When is comes to ‘storytelling,’ there are few organizations that can do it as well as Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with captivating narrative and stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others learn the secrets of great storytelling – for free – in partnership with Khan Academy, in a course called Pixar in a Box.
This is the third installment of the series, and lessons are sourced from Pixar directors and story artists including Inside Out and Up director Pete Docter, Brave director Mark Andrews, Inside Out story artist Domee Shi, and Ratatouille animator Sanjay Patel. Pixar’s previous Khan Academy courses include topics like virtual cameras, effects and animations, but this is the first to focus on the less technical aspects of movie creation.
The first lesson is available now (use this link), and will provide an introduction to storytelling as well as help you come up with a multitude of creatives, including setting and character. The lessons include videos and activities for budding storytellers to complete, and provides you with a general basis on which to build. The next instalment will focus on Character creation specifically, and others segments will address storyboarding, emotional appeal and more, with releases happening throughout 2017.
Perhaps this will launch you on your next career? Or at the very least, make your courseware a lot more enjoyable.