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Designing a story - from idea to execution

#**Designing a story - from idea to execution** A good story is the foundation of a successful artwork. In the next 5 weeks, you will learn how to turn an idea into a fully developed visual story. We will learn how to identify themes in a story, how to choose the right directing approach, design, sketch, develop the right mood and create a memorable narrative experience for our audience. We will focus on developing analytical thinking, self assessment and give the right tools for the student to grow as a storyteller. **_Who is this course for:_** This course is for anyone who is interested in any type of visual storytelling: Animation filmmakers, graphic novel artists, illustrators, game cinematics artists, live action directors and storyboard artists. The students will choose the field they are interested to work in, and will receive specifically constructed assignments according to their artistic goals. **_What you will get:_** -A weekly personal online meeting (1-1.5 hours) with feedback -Weekly assignments **_Topics covered:_** -How to come up with ideas for a story -Developing believable characters with real emotions and needs -Directing a story -How to use composition and light to achieve a desirable emotional response **_Course outcome:_** By the end of the course, the students will have a fully developed project for their portfolio, or a presentable pitch for potential publishers and investors. So if you are an artist and you want to learn how to impact your audience better, or if you have an idea for a story and you want the right guidance to develop it, or if you are interested in storytelling and have no idea where to start, this course is for you. *this class is open to all levels, from beginners to pros. **The students should have at least a basic ability to visually express ideas (sketching, 3d, photography, etc.). It's fine if you are not a master draftsman yet, but you should feel comfortable expressing yourself visually.


  • CategoryMentorship


  • Concept Art
  • Animation
  • VFX
  • Directing
  • VR / AR
  • Matte Painting
  • 3D
  • Sketching
  • Illustration
  • Traditional Painting
  • Character Design
  • Semi Realistic Cartoon
  • Business side of Art
  • Comic Art

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Other

Communication Availability

  • Email
  • Text Messages
  • Phone Call
  • In Person Meeting
  • Online Meeting Tools
  • Other

Reviews (2)

  • CG

    This mentorship with Niv Spigel was a game-changer for me. He helped building up/integrating story in my art. He really took care about my artistic level and expanded it by asking the right questions and helping me to not only deepen the story but also put a frame on the story to not get lost. He also gave me insights as a filmmaker about how emotional impact can be created by an artist. The mentorship helped me find out weak points on my own and with his help ways and techniques to improve in visual storytelling. We always communicated on the same level which made it very easy to feel comfortable during the course.

    Christian GNovember 2023

  • Shannon Curran

    I am SO glad I took this course! it really made me think critically in how to tell a story. From idea right down to how to compose an image, Niv is great at communicating his thoughts effectively. Everything in the class was very easy to understand. I could definitely tell he is very passionate and loves storytelling and teaching! I highly recommend this course to anyone who want to get better at storytelling and even in a broader sense-a better artist. Thank you!

    Shannon CDecember 2020