17.09.16 | 1 Day Storytelling Masterclass with John Aoshima (Credits: Kubo and the Two Strings, Gravity Falls, American Dad)

Course Content:

Story: From Script to Screen & How to Entertain your Audience
What is a Story person? What makes a good one?
Visual Storyteller / Visual Communicator
Understanding your audience

Storyboard: Live-action vs Animation
Feature vs Television
Story Artist vs Storyboard Artist
Outline vs Scripted

Story Breakdown: Understanding story structure
Breaking down a script

Storyboarding: Screencraft
Editing: When to cut and when not to
The subject in the frame
Character emotion
Tracking story
Screen time/Pacing
Sitcom staging
Shot setups
Shot rhythm
Use of Deep space
Analyzing film

Production: Studio expectations
Team collaboration
Time management
ToonBoom SB Pro vs Photoshop

Tutor Info:

John Aoshima started directing on Fox’s Primetime animated series, American Dad!. From there, he focused his attention on younger audiences at Disney TV Animation. At Disney, John has taken various roles as Director, Post Director, Animation Supervisor, and as Storyboard artist on variety of shows. He has directed on Gravity Falls, Pickle & Peanut and currently the reboot of Ducktales. In 2014, John was nominated for an Annie in Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for “Gravity Falls”. John’s education in animation started at the early age of 12 when an animation class opened at his local school. From there, he continued his focus in animation at his local high school where it was known for it’s animation program within the industry. In 2000, John earned his BFA in Character animation at the California Institute of the Arts, also known as CalArts. Aside from his career in TV animation, John worked on his first feature film at Laika, as the original Head of Story for the upcoming release “Kubo and the Two Strings”. In fact ‘Kubo’ was John’s nickname when he was younger.

Date & Times:

Saturday 17th September from 9.30am-4.30pm.


Conference Room 3, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8 (Directions and Map: http://gec.ie/get-in-touch/).


Members: 80 Euro, Non Members: 100 Euro

Payment can be made by credit card online (a link will be sent to you) or by cheque/postal order payable to Animation Skillnet.

Application Procedure:

Please apply by sending an email to: animationskillnet@gmail.com

Deadline for Applications:

Wednesday, 7th September.

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