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Animation & Story Masterclass - with PIXAR artists

Animation & Story Masterclass

VanArts is excited to bring our masterclass back to London. You won’t want to miss this chance to learn about animation and storytelling hands-on from Pixar’s top talent!

Learn from Ronnie del Carmen, Co-Director/Co-Writer of Disney/Pixar's Inside Out, and Andrew Gordon, Directing Animator on Pixar's Monsters University.

Our masterclasses have toured the world since 2008 to rave reviews. For more information about other cities we are visiting, check out our 2015 Fall Tour page.

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I’ve been in the industry for over 25 years, and these guys were awesome! It was exactly what I was looking for.
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Animation Director


Ronnie del Carmen

Ronnie del Carmen

Director/Senior Story Artist - Pixar

Ronnie del Carmen joined Pixar Animation Studios in the summer of 2000 during the production of FINDING NEMO and became a story supervisor on the film. He did production design on the Academy Award-nominated short film ONE MAN BAND and story work on the Oscar-winning RATATOUILLE. Del Carmen was Head of Story on Disney-Pixar’s Academy Award winning feature UP and is the Co-Director of Disney-Pixar’s INSIDE OUT.

Del Carmen also made his directorial debut with the short film DUG’S SPECIAL MISSION released on the Up DVD and Blu-Ray. In addition to his work on feature and short films he contributed his artistic talents to the illustrating the children's book, My Name is Dug, written by Kiki Thorpe.

Del Carmen attended the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising. Ronnie moved to the United States in 1989 and served as a Storyboard Artist for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and then worked for Dreamworks Animation as a Story Supervisor.

Selected Filmography

  • Inside Out (Co-Director) - 2015
  • Dug's Special Mission (Director/Writer) - 2009
  • Up (Story Supervisor) - 2009
  • WALL-E (Story/Character Design) - 2008
  • Ratatouille (Story) - 2006
  • One Man Band (Production Design) - 2005
  • Finding Nemo (Story Supervisor) - 2003
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Story Supervisor) - 2002
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Storyboards) - 2000
  • The Road to El Dorado (Story Supervisor) - 2000
  • The Prince of Egypt (Story)
  • Freakazoid! (Director)
  • Batman: The Animated Series Storyboard, Character Design - 1991–95


  • Batman Adventures Holiday Special with Bruce Timm, Paul Dini. (Illustrator, Eisner Award - Best Single Issue in 1995.)
  • Batman Black and White, Volume Two for DC (Illustrator) - 2002
  • Dark Horse's Aliens Mondo Pest series (Illustrator and Writer)
  • Paper Biscuit, a series of self-published books featuring Nina, a dream-walking adventurer and social misfit.


  • My Name is Dug, author Kiki Thorpe. Illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen
  • And There You Are, Ronnie del Carmen, Paper Biscuit Industries.
  • Three Trees make a Forest with Tadahiro Uesugi and Enrico Casarosa.
  • Batman Black and White Vol. 2, "The Bet" written by Paul Dini and art by Ronnie del Carmen
  • Project Superior, "No Prize", written and illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen

Awards and Nominations

  • Daytime Emmy Award - Outstanding Special Class Animated Program: FREAKAZOID, Ronaldo del Carmen (Director)
  • Annie Award, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Ronnie Del Carmen – SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMMARON - DreamWorks Animation
  • Annie Award Nomination, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Ronnie Del Carmen – WALL-E – Pixar Animation Studios
  • Annie Award Nomination, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Ronnie Del Carmen – UP – Pixar Animation Studios
  • National Cartoonists Society 2010 Animated Feature Division Award: Ronnie del Carmen – UP – Pixar Animation Studios
  • Eisner Award, Best Single Issue 1995 Batman Adventures Holiday Special by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Ronnie del Carmen, and others (DC)

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon

Directing Animator - Pixar

Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for over 20 years. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 where he has animated on A BUG’S LIFE, TOY STORY 2/3, MONSTERS INC, FINDING NEMO, THE INCREDIBLES and RATATOUILLE among many others. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Gill from Finding Nemo and Edna Mode, the costume designer in The Incredibles. He was Supervising Animator for the Academy-Award nominated short PRESTO, Directing Animator on MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and the recent TV special TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT, and currently Director of Promotions working on content for an upcoming Pixar feature film. Andrew was awarded "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" by the Visual Effects Society for his work in Finding Nemo.

Andrew studied animation in Vancouver and New York, and prior to his work at Pixar, he worked in the Looney Tunes division of Warner Brothers. Andrew has been teaching animation since 2000, leading the Pixar internship three times. He has lectured throughout the world, including masterclasses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Spain, Singapore, Australia, London, Vancouver, Japan and Italy. He is currently the Director of the Hollywood Animation Program for the One Academy, and one of the founders of, a web-blog/podcast dedicated to animation education. Andrew lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Selected Filmography

  • Monsters University (Directing Animator) - 2013
  • Brave (Animator) - 2012
  • Toy Story 3 (Animator) - 2010
  • Presto (Supervising Animator) - 2008
  • Ratatouille (Animator) - 2007
  • Cars (Animator) - 2006
  • The Incredibles (Animator) - 2004
  • Finding Nemo (Animator) - 2003
  • Monsters, Inc (Animator) - 2001
  • Toy Story 2 (Animator) - 1999
  • A Bug’s Life (Animator) - 1998


  • Visual Effects Society - "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" – Finding Nemo


Day 1: Story

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Instructor Ronnie del Carmen

9:00am - 5:00pm
  • The Story Process
  • Storytelling Exercise
  • Your Life Story
  • Drawing Your Story Beats
  • The Art of Pitching Your Story
  • Q & A

This day will give an overview of a film’s life cycle and uncovering the storyteller within, steps to shaping a story, how to tell a relatable life story, understanding the importance of cinematic language, and a chance to share your finished story.

Day 2: Animation

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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

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


Natural History Museum, Flett Theatre - Cromwell Road

This world-class visitor attraction and a leading science research centre provides a dramatic space for the masterclass. Housed in a spectacular historical building, the theatre features excellent sight-lines, a large screen and great atmosphere. Perfectly situated in the heart of London.

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Who should attend?

If you have any interest or aspirations in the fields of story, character design, filmmaking or animation, you definitely won't want to miss this unique event. This masterclass would be of great interest and value to a range of participants, including:

  • professionals at all levels of skill & experience including:
    • 2D/3D animators
    • character designers, layout & storyboard artists
    • comic book artists, story artists & illustrators
  • indie filmmakers & directors of feature films, short films, or web series
  • developers & designers of video games, online games, mobile apps
  • authors, novelists, storytellers of all kinds
  • students & educators in animated filmmaking

Class size is limited and strong interest expected. To avoid disappointment, please register early since these classes can sell out weeks in advance. See below for the Event Terms & Conditions, including cancellation policy.

I thought Andrew was an excellent speaker/teacher, and answered all questions clearly. I was very impressed with his ability to reach out to the audience, and make everything clearly understood.
Masterclass Student

Registration Information

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Included with registration

  • 2 full days of instruction
  • workbook with notes prepared by the instructors
  • custom class t-shirt
  • certificate of completion
  • refreshments during morning & afternoon coffee breaks
  • draws for prizes & giveaways!

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London, UK

September 26-27, 2015

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£430.80 GBP (includes VAT)
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£238.80 GBP (includes VAT)

Event Terms & Conditions

Important News

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the London Masterclass scheduled for September 26-27, 2015 has been cancelled. All registrations have been fully refunded.

We are working with the venue and artists to reschedule and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

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