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Spotlight Workshop: Powerful Visual Storytelling

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Date(s) - 02/23/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Are you ready to take your project to the next level visually? Here’s how.

How do you tell a good story visually? How do camera angles create relationships? How do you build powerful interest or momentum in a scene without changing a word of your script? These are the creative questions directors and storyboard artists get to wrangle with in all facets of film production, TV commercials, Netflix dramas, video games, and feature animation. Best of all, storyboard artists—those who draw out the scenes that are later filmed—are always needed on productions around town and around the world.

In this three-hour workshop, Emmy Award-winning storyboard artist and director John Over will lead you through the most important aspects of filmed storytelling: Story, the Storyboard, Visual Style, useful computer programs, and studio job specifics.

After that, you’ll get the opportunity to plan some funny and dramatic scenes along with Mr. Over. And he’ll give you direct feedback and advice on your work!

So come out for some creative, no-hassle fun as you learn all the requirements for effective visual storytelling!

Who should attend: Producers, directors, storyboard artists, writers and anyone interested in the process of visual storytelling.

What to bring: Note taking tools, and a deep desire to grow in the industry.

By the end of this class, you’ll know:

  • All the elements that are required in a film or other project to tell a story visually;
  • How to effectively build interest or momentum in a scene through camera angles, perspective, and more;
  • How to use the storyboard to plan out your project’s themes, visual style, plot, and other important aspects; and
  • Computer programs and other tools you should utilize for crafting your visual story.

Instructor: John Over is a creative writer and director whose work has always been associated with long-running, successful franchises. John has a reputation for displaying his unique ability to manage large teams of diverse talents to deliver outstanding Emmy and BAFTA winning material for a worldwide market. He has directed, designed, written, and produced animation for television for over 20 years, including AnimaniacsClifford the Big Red DogPinky & the Brain, and Pink Panther & Pals. His work has aired on a number of networks, including FOX, Cartoon Network, and PBS, and under his guidance, his shows have received more than 30 Emmy nominations. John has taught animation at Cal State University Northridge, and he also designed the mascot for the U.S.-hosted World Cup in 1994.

Register HERE.


Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

How early should I arrive at the event?

You should leave yourself enough time to get through the security gate, park in the parking structure, and walk to the front door of Netflix, where we will have someone waiting to direct you to the workshop room. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required.
  • Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • Immediately after entering the building turn right down the hall and wait in the coffee bar area.

When does the early registration discount end? 

Registration for this workshop ends at 4 p.m. on February 22nd. The early registration discount ends at 11:59 PM on February 16th.