Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

The art of storytelling

Christian Roman (Pixar Animation Studios)
1:15pm Friday, 01/22/2016
The new fundamentals
Location: Festival Pavilion - Main Stage
Average rating: ****.
(4.65, 20 ratings)

We all tell stories. We need stories. Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways of conveying information. Not simply an important creative tool for filmmakers and authors, storytelling is a fundamental communication skill that provides meaning and context to all aspects of life.

Christian Roman delves into why we all need stories and explains exactly what it is that makes certain stories great. Collaboration is integral to the process of successful storytelling in animation, so he’ll also demonstrate engaging ways to collaborate that can get you beyond obstacles in your own projects and produce new creative ideas. There will be audience participation (and maybe some crying) as you learn how to nurture a culture of storytelling and creative success in your own work and life.

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Christian Roman

Pixar Animation Studios

Christian Roman has been involved in telling stories with animation since 1994. He got his start as a storyboard artist and supervisor on The Simpsons. He then helped create and direct two shows for the Disney Channel, Fillmore! and American Dragon: Jake Long, and worked on several other shows, including Felix the Cat, King of the Hill, Lilo and Stitch, and eventually The Simpsons Movie. In 2007, Christian finally landed at Pixar Animation Studios to work on Toy Story 3. Today, he continues to craft engaging and entertaining stories at Pixar. He has taught classes on story at several schools, including Laguna College of Art and Design, the Animation Collaborative, and Bridges Animation Academy, and has been a featured speaker at Stanford University, Ancestry.com, and Epsilon SF.

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