Associate Professor ALEX MANN Born and raised in Southern California, Alex is the son of actress Catherine Mann and award-winning Hollywood film director, Daniel Mann. He attended the Windward School in Santa Monica, CA. Upon graduating high school, Alex was a summer intern at The Walt Disney Studios where he worked with many brilliant Disney veterans during the production of The Rescuers.
Alex attended film school at California Institute of the Arts after being awarded a Disney Fellowship. He studied character animation and screenwriting under the tutelage of animation director Jack Hannah, and legendary British filmmaker Alexander 'Sandy' Mackendrick. After receiving his BFA from Cal-Arts, he worked in story development for producer Robert Joseph at Universal Studios. Later, Alex was recruited by Hyperion Pictures to work on the award-winning animated feature, The Brave Little Toaster.
The Walt Disney Studios hired Alex to co-write and co-direct, the Annie nominated, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. In addition, he worked on early story development for Disney’s Frozen. Alex was instrumental in creating the final script for Mickey’s Philharmagic, a co-production between Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. The project features 3D animation from many of Disney’s classic animated movies, notably: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin and Peter Pan. The attraction is a resounding success with audiences at Disney Park’s around the world.
Over the years, Alex has had the pleasure of working as a writer, director and story artist for Sony Pictures Animation, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, and Nickelodeon on many popular animated movies and television shows - highlights include: The Goofy Movie, Oliver and Co., Space Jam, Lilo and Stitch 2, Treasure Planet, Curious George, Tinker Bell, and Planes. Alex has taught dramatic construction and film grammar to character animation students in the Entertainment Design School at Art Center College of Design. In addition to his membership in The Animation Guild, Alex is a member of The Writers Guild of America.
Master Class Story Program
BLOCK A and BLOCK B
May 9 - October 24, 2022
23 weeks total
BLOCK A - Dramatic Construction
May 9 - August 8, 2022
(Note: You can take Block A only.)
BLOCK B - Film Grammar
August 22 - October 24, 2022
Mondays, 6 pm - 9 pm
847 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Colleges and short-format online classes are in abundance, promising you that you will get what you need in only a few hours or a couple of semesters. But in reality, you'll need more. Alex believes that telling stories is a way of life, a way of seeing, not just a job, or an achievement in school. True storytelling involves more than just a few hours. This new long-format experience gives you the time needed to mature your talents, and connect with a community of storytellers. Surround yourself with other creators just as passionate and focused on telling stories as you are, with a drive and commitment that creates an environment for success.
This is a college-level course that Alex Mann taught at Art Center College of Design in the Entertainment Design Animation Track for 4 years, but with the addition of real-world elements, such as screenings with analysis, guests (based on availability), and community. In a unique in-person writer's environment, Alex combines the master class curriculum that includes analysis, reviews, and guidance, with time for one-on-one mentoring.
Whether in addition to your current schooling, or instead of school, you will experience how to see and tell stories for animation, live action, features, or shorts, plus have access to additional one-on-one mentorship along the way.
Now is your chance to work directly with Writer, Director, and Story Artist Alex Mann!
This program is your doorway to discovering the process of seeing how your stories can resonate with an audience. Get direction, and be a part of the story community! It is a process that you will use and build on for the rest of your life.
Open to aspiring writers, story artists, directors, and others who possess the passion, dedication, and drive needed to create your own feature short-film story outline, and later, an animatic.
Element 1 - Dramatic Construction
BLOCK A: Weekly, in-person meetups with the other members of the story team. The first 13 weeks will be engaged in dramatic construction, where you will focus on the fundamentals of story structure, character development, and theme, giving you the principles for problem solving story solutions in your own personal or professional work. This program will help you see results fast!
Element 2 - Film Grammar
BLOCK B: After a short break in the course, Alex continues with 9 weeks of weekly in-person meetups. This second section will focus on film grammar, with an emphasis on learning cinematic fundamentals culminating in creating a performance based short animatic. Through analyzing classic Hollywood movies, lectures, and topic specific handouts, we will gain insights into visual/visceral storytelling. CTN will create a private Facebook group for the team, to post their animatics and connect in-between meetings. Included are one-on-one coaching sessions with the mentor, Alex Mann.
Element 3 - Producer Show
This 22-week course ascends the mountain with you having an opportunity to have your 'animatic' shown in the story room of the Producers Show in November 2022, at the CTN animation eXpo. (Not all animatics are chosen. Everyone is invited. Ticket to the eXpo is included.)
BLOCK A and B:
18 years or older
Must speak and understand English well.
A passion for visual storytelling.
BLOCK B only:
Knowledge of a visual storytelling software. Choice of specific software preference is up to you! (Photoshop, Storyboard Pro, Harmony, etc.)
Bring your own equipment. (Laptop, tablet, etc.)
Drawing Required. College-level drawing skills are needed to create a short animatic at the conclusion of this program.
You will want to put in 15 hours per week of extra time on your project, to always be prepared for the following week.
This Master Class Program is In-Person
Entire Program Duration: May 9, 2022 - October 24, 2022
Block A: Dramatic Construction - May 9, 2022 - August 8, 2022
Block B: Film Grammar - August 22, 2022 - October 24, 2022
Every Monday, 6 pm - 9 pm
Sign up for the full course Block A and B, OR sign up for Block A only. VIEW OPTIONS
Course culminates with an industry story room 'Producers Show' and Wrap Party, held at the prestigious Creative Talent Network Animation eXpo (CTNX 2022), November 17-20, 2022, in the animation capital of the world - Burbank CA. (Not all animatics are chosen. Everyone is invited. Ticket to CTNX 2022 is included.) Reserve your Hotel Room now for CTNX 2022 before they sell out: HOTEL RESERVATION
Student Discounts Available. Enquire using the contact us form and tell us what ticket and event you are registering for.
The CTN Foundation is awarding a limited number of full scholarship seats to this program.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP:
Click the apply button and fill out the application. This application is for a scholarship seat in this program awarded by the CTN Foundation. (Limited number of scholarships are awarded)