Monday, February 04, 2008


Started this semester teaching VISUAL STORYTELLING at CCA. Up to my third week now, I think its going well, you'd have to ask my students what they think. each week is a 2 part assignment. watch the assigned movie and do a drawing assignment. so far they've watched 'Man who would be King' and this week 'Mad Max'. I have so much to teach and show its hard to figure out exactly what and since they are all beginners to really keep things basic at first. I'm working on teaching story hand in hand with boarding.

So I get my own apple thanks.

-special thanks to Dice Tsutsumi for the apple painting workshop-

Mandrews out


Blogger daveau82 said...

Oh man, anything to take that class of yours Mark. Unfortunately I'm in southern California. Still greatful for those days in ACME years ago though. I hope your students are soaking up all that info you're giving them.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Cool to hear you're teaching! Good luck with the classes, Mark :)

4:16 PM  
Blogger Sant Arellano said...

Hey Mark,

I'm looking around for degrees in the US and other countries. I'm going to be out of animation school soon, and I would like to focus on keep learning drawing and painting. Is the CCA good in those areas?

4:29 PM  
Blogger Thomas von Kummant said...

I would wish we could have a teacher like you here in Germany, Marc!!
I hope you enjoy teaching. I´m sure your students do.

5:22 PM  
Blogger THE SIR said...

awesome! i'm so glad you are teaching story writing with visual storytelling. i feel that should be the only to teach boarding, cause then you have reasons for why you would choose the shots that you are using, purpose. cool, i wish i could take it.

10:46 PM  
Blogger mnmears said...


Somehow it's easy to picture you teaching ... You have great stories, enthusiasm, a love of your craft, and a great booming voice.

Hope you're enjoying every minute of it -- and inspiring your students the same way Joe Ranft and the best of your teachers inspired you.

10:00 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Daveau82---- they are soaking it up all right- hooray ACME!!!!

Dave---- thanks man so for so good 5 weeks in.

Thomas von Kummmant----I do too teaching in germany would be a blast!!! I am enjoying teaching and I think the students are. How goes things? Shoot me an email and lets catch up!!!

the sir----absolutely, they should be taught in tandem however its hard to do that. Its easier to have classes a little more specialized and stream lined for students and teachers. My class is well, insane. Lots of concepts and lots of assignments.

Mandrews out

8:30 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

The Man Who Would Be King was a favorite of mine as a kid!

11:47 AM  
Blogger mnmears said...

Hey Mark,
CongRATulations on the recognition by your peers with all the ANNIE awards for "Ratatouille" and "Your Friend the Rat."

9:39 PM  
Blogger Rohit said...

Hey Mandrews!

Great to hear that you're teaching these days. Just wanted to know how you find it different from your usual line of work.

What are the challenges and your approach? In a creative field it's risky to actually "teach" anything I think.

Keeping that in mind, how do you set up courses and assignments? Just curious.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Benjamin von Eckartsberg said...

From one evening drinking with you in Annecy I can tell that you must be one hell of an entertaining teacher.
And "The man who would be king" for me is one of THE adventure movies of all times.Good choice to open class with that one.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Ronan McDermott said...

Good luck with the teaching. I hope you post what other films you assign your class to watch. It'd be interesting to see what other films you pick as must watch films for story/storyboarding.
Now i must go and watch Man Who Would Be King.

11:04 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Urban bararian----- still a favorite of mine

mnmears------ thanks man.

rohit------- its one thing to do what you do but to teach what you do is something entirly different, which is why I do it. what is my process? how do I break down a story to then build it visually? Teaching helps me figure out how I do these things and that knowledge is imparted to the strudents.

I find the only way you can learn is by doing. so its lots of assignments lots of crituiques and watching a lot of movies and talking about them.

Do or do not, there is no try.

Benjamin von Eckartsberg------ ahhhh, Annecy. Gonna have to meet you out there again for some more drinking

Ronan McDermott------- currently the class has been assigned to watch "Mad Max' by George Miller and "the Duellists" by Ridley Scott. this week they'll be assigned to watch the 'quiet man' John Ford

Mandrews out

8:35 PM  
Blogger Juanma said...

hey Andrews I didnt Know you had a blog! I saw you on Nate´s links
nice apple lighting student!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Ale said...

Congratulations on the mentoring Mark, sounds like you're really enjoying that!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

Hey Mark...

My first year of Grad school at the academy of art in San Francisco you gave a short lecture on storytelling. It was really inspiring and, seeing as how I'm trying to reboard my thesis and another short film, I could use some more inspiration. Any way you'd be willing to give us another pep talk?

2:19 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Graham----- sure thing. just say when!


7:52 PM  
Blogger potato farm girl said...

Yay teaching! I'm glad you are still passing your knowledge on. I remembered the other day when you showed eva01 smashing stuff up in class. Mwa ha ha, I am a mysterious former student!!

11:21 PM  

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