• New Masterclass coming in 2015

    I really happy and excited to announce that I will be conducting some masterclasses in 2015 with none other than Academy Award winning director Mark Andrews. Mark is the most dynamic teacher I have ever seen. We will be doing a two day class in a few select cities. More info on that coming soon

    We have been conducting this masterclass with Vanarts and other schools for many years. We have received so many great comments and we are always trying to make it the best possible class. There are copycat classes out there so beware… I can’t wait to share more about what this class will be soon and thanks to all the supporters of the class. The focus on the class will be animation, character, story and directing. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge in Story, Direction in both animation and live action. This class will be one not to miss.

    A portion of the proceeds, if there are any, will go to charity.

    Andrew

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  • More New Doctors

    We have 2 more story GURU’s joining us to contribute. More news this week and hopefully a post.

    thanks for listening….

    Andrew

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  • New Doctor!

    Nate Stanton, Story Supervisor at Pixar and brother to Andrew Stanton will be contributing to the site. Nate was one of the first to do a podcast with us.

    We really want to focus on storytelling and Nate has so much experience. Welcome Nate! Look for more people coming soon that will be focused on Story and Direction.

    Andrew

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  • See you in Vancouver!

    Ill be giving a class next week in Vancouver. If your a spline doctor reader please say hi and Ill try to bring something to give you. I can’t wait to come back to one of my favorite cities. This is our last class of the year. We are changing up the masterclass for 2014…There is some really exciting stuff that will happen that I can’t wait to tell you about. All coming soon!

    Also excited that my old pal and supervising animator at sony in vancouver.. Pete Nash will be there giving a talk on his recent work. Hope to see you there!!!

    Andrew

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  • Story Spines

    Sure, you thought  ”Spline Doctor”… Well, the story “spine” is such an important part of creating a film.  In many ways its what a spline is to an animator, the spine is to the writer. How many times have you watched a film and felt where the key moments hit? I thought this site provided some very interesting story charts about how the character changes. Ultimately we want a character to change or for the world around him or her to change. Take a look at these various charts as well and see how your character fits into this structure. One thing about structure is that you need a strong theme. Don’t put the cart before the horse. Make sure you really know why you are making this story and where it comes from… Why is it important to you? More to come

    Andrew

     

     

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