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Attention, Screenwriters: Oscar-Winning Pixar Team is Offering Free Online Storytelling Courses

16 February 2017 5:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever want to learn a few storytelling tricks from some Oscar-winning filmmakers? Well, today’s your lucky day. Pixar Animation Studios has announced the start of a new six-course program online that will see some of the company’s biggest voices teaching aspiring screenwriters the art of telling a story. Teachers include award-winning directors like Pete Doctor (“Up,” “Inside Out”) and Mark Andrews (“Brave”).

Read More: ‘Piper’: How Pixar Turned R&D Into an Oscar-Contending Short (Exclusive Video)

The first course, entitled “The Art of Storytelling,” is now available for free. The series aims to provide tips on world building, character creation, and finding the emotional undertone of any given story. Every episode will be free and released through the Kahn Academy’s “Pixar in a Box” digital franchise. The courses will include videos, exercises and hands-on activities to help storytellers develop an initial idea into a final storyboard. »

- Zack Sharf

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Pixar Launches Free Online Course About Storytelling Featuring Studio’s Filmmakers

15 February 2017 11:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pixar Animation Studios has launched the first of six free online lessons covering the art of storytelling, led by Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, and other filmmakers from the renowned Disney-owned studio.

The new series is available for free through online-education platform Khan Academy. Directors and story artists providing insights into Pixar’s creative process in the new series include Pete Docter, director of “Inside Out,” “Up” and “Monsters Inc.”; Mark Andrews, director and screenwriter of “Brave” and story supervisor on “The Incredibles”; Sanjay Patel, director of “Sanjay’s Super Team” and animator on “Ratatouille,” “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc.”; and Domee Shi, story artist on “Inside Out.”

The first of the storytelling lessons is available now at PixarInABox.org. The “Art of Storytelling” series will provide tips on how to make stories emotionally appealing as well as how to create characters and unique worlds. “We hope that by sharing how we tell stories, »

- Todd Spangler

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Oscars 2017 Animated Shorts: Will ‘Piper’ End Pixar’s 16-Year Drought?

25 January 2017 5:39 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been 16 years since Pixar won the Oscar for best animated short (Ralph Eggleston’s “For the Birds”). Wouldn’t it be fitting if Alan Barillaro’s fine-feathered “Piper” ended the drought? That would give Pixar four Oscars (alongside Geri’s Game” and “Tin Toy”).

However, “Piper” faces stiff competition, particularly from Theodore Ushev’s much darker “Blind Vaysha” from the National Film Board of Canada, which has earned a dozen Oscars.

The other three contenders range from Robert Valley’s bleak “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Vimeo’s first Oscar nom), the melancholy Western, “Borrowed Time” (made independently by Pixar’s Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj), and the introspective “Pearl” from Oscar winner Patrick Osborne (Disney’s “Feast”), the first Vr nominee from Google Spotlight Stories.

Piper

The rite of passage for the adorable sand piper continues a long Pixar tradition of incubating innovative tech in its shorts program. »

- Bill Desowitz

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short

19 January 2017 12:39 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year a record 69 animated short films vied for an Oscar nomination, with ten making the shortlist, and five final nominations. 

For six years, Disney or Pixar has been nominated in the category every year, and won twice (“Paperman” and “Feast”). This year Pixar’s “Piper,” from Alan Barillaro (“Wall·E,” “Brave,” “Finding Nemo”), could mark a Pixar win for the first time since Ralph Eggleston’s “For the Birds” 15 years ago. That would give Pixar four Oscars (alongside Geri’s Game” and “Tin Toy”).

Read more: Oscars 2017 Animated Shorts: Will ‘Piper’ End Pixar’s 15-Year Drought? 

However, “Piper” faces stiff competition, particularly from Theodore Ushev’s much darker “Blind Vaysha” from the National Film Board of Canada, which has earned a dozen Oscars. The other three contenders range from Robert Valley’s bleak “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Vimeo’s first Oscar nom), the melancholy Western, “Borrowed Time” (made independently »

- Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz

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Netflix Mashes Stranger Things & Trollhunters in Video

9 January 2017 10:54 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

In celebration of DreamWorks Trollhunters, which premiered on Netflix on Friday, December 23rd, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have released an out-of-this-world mash up featuring elements of the wildly-popular Stranger ThingsTrollhunters took fans by storm when it premiered all 26 episodes, a first for a Netflix original. Not only were fans ecstatic but critical acclaim has soared since the premiere putting Trollhunters at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes! See your favorite characters back in action in the video below!

From the limitless imagination of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes a tale of two worlds set to collide in the epic saga DreamWorks Trollhunters. When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, »

- ComicMix Staff

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Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie join Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Holmes and Watson

8 January 2017 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

THR is reporting that Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie have signed on to the cast of Holmes and Watson, the latest collaboration between Talladega Nights and Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Details of Fiennes and Laurie’s characters are being kept under wraps, but the site reports that the duo “will slip on the shoes of two beloved characters from the Holmes oeuvre”.

The film sees Ferrell as Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective Sherlock Holmes, with Reilly as his sidekick Dr. John Watson. Also featuring in the cast are Rebecca Hall (Christine), Rob Brydon (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Kelly Macdonald (Brave) and Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World).

Holmes and Watson is being written and directed by Etan Cohen, who helmed Ferrell in the recent comedy Get Hard. »

- Gary Collinson

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