Writing For Animation
At a Glance
In his “Writing For Animation” seminar, studio film and television writer Rob Edwards will delve into what it’s like to write with a seasoned animation team. But how does one write for and proactively work on an animation film? Many writers spend endless hours alone outlining, plotting and putting their words down on paper. But as a hired writer, one becomes part of a tight team in which the writing schedule revolves around the filmmaking process. Rob will discuss this along with troubleshooting techniques when obstacles arise.
In this course, you will learn how to:
- Use the Disney/Pixar style of storytelling
- Be prepared for an animation writer's many hurdles
- Re-break a story in production
- Tackle troublesome sequences out of order
- Manage the expectations for writers in animation
- Strategically provide notes on animation and storyboards
- Re-write a story between test screenings
- Bring a dynamic animation writing style to live action writing
- Navigate story artists' who are attached to their work
- Strategize for the challenges of writing for animation
- Create and think for a visual medium
In one example, Rob will discuss when he was hired to write Treasure Planet for Disney Animation. He was the 15th writer on the project. He ran into a number of hurdles, had to quickly adapt and thought he’d be lucky if he was still at the studio by the end of the month. Rob was told that some of the movie had already been animated and that those scenes would remain as is. He also had to refrain from writing a full draft because there wasn’t enough time to do so. A week on this seasoned and busy team turned into a month, and six years and five animated films later, Rob has written the two Disney Animated films that have been nominated for Academy Awards.
The animated film has taken on new meaning since Disney’s hand drawn Bambi and Cinderella films graced the big screen in the 40’s and 50’s. Today, all the major studios are producing computer generated animated movies. Four of these recent films rank in the top 20 highest grossers of all time: Shrek 2, The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
Culminating nearly three decades of writing for film and television in Los Angeles, Rob Edwards has developed a plethora of tools that he’s used to write and consult on several projects at Disney / Pixar. These are the tools that he wished he had learned in film school. Now Rob is sharing his writing wisdom and creative tools with those who are interested in bettering their craft as animation writers. Find out how to successfully navigate writing on an animation team with this fun and informative seminar!
- Screenwriter: Rob Edwards
- Date available: 06/11/2013
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