Disciplina Técnicas de Argumento

  • Apresentação


    Aimed at MA level, this course firstly revisits the basics of scriptwriting for animation, and secondly looks in depth to different relevant areas concerned with writing for animation such as: focusing on different narrative structures, combining visual style and story, using the specific language of animation in ways to best propel the story, practicing staging, framing, transitions and continuity through storyboarding and involving the element of time and sound (thought animatics). All of these elements are studied to aid students to think of themes, conceptualise and write for animation, with more thought, depth and understanding how each of this elements will influences the story. The emphasis is both on re-visiting and learning new skills in writing, but equally focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of each student individually. The skills learned will contribute for the future production of their own MA films.

  • Conteúdos Programáticos

    Conteúdos Programáticos

    1. Writing with purpose (commercials)

    2. Text vs Image (script, dialogue, narration)

    3. Story structure and narrative approaches – part A - linear

    4. Story structure and narrative approaches– part B - non-linear

    5. The language of animation

    6. Monstra

    7. Storyboarding - angles / shots / camera movement

    8. Timing your story - animatic

    9. Expanded animation and spatial storytelling

    10. Interactive narratives

    11. Mood, light and space in service of storytelling

    12. Visual style and story

    13. Sound/music and story

    14. Writing animated documentaries

    15. Final assignment – guidelines - consultations







  • Objetivos


    The students are given theoretical and practical exercises, guidance and advices. The lectures encompass different topics related to writing, exemplified by animated works, followed by discussions. The students will be able to notice, identify and analyse the storytelling strategies and tools others use in their work. They are encouraged to critically analyse whether these tools function in a given context and to what extent. Besides the analytical approach, the students work on their own stories exercising different writing approaches in each class. The exercises prepare students to apply the writing strategies and skills in practice. Working in pairs, and analysing each other’s writing develops and sharpens their critical approach, helps to reflect on their own, and on others’ work. The course prepares the students to be efficient and thoughtful in developing new concepts and themes, and equips the students will tools and strategies that help them visualise and write their stories.

  • Metodologias de ensino e avaliação

    Metodologias de ensino e avaliação

    Every class consists of a theoretical introduction, after which an exercise is given to the students to immediately apply the newly introduced writing strategy/concept in practice in their own work. The methodology supports the “learning by doing” approach, and is applied throughout the course. Critical analysis and discussion is strongly encouraged.
  • Bibliografia principal

    Bibliografia principal

    Joan Ashworth, “Visual writing: Thicken time, transform and dissolve text”, Animation Practice, Process and production, Vol 2, No 1 and 2, 2012.

    Liz Blazer. Animated Storytelling. Peachpit Press, 2016.

    Paul Wells. Basics of Animation: Scriptwriting. AVA Publishing 2007.

    Paul Wells. The Fundamentals of Animation, (Key Principles and Processes p.12-82). AVA Publishing 2006.

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