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Story Development for Artists: from Idea to Reality

An 8-week course on how to develop an idea into a story using timeless techniques

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
None
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
None
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
None
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
None
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
None
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
None
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Course Trailer
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Overview of Course, Steps, and Goals: the Need for Intellectual Property

Intro to story: What is it? Why do we love it? How do we make it? | Selection and creative thinking process techniques; how to effectively select what to spend your time on: from doodle to passion project

Week 2 | Brainstorming Tips and Tricks

An Introduction to Building Strong, Relatable Characters | Lecture and Scene Analysis on Powerful Character Introductions and First Impressions | Using contemporary and classic film and TV | Flexing and Applying Your Critical Eye to Introducing Characters

Week 3 | Writing What You Know

Writing What You know | Heroes and Villains | Cliche vs Archetype | Caricature vs Character | One dimensional vs multi-dimensional | Writing Character bios (becoming experts on your char) | Defining Char needs, wants, behavior | Character contrast and supporting cast

Week 4 | World Building: Small Scale and Large Scale

Building your story: from stick man to final render | Story vs. plot / what vs. how: what happens and how to show it | Image systems and motif; the seduction of pretty pictures | Serialized vs. episodic

Week 5 | Story and Structure

Classical and contemporary models for story | Three-act structure and other lies | A, B, and C plots | Deciding what works best for you

Week 6 | Putting It All Together

Deciding which story to tell; the Star Wars model | Building your story, then writing it: note cards, outlining, sculpting; writing inside out vs. outside in; just like drawing | Weaving character and story: how to build theme; where to find it and when; controlling ideas and keeping it simple

Week 7 | Building Loglines and Descriptions

The elevator pitch: how to take your creative research and pare it down to bare essentials | Workshopping with peers: collecting constructive criticism

Week 8 | How to Schedule and Strategize Your Creative Project

Now what? Planning for next steps: intro to TV, feature, and comic strips; writing novels/prose | Pitching/selling vs. controlling your I.P.

Story Development for Artists: from Idea to Reality
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Unleash your creative potential

Joshua Pruett is an Emmy Award-winning Writer best known for his work on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH the animated series, and the original feature for Disney Plus, PHINEAS AND FERB THE MOVIE: CANDACE AGAINST THE UNIVERSE. His first original middle grade novel SHIPWRECKERS: THE CURSE OF THE CURSED TEMPLE OF CURSES, OR WE NEARLY DIED. A LOT. with Scott Peterson debuted May, 2019 from DISNEY/HYPERION.

Joshua has over fifteen years of experience inflicting laughter (and monsters) on others as storyboard artist, writer and creative consultant for Crunchyroll, Outright Games, LEGO, Warner Animation Group, Pure Imagination Studios, Disney TV, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks TV, Awesomeness TV, Sprout/NBC Universal, Disney China/Beijing, Zombie Bake Shop, Netflix, Paramount Feature Animation as well as developing THE HAUNTED MANSION for Disney TV with Scott Peterson.

He is also the author of THE JUNGLE BOOK: THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS THE PACK, with Scott Peterson, an adaptation and expansion of the 2016 live action feature film, the horror short story collection THE MISERY COMPANY and AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: LEGACY OF THE FIRE NATION from Insight Editions (2020).

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Santosh Oommen

Informative, knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions I had about story and the business of it.

Erik Eulen

Josh has been a great resource for learning. His experience and knowledge was obvious and he was very engaging with the class about topics and additional reading material suggestions.

Abram Buck

Josh is very knowledgeable. He broke down story development in a way that makes it easier for me to understand what makes stories great. I really enjoyed learning under him.

Janneke van den Biggelaar

Joshua was able to create a great and most of all safe space to share ideas. It made me feel like I was taken serious, especially since I’ve been struggling with insecurity issues. His feedback was always very good and helpful.

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