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Week 6 | Due Sunday, April 17th

Your job for this week is to make a storyreel of Act 1 & 2 of your story.


Kickoff Video

Week 6 Deliverable: Act 1 & 2 Storyreel (1-2 hours)

Roughly sketch the images needed to tell Act 1 & Act 2 of your story & take pictures of each frame. (You can reuse your Act 1 images from last week that still work in your revised story). Use as many or as few images as you need to tell the story.

Record the audio for your story (don't worry about adding music or sound effects this week). Try to make the length of this video less than 4min.

Past Week 6 Youth Submissions

Each team should upload one Week 6 deliverable below.

Only one individual from each team needs to upload.

Read and discuss feedback you received last week.

Make any changes you think will help improve your story.

Here are some exercises to help you:

Now it’s time to create your Week 6 Deliverable.

Keep in mind your story can still change in the following weeks.

Exercise 1: Flesh out Act 2 (30-60min)

Last week you did this for Act 1, now you need to do it for Act 2.

Recall a major beat is a step in your story spine. 

For example here is a major beat

  • "A bank is robbed"

While minor beats are the series of events that support each major beat. 

For example here are minor beats:

  • "Someone in a disguise walks into a bank"

  • "They sneak back to the safe and input the code"

  • "They stuff the money into a bag"

Now look at the middle three steps of your story spine (what we call Act 2). Flesh out each major beat into 2 or more minor beats so that you can tell the beginning and middle of your story.

Because of that_____ 

  • minor beat: _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • ...

Because of that _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • ...

Because of that _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • minor beat: _____

  • ...

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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Exercise 2: Shot Types (30min)

Think about an important moment (or two) in your story which will require a specific shot type. Try quickly sketching it a few ways.

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Full Livestream (70min)

Livestream Highlights (38 min)

Act 2 Tips

Christian Roman offers some tips on creating a great Act 2. Here are some things to consider this week:

  • How will you challenge your main character?

  • What obstacle(s) will they face?

Great! Now check out these tips on how to best tell your story visually.

Exercise 3: Storyboard Act 2 (30min)

Check out this video on visual storytelling with Christian Roman. Then try quickly sketching the second act in your story on one page. Work fast and don't worry about making finished images. A good rule of thumb is one image per minor beat. 

Click here to get a template if you would like, or just work from a blank page or use index cards.

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