Act 1: The Story Begins
Title: Act 1: The Story Begins.
Hosted by The Creative Talent Network
Join this eclectic group of professional story artists as they take us step by step through the world of creating visual stories. The challenges they face and the inspiration that drives them. Do they simply illustrate scripts? How do they work with the writers? How much input do they have? What is their relationship with the directors? At the end of the day who wrote the story, the board artist or the writer? Let’s listen in on this round table discussion with animations leading story artists in Act1: The Story Begins.
Afraid of anything that smacked of real work, Mr. Morris learned to draw and how to tell stories visually. This launched his career at the Walt Disney Studios as an animator, and he subsequently used his unique visuals and storytelling ability to get into the Disney Animation Story Department.
Panelist Alex Hirsch seen here smoking a cigar made from endangered panda skin, is a feared and loathed titan of industry who once called Chuck Jones a communist to his face and won a drinking contest against a champion racehorse.
Actually, Alex Hirsch is a 25-year old writer, board artist, and director who has done story work for Cartoon Network, Laika, Disney TV, Pixar, and JibJab. His career highlights include pitching bad puns to John Lasseter, touching Weird Al Yankovic’s hair, directing two pilots, and providing the voice of a female clam for Disney TV’s “Fish Hooks.” Currently he is wrapping production on the pilot for his first TV series, “Gravity Falls”, which, according to industry gossip, is going to be the greatest show ever made in the history of television. (And that includes Man Vs. Food)
In his spare time Alex enjoys posing for black and white pictures and writing biographies about himself in the third person.
Panelist Fergal Reilly was five he had his imagination ignited by a master storyteller, his grandmother. She would sit by the fire and tell the ‘most amazing ghost stories ever.’ He learned from her that the best storytellers search the mists of the imagination and are not afraid to get lost. His grandmother also gave him his first book of magic.
He remembers drawing characters and stories on the back of old used typing paper his mother would bring home from the office, and tearing open cereal boxes creating dioramas with a ‘bic’ pen for his fantasy cardboard characters.
Fergal arrived in Hollywood from Ireland at the age of nineteen to work as an inbetweener and animation apprentice for the Disney feature The Rescuers Down Under. Since then he has worked as an animator, designer, director and story artist in live-action, traditional and CG animated feature films.
He has worked as a storyboard artist for Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros, and Sony/Columbia Pictures, with such directors as Sam Raimi, Brad Bird, Jon Favreau, Barry Levinson, Rob Minkoff and the Farrelly Brothers.
He has also taught advanced story development at the California Institute of the Arts, and has lectured on visual storytelling at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and Ringling College of Art and Design.
His film credits include The Iron Giant, Spiderman 2, Stuart Little, Walt Disney’s The Haunted Mansion and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Fergal currently works as head of story and director in development at Sony Pictures Animation, and he still performs magic.