New program starting in May 2018 teaches skills for screenwriting, animation
After having established itself as the place where aspiring comic book creators learn from industry professionals, Comics Experience is very excited to announce its new venture: Screen Experience. Launching in May 2018, Screen Experience will offer online educational courses designed for aspiring writers and artists who want to hone their skills for the film, television, and animation industries. A companion podcast, Pages to Pictures, debuted on March 18.
Comics Experience has engaged talented professionals in the film and animation industries to teach the Screen Experience courses. On offer are both introduction and advanced classes, ensuring that students can benefit no matter their level of experience. Screen Experience’s classes will be held live online by video, with ample opportunities for students to individually interact in real-time with their instructors and classmates, as well as to receive feedback for their work.
The first Screen Experience course is a day-long online Master Seminar with Georgia Lee. Lee, who writes for Syfy’s The Expanse, will instruct students on writing, collaborating, and managing a writing staff.
The instructor for Screen Experience’s screenwriting courses is James Janowsky, who taught screenwriting and film business at New York’s School of Visual Arts for six years.
Patrick Rieger will lead a course on writing for animation. His writing credits include shows on Cartoon Network, Disney Jr., Amazon, and Netflix.
Owen Welsh will teach courses on animation and character design for Screen Experience. Welsh has worked in the video game industry for 13 years and studied under master animator Don Bluth.
Andy Schmidt, the founder of Comics Experience, sees the Screen Experience courses as a natural extension of the comic book writing and art courses that Comics Experience has offered since 2007.
“With all the overlap between storytellers, I always knew this day would come. I knew that the creators I knew and the students and clients we’ve had would eventually force us to create courses for the silver screen and television,” said Schmidt. “This has been a long time coming and I’m confident that the instructors we’ve got lined up are more than up to the task!”
Screen Experience offers a full range of courses – screenwriting, animation, character design, and storyboarding. Prospective students can sign up at the www.screenexperience.com. There are bundling discounts for students signing up for more than one related courses. The complete listings are below.
Master Seminar with Georgia Lee: Writing for Television
5/18/18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Screen and television writer Georgia Lee (The Expanse, Red Doors) will lead an in-depth look at the craft, business, and real-life dynamics of writing for the small screen. In this full-day seminar, Georgia will share her experience writing for three seasons of Syfy’s The Expanse. The seminar covers the nuts and bolts of writing for television – from breaking down a story, to outlining an episode, to writing first drafts, to room etiquette, to how to develop a staff, and much more. Georgia will share her actual documents within the seminar so you can see the “working files” from a real television show as she demystifies the writers’ room experience.
Screenwriting 101: Introduction to Screenwriting
Instructor: James Janowsky
Start: 6/21/18, Thursday nights 8:30 – 10:30 PM ET (6 weeks)
Bundle with Screenwriting 201 – Price: $1,190
Developed by James Janowsky, this six-week intensive introductory screenwriting class not only teaches you all the necessary fundamentals on how to effectively write a screenplay, but you will also gain a greater understanding for creating and writing compelling characters and engaging stories in different genres.
Screenwriting 201: Advanced Screenwriting
Instructor: James Janowsky
Start: 2/4/19, Monday nights 8:30 – 10:30 PM ET (7 weeks)
Bundle with Screenwriting 101 – Price: $1,190
Developed by James Janowsky, this seven-week intensive advanced screenwriting class will not only reinforce the necessary fundamentals that you learned in the introductory class, but now you will learn how to effectively write using the elements of cinema to help create a professional feature length screenplay.
Screenwriting 103: Writing for Animation
Instructor: Patrick Rieger
Start: 9/20/18, Thursday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Learn to write for animation from screenwriter Patrick Rieger. This six-week course covers everything you need to know to write your own screenplay. We’ll cover format, how to establish character, structure your plot, create tone, and even look at ways to build theme. And you’ll get feedback along the way from Patrick himself! Plus, Patrick will share his industry insights and provide tips on how to break in as a professional screenwriter in the world of animation. You will take your concepts from basic idea to formal screenplay. By the end of the course, you’ll have your own 7-15 page screenplay that could be used for a professionally animated project.
Art of Animation 101: Introduction to Character Design
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 6/4/18,, Monday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks – skip week for July 4)
Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London, and many more), this six-week intensive class for character designers teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks for not only creating character model sheets but also how to build a maquette.
Art of Animation 102: Introduction to Animating
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 8/13/18, Monday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Bundle Art of Animation 101: Intro to Character Design, Art of Animation 102: Intro to Animating, and Art of Animation 203: Intro to Storyboarding – Price: $1,685
Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London), this six-week intensive class for animators teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks for not only animating traditionally on paper but how to approach the art form by creating a plan for your animation.
Art of Animation 203: Introduction to Storyboarding
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 4/11/19, Thursday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Bundle with Art of Animation 101: Intro to Animating, Art of Animation 102: Intro to Character Design and Art of Animation 203: Intro to Storyboarding – Price: $1,685
In this seven-week course, we will discover the art and technique of storyboarding. Storyboards are the visual blueprints that create the foundation for film. We will discuss where ideas come from and how to access creativity for visual storytelling. Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London, and many more), this seven-week, intensive class for storyboarding teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks to interpret words into powerful pictures.
If you want to make comics, write, draw, letter, and color comics, or improve as a comics creator, you’ll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!