Level 3: How to Tell a Story

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Level 3: How to Tell a Story

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Moving into the most important aspect of film-making, Level 3 delves into how to tell a story. Everything from the basic structure that all stories share to staging and cinematography. In Level 3 your student will learn the tools to take their ideas and transform them into a cohesive narrative that communicates a clear theme. We will explore the concepts of characters and why developing convincing personalities is essential to plot.


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The Animation Course, Levels 1 & 2

Level 3 can be experienced with any basic editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker or iMovie.

Topics Covered

  • Plot and Story Structure

  • Character development

  • Storyboarding

  • Dialogue

  • Showing not Telling

  • Communicating with the Camera: Basic types of shots

  • Editing:  Cuts and Transitions

  • The Power of Sound

  • and much more

Software Requirements

There is free or low cost animation software available, but you will need access to a computer that will run it. You may also choose to run your own software as long as you are able to show your animation in a video. See our software recommendations here.


Session Dates

Sessions are usually around 12 weeks long.

There are three opportunities per year to attend a Live Class: Spring Session, Summer Session, and Fall Session.


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