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The Story Artist Mentorship Program
A year long story intensive course with a team of
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.
Previous Participating Mentors
*Mentor participation subject to availability
Sergio is a founding member of the visual storytelling community StoryboardArt.org.
Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony, and Sega.
Warner Bros, Disney, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon. Currently an Episodic Director at Warner Bros.
Dreamworks, Laika, Lucasfilm, Paramount, Skybound, Sony
Warner Bros, Netflix, Cartoon Network, Marvel. Currently an Episodic Director at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros, Lucasfilm, Paramount. Currently an Supervising Director at Warner Bros.
Marvel, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Sony. Episodic Director on Star Wars Rebels.
Blue Sky, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Disney.
Kuko, Locksmith Animation, Pixar, Airbnb.
Disney, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Clone wars, Rebels Resistance.
Disney, Illumination, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Skybound. Dreamworks Director on Puss in Boots.
HERE'S WHAT PREVIOUS MENTORSHIP PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY...
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!!"
-Kylie Gay, now working at Disney TV
Mentorship Student Examples
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.