February 15, 2017

Learn the Art of Storytelling with Free 'Pixar in a Box'

The Art of Storytelling from Pixar in a Box and Khan Academy
The masters at Pixar want to teach you how to become a great storyteller—for free.

Back in 2015, Pixar joined forces with Khan Academy to launch a free online course about animation called "Pixar in a Box." For the third season, Pixar and Khan Academy have just announced their new lesson plan, The Art of Storytelling.

Now, Pixar in a Box is geared toward kids. As their announcement explains, "Through interactive exercises, your child will analyze the plot, world, and characters in their favorite films, and start developing storytelling superpowers."

But who says we can't all learn about storytelling from Pixar? Check out the intro video below with Pixar director Pete Docter and story artist Valerie LaPointe.

The Art of Storytelling will cover six lessons, each featuring Pixar story artists explaining their process:

  • Lesson 1: We Are All Storytellers
  • Lesson 2: Character
  • Lesson 3: Structure
  • Lesson 4: Visual Language
  • Lesson 5: Filmmaking Grammar
  • Lesson 6: Storyboarding

The Art of Storytelling from Pixar in a Box is free on Khan Academy, so don't be shy about checking it out. The remaining lessons will be released throughout the year. You can sign up with Khan Academy to receive email alerts when new lessons become available. Also, be sure to check out previous Pixar in a Box lessons covering several animation topics, including character modeling, virtual cameras, effects, patterns, and much more.      

Featured image: Disney/Pixar.

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February 16, 2017 at 3:30PM, Edited February 16, 3:31PM

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