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The Story Artist Mentorship Program

A year long story intensive course with a team of
Pro Mentors

Become a Faster, Better, and More Confident Story Artist with the Story Artist Mentorship

Join us in this 12-month mentorship program designed to give YOU the tools to help you break into the world of visual storytelling.

Throughout the year, our industry professional mentors will help you develop your storytelling skills and gain an understanding of topics ranging from storytelling fundamentals and genre differences to career development and portfolio design.

Develop your networkings skills and build relationships through our PRIVATE DISCORD Channel and EXCLUSIVE NETWORKING Events.

Sign up for our waitlist today and be the first to know when the new semester opens. 

  • Year-Long MENTORSHIP Course Led by Industry Professionals
  • 12 Epic Modules
  • Sample Scripts & Story Exercises
  • Live Instructional Sessions Every Two Weeks with Mentors
  • 100+ hours of Visual Storytelling Training
  • EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE Discord Group, Resources & More
  • LIFETIME ACCESS to the content
  • Structured Exercises with PERSONAL CRITIQUE
  • Exclusive StoryboardArt Vault Content

Previous Participating Mentors

*Mentor participation subject to availability


SERGIO PAEZ

Sergio is a founding member of the visual storytelling community StoryboardArt.org.
Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony, and Sega.

Stephanie Gonzaga

Warner Bros, Disney, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon. Currently an Episodic Director at Warner Bros.  

spyros tsiounis

Dreamworks, Laika, Lucasfilm, Paramount, Skybound, Sony

Alex chiu

Warner Bros, Netflix, Cartoon Network, Marvel. Currently an Episodic Director at Warner Bros.  

vaughn ross

Warner Bros, Lucasfilm, Paramount. Currently an Supervising Director at Warner Bros.  

steve lee

Marvel, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Sony. Episodic Director on Star Wars Rebels.  

calvin tsang

Blue Sky, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Disney.  

nick sung

Kuko, Locksmith Animation, Pixar, Airbnb. 

David Meyers

Disney, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Clone wars, Rebels Resistance.  

Douglas lovelace

Disney, Illumination, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Skybound. Dreamworks Director on Puss in Boots.  

HERE'S WHAT PREVIOUS MENTORSHIP PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY...

"I am in awe of this program and the dedication you all invest in it. I truly feel you guys raise the bar, but also leave plenty of breadcrumbs to help everyone find their way over it.
And Sergio. Dude. I think you are helping many non-believers, discover some magic in their pencils, and brains. You help connect people with their magic that is within. You are unlocking storytellers in all of us for crypes sake! And it's so exciting to be around and watching all these little hatchlings discover they have these little teeny wings, and with a LOT of work, what they can do with those wings. And I am one of them!!"

-Erik Kuska

" I got 2 different portfolio calls! I had a recruiter from DisneyTV ask for my portfolio for an upcoming show, and I should be hearing back from her in the beginning of January! (The position is only a few months long, but still!) THEN I got an email last week from Floyd County Productions to do a storyboard test for a full-time position! Thanks to the Mentorship, I've made a lot of strides in my work, and I'm so glad I took the chance to learn from you all!! Hopefully those emails are a sign of an upswing, and to keep pushing me to not give up.  

-Kylie Gay, now working at Disney TV


"I just wanted to write and say thanks for creating this for artists. I aspire to be a great storyteller, I know I have good ideas, but this is exactly what I need to get me moving in the right direction. I was accepted to USC’s master program and am so glad I didn’t go, otherwise in a few years I’d probably have a lifetime of debt. What you’re offering is so affordable and also priceless. So, thank you! "

-Ryan Gallet

"Thank you for taking the time to make such an extensive and specific review. I have found really useful resources on your comments.  I have reviewed a couple of times to get the best out of it. When you have asked me about some camera decisions or how these movements would work on real life, i just realize that some of them are truly hard to make in live action, and of course there are clarity issues and mostly technical issues when developing the ideas.

-Bruno Guaman


Mentorship Student Examples


Magnus Kravik

Judit Tondora

Ben McMillan

Kenny Vallenca

Charl Chilliers

Erik Kuska

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the Mentorship officially begin?

By signing up to the waiting list you will be the first to know when registration officially opens next. We currently do not have a future schedule set. Sign up to be the first to know!

How is the course content delivered?

The course is conducted through live group meetings and recorded lesson content. Every two weeks we join a live, members only, online Zoom Call where we all interact and show our work in progress submissions. The Mentors review the work submitted and give feedback and advice on how to improve the shots or critical things to work on. This is a valuable and influential experience, as getting direct feedback from an experienced artist has always been the most beneficial way to learn.

The best part is - we go through this as a team, which means we all get to see each other's work, and cheer each other on and encourage others as we go forward, or help answer questions or share information, links and other resources. It really is the most valuable part of the course, having this camaraderie as we conquer every step of the Mentorship Course together.  All lessons are delivered in HD and can be watched streaming from any browser.

What is the difference between this course and other college level storyboarding courses out there?

This course, goes for a full year, with every module containing in-depth high-end lessons on subject matter not available anywhere else, online or anywhere. This course is by far the most robust course we've ever taught, whether it be online, or even private classes that we've taught at Lucasfilm, Siggraph, CTN, or many other events. I can honestly say nothing else out there is like this.

Colleges and universities try their best to give storyboarding classes or film classes but nothing out there will take you to the finish line with your portfolio. Plus tuition at these schools for one year can cost up to $30,000!! And you still don’t the skills you need to land a job.  

For typical university courses like this you are expected to pay something in the price range of $4,500 per term and not even all the classes will be visual storytelling related. The only way to get the kind of intense learning found inside the Mentorship is to get hired by the big studios and learn the hard way on the inside from other veteran artists... if they are willing to take the time to Mentor you. How can you land the jobs you want if you do not have insider access to veteran pros?

We solved that problem inside the Story Artist Mentorship. This is the best learning environment for Story Artists that we have found.

How much does the course cost?

We have two tiers where you can participate in the Mentorship. The standard Mentorship plan includes the full access to all materials for 1 year. The cost is $1995. Payment plans are available.

Our highest level tier is the 1 on 1 coaching option. Our coaching package includes everything in the standard plan plus  1 on 1 coaching from a Mentor each month for the full year. 

I live outside of the USA - what time are the course sessions held?

We have two live review sessions for the group to cover multiple time zones for users outside the USA.  The live reviews are scheduled during the weekdays on Thursday and Friday.  We try and make these sessions as accessible as possible this way no matter what time zone you're in, there will be a session that fits within your schedule.  Even if you miss a session, all sessions are recorded and posted to our private course archive.  

What software or set up do I need?

This course focuses mostly on story techniques that can be used with any software package and even the good ol' fashioned  way of pencil and paper. You do not need any special software for the course. That said, we will be talking about digital tools and techniques within different software packages throughout the course. This includes, Adobe suite, Photoshop, Autodesk Sketchbook, TVPaint, Blender, Maya, and Toonboom to name a few.

 You will also benefit greatly if you have a way to do digital drawings such as a tablet, ipad pro, Wacom Cintiq, or Microsoft surface. If none of that is available to you, you can still use traditional media like pencils and markers on paper. Simply scan them in or take hi res photos to share your progress in the Live Reviews. For any other questions about materials please contact us directly. 

 

How much time do I need to make the most of the Story Artist Mentorship?

This is a course where we can grow over time and improve but also keep up, rather than feeling overwhelmed. So this course is spaced out very carefully so things aren't too overwhelming and we can put in the needed amount of time to really make our work look great. This has been a very critical part of the design of the course - to ensure we do have time, even with family, work, and life commitments.

If you can spare at least 2 hours a week, you'll be able to make the most of this course. The more time you put in, the better, but a minimum of 2 hours every week is important. If you can't spare 2 hours each week, then maybe this course isn't right for you, or at least not right now until you're able to free up a bit more time.  

Sometimes life happens, and so we fall behind a little, but it's fairly easy to catch up again when our time frees up. Never feel stressed that you are behind if that is the case.  Just put in a bit of extra time and get back up to speed. We're all here to help each other. What makes this course great for keeping on track is that we are all going at our own pace, but we're all helping and motivating each other.

What is the best advice for going through the Story Artist Mentorship?

My best advice is to have an end goal. Whether it's to break into the industry, or to step up to bigger story teams, break into freelance, secure a full-time job, set up your own studio or make your own film. Whatever your goal is, have a clear goal before you start so you know where you want to go with the course. By having a goal and knowing where you are now, you can measure your success as you move forward and where to focus to really get there. Whether it's getting a new portfolio, or focusing on core areas you need to work on and better yourself, setting these goals now will guide you throughout the course,  and all of us can look back afterwards at how much we've grown a year from now.

Think forward a year, do you want to be where you are right now, or do you want a change in your career path?  If you are struggling to really come to terms with exactly what you want and need guidance, please message us directly. That's what we are here for. 

I'm looking for a new job will this help me?

Yes, even half of the way through the Story Artist Mentorship you will have a number of exercises that you can use in your portfolio to apply for jobs. Your story examples will reflect completing real sequences for visual storytelling using all of the latest techniques and approaches, demonstrating not only can you work on a narrative stories, but you can handle tough story assignments with confidence.  

Will this course work for me if I'm not yet in the industry or I'm still a student?

I love that we have a diverse group of artists in the Mentorship Course sessions.  Some artists have professional experience and others do not. What's exciting is to see the growth in artists and be there when they really feel like they get it and the information really clicks.  

By making an immersive course, a course that is ambitious and advanced, but explained thoroughly enough, it's going to be straight forward for you to follow even if you aren't yet in the industry. This is the course that will get you INTO the industry.  So even if you are a beginner you can still follow along. In addition, this is why we offer a 30-day guarantee. Try out the course, and if you don't love it, send us an email, show us you've done the exercises, and get 100% refund. No catch, no tricks.  

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