The STORY & CHARACTER MASTERCLASS hosted by Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) is an exciting 2-day event featuring instruction by top talent from Pixar Animation Studios. These events have been toured all over the world since 2009, and brought inspiration to hundreds of animators, storyboard artists, screenwriters, novelists, documentary makers, playwrights, artists, directors, producers, and business professionals who want to excel in their craft.
This summer, VanArts is excited to be bringing masterclasses in Story & Character to New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles. Day 1 is an exciting, interactive lecture format on story structure, storyboarding and character development, and Day 2 is a hands-on workshop where you can put these tools into practice creating your own stories. The workshop day is only open to 50 students and will sell out fast, so you definitely won’t want to miss it!
Our Story & Character Masterclass is your opportunity to learn from the very best. You will be guided by storytelling master, Matthew Luhn, Story Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios, on the exciting process of creating successful stories for films, books and interactive games. Walk away understanding the process of how story is created, developed and shaped by top level professionals in the animation industry. Learn the anatomy of building characters that are adored and loved by millions. Take it up a notch and attend the Day 2 Story and Character Workshop where you will put what you learned in Day 1 into practice and get real time feedback and guidance.
In New York and Toronto, Matthew will be joined by special guest speaker, Valerie LaPointe, Story Artist at Pixar Animation Studios.
Join some of Matthew's past students including writers, directors, and creative leaders from Apple, Sony, Cartoon Network, Paramount Pictures, the BBC, Warner Brothers, and Dreamworks and learn the secrets to creating a GREAT story!
Seats are limited. Purchase your tickets today so you can be sure to attend this fun and exciting event.
Matthew has been inspiring and teaching directors, writers, storyboard artists, animators, and business professionals on how to create successful stories with memorable characters for over fifteen years. While others simply teach, Matthew also works full-time at Pixar Animation Studios, ensuring his experience is relevant in today’s industry and the knowledge that he imparts is cutting edge. With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Matthew has helped develop stories and characters on four Academy Award® and four Golden Globe-winning movies. His credits include all three Toy Story movies, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, UP, Monsters University, Toy Story of Terror!, and The Simpsons.
Valerie, one of Pixar’s first female Story Artists, has been creating movies, comics, award winning animated shorts, and music videos for over ten years. With a Masters of Animation from USC, Valerie has worked at Pixar Animation Studios since 2007 developing and creating the stories for Presto, Brave, Mater’s Tall Tales, Newt, Partysaurus Rex, Small Fry, and is currently working on an upcoming Pixar feature project. Valerie also worked with the Walt Disney Imagineering team developing the Ratatouille attraction in Paris. Valerie continues to work at Pixar developing new story ideas, while teaching and inspiring students around the world.
Register for our New York or Toronto Masterclasses to learn from Valerie about being a story artist.
Screenwriter, living in California, who shares credit for the screenplay of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Big Hero 6 with Robert L. Baird and Jordan Roberts, shares credit for the screenplay of Pixar Animation Studios' Monsters, Inc. with Andrew Stanton, and shares credit for the screenplay of Pixar's Monsters University with Robert L. Baird and Dan Scanlon. He also contributed material for Disney's Chicken Little, Universal Animation Studios' Curious George, Pixar's Cars, and Disney's Meet the Robinsons, along with voicing the characters of Needleman and Smitty in Pixar's Monsters Inc.
Make sure to register for our Los Angeles Masterclass to learn from Dan about screenwriting in the Pixar universe and beyond.
Register now and secure your spot using a credit card. You will receive your ticket by e-mail instantly. Online registration and payments are powered by EventSpot® and PayPal®. If you would like more information on the events, make sure you check out the New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles pages. Thanks!
$549 for the 2-day course (Masterclass + Workshop), and $299 for the 1-day Masterclass.
Cancellations for a full refund will be accepted up to 3 weeks before the event. From 20-7 days before the event, a cancellation fee of $100 will apply for the 2-Day Masterclass + Workshop or $75.00 for the 1-Day Masterclass. From 6 days before the event and after, refunds cannot be provided. TRANSFERS (transferring your seat to a substitute attendee) can be accepted anytime and with no fee, provided they are first approved by VanArts. Transfers are the responsibility of the original registrant to arrange. Refund and transfer requests must be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will require confirmation of the original registrant's identity.
Tuition fee is $549.00 total for the 2-Day Masterclass + Workshop, $299.00 for the 1-Day Masterclass. There are no other taxes, ticketing fees or service charges. Financial aid is not available for this class.
The event organizer, VanArts, reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event with reasonable discretion and for any reason (inclement weather, low enrolment, instructor illness, or any other unforeseen disruptive circumstances). In the case of cancellation by us, registration fees and any taxes will be refunded in full (excluding any possible credit card transaction fees). If the event is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund, or, transfer their registration to the rescheduled event. In all cases, we shall have no further liability beyond the registration fee, and regret that any transportation and hotel costs, cancellation penalties, or any other non-recoverable costs incurred by registrants are not refundable. In the event of any unforeseen last-minute scheduling problems, we reserve the right to substitute an equivalent, qualified instructor who might not be listed in the class description.
This class is open to anyone, however minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult (registered for the class). The suggested minimum age to attend is 16. Please note this is not a beginner’s class.
For taking notes, pen & paper are recommended. Laptop/tablet computers are permitted, but please no recording with these or other devices. NO AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE CLASS MATERIAL OF ANY KIND IS PERMITTED. Out of respect for fellow attendees and the instructors, we ask that attendees please refrain from live tweeting, texting, cell phone calls, etc. during the class.
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