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Week 8 | Due Friday, May 6th

Your job for the next 2 weeks is to finalize your storyreel for the exhibition!

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Important: There are two steps to complete your submission:

1. Upload your work and press the first submit button

2. List team members, special thanks and press second submit

This is the last step in our program!

You have two weeks to finish your storyreel before submitting to the Exhibition. 

The deadline to submit for the Exhibition is Friday, May 6th.

The final Exhibition page will go live Friday, May 13th.

Now it’s time to submit your final deliverable for the exhibition due May 6th.

(you can submit late but you won't be eligible for user choice awards)

After uploading your final step will be to judge 5 entries in the Week 8 Gallery on May 7th - 9th.

Exercise 1: Editing (1-2 hours)

What can you do to CLARIFY & improve the PACING of your story?

  • can you cut story beats that aren't important?

  • can you add story beats anywhere to avoid confusion?

  • are there moments in your storyreel which play too fast or too slow?

Update your storyreel accordingly.

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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The submission will appear in the weekly gallery after it has been moderated.

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Exercise 2: Narration vs. Visuals & Dialog

Right now you probably have a narrator telling your entire story. The next step is to find ways to let your visuals do more of the telling, as well find places for dialog (if it helps).

  • narration: is when you, as the storyteller, tell your story

  • dialog: is when a character you've created tells a part of your story

To get started try and find a few moments in your story where visuals can replace your narration.

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Act 3 Tips

James Robertson, Kevin O'Brien, Mary Coleman, & Robert Grahamjones offer some tips on creating a great Act 3. Here are some things to consider this week:

  • What will your protagonist learn?

  • How will they demonstrate they have changed/learned something?

  • How does the world change?

  • What will the audience feel?

Exercise 3: Sound & Music (optional)

Now is a good time to start thinking about appropriate use of music & sound effects to enhance your storytelling.

Often music and sound effects are misused (too loud or distracting) and can detract from the story. This is why we consider this an optional step. Watch the video to get some advice on how to approach sound.

Looking for sound effects / music? Check out this guide.

Full Livestream (55 min)

Livestream Highlights (30 min)

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Please credit anyone involved in this project

Would you like to say a special thank you to anyone who helped or inspired you along your creative journey? Optional.
Please list your team members first names separated by commas. (example: George, Jenna, John). Required.
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