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Week 1 | Due Sunday, March 13

Your job for this week is to create a "What if" teaser with 3 different ideas.

Kickoff Video

Week 1 Deliverable: "What if" Teaser (1 hour)

​Part A: Come up with a sentence for each of your "what if" ideas:
  • What if _________________________
  • What if _________________________
  • What if _________________________
Part B: Draw simple visuals to represent each of your ideas.
Part C: Make a teaser for your three "what if" statements by reading your ideas over each corresponding image.
Need video editing help? See orientation.

Past Week 1 Submissions

Each team should upload one Week 1 deliverable below.

Only one individual from each team needs to do this upload.

Be sure to include a thumbnail image for your video so that it looks great in the gallery.


This exercise is designed to help you succeed with your weekly deliverable.

Now it’s time to create your Week 1 Deliverable. 

No need to commit to any one story idea yet, just have fun brainstorming!

Each team should create & upload one submission.

Exercise: What if? (1 hour)

There is no “right way” to come up with your “what if” statements—just find ideas that excite you! The more ideas, the merrier!
Watch the video, and try out some of Derek’s suggestions to get your ideas flowing:
  • make a list of worlds
  • make a list of objects or things
  • mix, match, or randomize to see what happens


Here's some inspirational words from a few of our Pixar storytellers!
Your host for Week 8: Connie He! Join the final livestream on Monday, April 25th @ 5pm PT/8pm ET

Connie He is currently a story artist on an upcoming film at Pixar Animation Studios. She was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2018, where she learned storytelling and CG animation. Her graduation film Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale has won 33 international film awards. Her animation career began as a CG artist on Netflix's series Love, Death & Robot. After that, she focused on pursuing storyboarding, which led to feature film development at Taiko Animation Studios. She joined Pixar in 2021 and is now working on a new Pixar film coming out in 2024.

We are now in the final buffer week.
Please submit your work at the bottom of the Week 8 page to be included in the Exhibition page which will go live on Friday, May 13th at 6pm PT. It's okay to submit partially finished work, that's what our program is all about. You must upload something by May 13th in order to earn your certificate & dedicated exhibition page.
Our awards & celebration livestream will happen via YouTube on Friday at 5pm PT. Here is the link to where it will happen.
The public exhibition page will go live after the livestream with ALL participants work: (you can share this link with friends, families etc.)
Incredible work!!!
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Full Livestream (1 hour)

Livestream Highlights (17min)

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