11.10.13 | Writing Features for Animation Professionals

This course will cover:

  1. Character and Character Arc
  2. Theme and Tone
  3. Classical 3-Act Screenplay Structure
  4. Organic Vs Formulaic Story Development
  5. The Creation and Maintenance of Dramatic Tension
  6. Scenes and Scene Writing
  7. Sequences & The “Sequence Approach” to Building A Screenplay
  8. Practical Tips for the Development Process

Participants will learn:

  1. How feature film storytelling differs from TV and short-form
  2. How character shapes story
  3. How to create and maintain dramatic tension
  4. How to create a sense of organic unity, tonal coherence and forward motion
  5. How to construct scenes, sequences and acts that support the greater whole/theme of the story
  6. How to break your story into sequences so that tackling the screenplay feels less daunting
  7. Shared terminology and tools for developing feature-length stories/scripts in creative teams
  8. How to pinpoint story/script strengths and weaknesses with greater clarity and confidence
  9. Practical strategies for getting through the lengthy development process

Participant Profile

This workshop is aimed at animation professionals who wish to make the leap from TV and short-form storytelling and have at least 1-year’s industry experience of working with script in any of the following roles – Writer, Director, Producer, Development Executive, Script Editor, Story/Storyboard Artist. Participants who are currently developing a feature project are welcome to bring it along for work-shopping – if they so wish. Creative teams are especially welcome – as they would greatly benefit from acquiring shared development tools and terminology.

Course Provider

Animation Skillnet

Tutor Info

A graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Writing for Screen and Television, Maria O’Loughlin has over 16 year’s industry experience as a screenwriter, producer and script editor. Now specialising in animation, her most recent TV credits include Roy andScience Fiction for CBBC; I’m a Monster and I’m a Creepy Crawly for Discovery/RTE and;Newsbag an animated adult sitcom for Brown Bag Films/TV3. With support from the Irish Film Board, she has just completed her fourth full-length feature film script – an animated family film entitled Snack Hamster, with Disney’s Norton Virgien attached as director.

Course to include 1 afternoon round-table Q&A session with Norton Virgien, Will Collins & Tomm Moore.

Other Contributors

Norton Virgien. Currently Supervising Director of Doc McStuffins and Henry Hugglemonster for Brown Bag Films and Disney Junior, Norton is a 2-time Emmy winner for his directing work onRugrats and his feature credits include The Rugrats MovieRugrats Go Wild and The Wild Thornberrys Movie.

Will Collins. A lecturer in screenwriting at NUI Galway and much sought-after script consultant, Will’s screenwriting credits include the award-winning My Brothers, Cartoon Saloon’s forthcoming 2nd feature, Song of the Sea and The Boy In The Bubble, an animated feature to be directed by Kealon O’Rourke for Igloo Films.

Tomm Moore. Co-Founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon, Tomm co-directed the Oscar-nominated animation feature The Secret of Kells with Nora Twomey. His 2nd feature, Song of the Sea, is currently in production.

Dates & Times

9.30-6pm daily

Note – This is a 4-DAY Workshop delivered over 2 consecutive weekends. Fri. 11th October & Sat. 12th October AND Fri. 18th October & Sat. 19th October.


Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylor’s Lane, Dublin 8. http://gec.ie/directions-and-map


Non Members: 200 Euro, Members: 160 Euro.

Payment can be made by cheque or postal order payable to Animation Skillnet C/O Dublin Business Innovation Centre.

Application Procedure

Please apply by sending an email (with a short-form CV OR link to LinkedIn profile/online presence) to: animationskillnet@gmail.com

For further details contact: animationskillnet@gmail.com

Deadline for applications

Tuesday, 1st October.

Note – You will be informed by email if you have been selected for the course.

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