A Hands On Approach: Understanding Animation

Aaron Jacob
Script Coordinator @ Bento Box Entertainment
Sundays 4/18 & 5/2 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm PT

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Ah, animation. Every time we check in on it, the medium seems to have jumped forward in both technology and what stories are being told. The limitless creativity an animated project can offer is incredibly enticing, but if you've never dabbled in writing for animation just getting started can seem like an uphill battle. What sorts of stories lend themselves to animation? What does the market even look like? And how can you, the writer, stand out? 

Take this special two week clinic to learn all the inside information on how animation works and how to present your idea to appeal to execs! 

This 2-Week Clinic Will Cover: 

  • What is "for" animation
  • Visual storytelling
  • The marketplace 
  • Feedback on your 2 page synopsis
  • Live Q&A!
About Your Host

Aaron Jacob is a writer, composer, filmmaker, and singer with highlighted experience in animation production and music. Graduating Chapman University with a Screenwriting degree, he worked in creative development at Original Force 3D Animation before being hired as their Script Coordinator on an animated feature. He currently works at a Script & Post Coordinator at Bento Box Entertainment on several of their animation shows (Paradise PD, Duncanville, Hoops, To Be Announced Netflix and Apple TV+ Show). He has written and directed several successful short films. Some highlights include the proof of concept short film Knight Watch starring Carolina Ravassa (Overwatch, Hispanglosaxon) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (Deputy, Voltron, Dumplin), Paralysis starring Amber Grace (Away) and Dom Fera (YouTube's DomincFear), and Riley starring Bex Taylor-Klaus and Vincent Martella (Phineas and Ferb, The Walking Dead, Everybody Hates Chris). He optioned a war fantasy feature screenplay in 2017, and is currently developing several other feature and television work for both live-action and animation. Additionally, he co-created, writes for, and composes the music for The Lucid Podcast, a new horror anthology series, now available to stream.

He also has experience in music production for television and film. He composed his colleagues' thesis films in college, many of which went on to festival acclaim. In the same year, Aaron received Craft Awards in Music for two NYU thesis films, one of which is now distributed by DUST (Stevie's Aliens dir. Austin S. Harris). He has also worked as a Music Editor on Disney TV Animation shows and would contribute his own compositional work to episodes of Milo Murphy's Law as an additional music composer. He has been an accomplished session singer for nearly 15 years, with his vocals appearing on countless TV Animation shows, notably Phineas and Ferb, Milo Murphy's Law, and The Lion Guard. He appeared in the Disney+ original animated feature Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe.

Aaron is a founding member and serves as the Development Manager of Debatable Productions, a production company that provides film, theatre, and music production opportunities to youth and young adults. While heading most of its film programs, Aaron has developed works from young writers ages 16-25 through writers room workshop programs alongside other industry mentors like Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Co-Creators of Phineas and Ferb). He also directed their premiere stage production of the musical Cabaret in 2018, and will continue to direct an original musical in 2021.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.

Questions?

If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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