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Welcome to Story Xperiential!

Week 1: What if...

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • We are all storytellers.
  • "What if..." is a great exercise to get you out of your logical brain space and spark your imagination.
  • Telling stories takes a great deal of work and requires lots of iterations.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1 hour of Brainstorming  
1 hour of Drawing & Writing
1 hour to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Brainstorm “What if…” ideas to spark possibilities for your story.
 
Make a simple presentation of your 3 favorite ideas.
Give feedback on 3 submissions.

Here's an Outline of the Program

Week 2: Character

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • How to create a character the audience cares about.
  • Who your character is internally vs externally.
  • What their wants vs needs are. What obstacles, challenges, and emotions they experience.
  • A Character Arc is the evolution your character goes through during the course of your story.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
2 hours of Character Development Exercises
 1 hour of Drawing & Writing
1 hour to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Develop a profile of your story’s main character that presents the following information:

The character's name is: ______

On the outside, they look like: ______

On the inside, they are: ______

What they want most is: ______

What stops them from getting what they want is: ______

What they need to learn is: ______

Week 3: Art

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Introduction to Visual Language: Line, Shape, Tone, Color, Space, and Motion.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1 hour of Art Exercises
1-2 hours of Drawing
ASSIGNMENT
Roughly sketch your story's character in their world.

Week 4: Outline

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Story structure is made up of Major Beats, which are the most important moments in your story that make up Act 1, 2 & 3. 
  • The Theme or Moral is what the character needs to learn by the end of the story.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
2-3 hours of Writing
1-2 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Create an outline of your short story using the Story Spine:
Once upon a time...
Every day...
Until one day...
Because of that...
Because of that...
Because of that...
Until finally...
And ever since then...
The moral of the story is...

Week 5: Act 1

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Minor Beats are the series of events that support each Major Beat.
  • How to use Storyboarding Techniques.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1-2 hours of Writing
1-2 hours of Storyboarding
1-2 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Flesh out and sketch the Minor Beats of Act 1 in your story.

Week 6: Act 2

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • How to use Visual Language, Action, and/or Narration to tell your story effectively.
  • How to use Shot Types to best frame a scene.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1-2 hours of Writing
2-3 hours of Storyboarding
1-3 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Flesh out and sketch the Minor Beats of Act 2 in your story.
Make a Storyreel of Acts 1 + 2. (reuse your Act 1 from the previous week unless you've made changes)

Weeks 7/8: Act 3

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • What makes a successful Act 3. 
  • What your protagonist will learn and how they will demonstrate that.
  • How the world will change and what the audience will feel at the end.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1-2 hours of Writing
2-3 hours of Storyboarding
1-3 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Flesh out and sketch the Minor Beats of Act 3 in your story.
Create a Storyreel of all three Acts.

Week 9: Editing & Pacing

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Learning to manage your time.
  • How Sound & Music can enhance your Storytelling.
  • Experience is the best way to improve.
TIME COMMITMENT
(2 weeks)
1 hour Livestream
1 hour of Writing
3-4 hours of Storyboarding
2-3 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Fix any remaining issues and finish your final Storyreel for the Exhibition. 
Add sound effects and music.(optional)

Final Exhibition

What's Next?
We will continue to give you ongoing access to all the content and galleries in this course.
 
Share your work widely and continue interacting with our community on the website or join our Discord.
Thank you so much for joining us on this Wonderful Adventure! We wish you well on all your future endeavors!
Exhibition Website
We will create a public Exhibition page with ALL final submissions.
 
The Awards Ceremony is a 30-minute video which will go live at 5pm PT/8pm ET on Friday, Dec 9th.
 
All participants who submit a final Storyreel by Friday, Dec 9th will earn a Story Xperiential Certificate of Completion.
How it Works
Users will vote on each other's work to determine User Choice Awards on Dec 4-5th
 
If you upload later than Dec 3rd, you cannot be considered for User Choice Awards.
We award both Storyreels as well as individuals who give great feedback throughout the program.
(SYSTEM USE)

Congratulations to our Fall 2022 community -- you did it!


Our new & improved platform opens March 1st, 2023

Come back and bring a friend or two to join you

Important Announcements

For our Fall 2022 participants, thanks for an amazing session!


  • Share your storyreel & the Exhibition pages with your friends, family & network -- tag storyxperiential when you do!

  • Your Certificates of Completion are ready. Go to your Progress Report from My Account page and check your download folder.

  • Please complete our EXIT SURVEY, so we can continue to improve the program. We love hearing from you!

Program Notes
  • X in a Box
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Discord
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • X in a Box
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Discord
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
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Week 8
Week 8 Gallery
Week 7
Week 7 Gallery
Week 6
Week 6 Gallery
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Every week follows the same pattern:
Livestream, Self-paced work, Upload, Feedback.
(we recommend you block out at least 4-5 hours per week to succeed in this program)
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Livestream @ 5pm PST
Submit work in progress
Self-paced work
Submit work in progress
Self-paced work 
Submit work in progress
Self-paced work
Give/Receive Feedback
  • Monday: 1-hour YouTube livestream with Pixar storytellers, 5pm PT/8pm ET (we post recordings)
  • Tuesday - Thursday: Work independently supported by the weekly content & community
  • Friday - Sunday: Upload your work in progress to the weekly gallery
  • Next Monday: Give & receive feedback on peers' work in the weekly gallery

A big welcome to our Alpha School, Hillbrook School, and Summit Schools students joining us in 2023. We're so glad to have you in the program!

If you have any questions or need assistance, we are here for you 24/7 at help@storyxperiential.com.

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