron Howard), Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud)

Participant Profile:

This course is open to animation writers, directors, producers, story editors and development executives who wish to hone their development skillset.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online attaching a current CV at by Tuesday the 7th of November.  For further information contact

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