Storytelling Through the Lens with Richard Taylor
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High-quality cinematography and camera design in animation stems from the basic principles of photography. Learn lighting basics, camera angles, frame composition, focal length, aspect ratios, frame rates, depth of field, contrast and affinity, vignetting, lens filters, lens effects and how these principles can enhance animation cinematography. The course will also include the basics of camera choreography (camera movement).
Photography and Camera Design for Animators
Sunday, August 11, 2019, 2 pm - 5 pm
All we see is light. The principals of photography and cinematography are based on the understanding of how to capture and style light with a camera, lenses and camera movement. In this class the student will learn lighting basics, frame composition, camera angles, lenses, lens filters, lens effects, depth of field, frame rates and camera choreography (camera movement), The class will learn how  the understanding of these principals can be applied to animation and game camera cinematography. Properly applied photography gives a production unity, style and mood. The old adage that “ A picture is worth a thousand words,” is directly correlated to the use of well-applied photographic principals. 
Raffle to win a complimentary 4-day passport to CTNX2019 included.
Film Design
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2 pm - 5 pm
Students will learn the relationship between visual design elements and storytelling. Film design is understanding that everything in the frame has emotional and storytelling significance. Every detail is information that will be read, consciously or unconsciously by the audience. The basic visual components of Space, Line and Shape, Tone, Color, Movement and Rhythm will be explored. The primary tools for this exploration will be the study of the creative excellence of time-tested American and foreign films. Some of these principles are thousands of years old; others are the result of newly evolved technologies. The class will learn how the understanding of psychology, fine art composition, stage plays, musicals and art history are employed in a films design. Visual structure allows one to communicate moods and emotions and give a production unity and style and most importantly it is the critical relationship in conveying a story.
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Visual Story
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2 pm - 5 pm
An overview of the principles of visual design and how visual elements     express story, emotion, and personal vision in motion pictures and other related mediums. The course will include the creative and practical overview of various filmmaking disciplines including storyboarding, directing actors, cinematography, lighting, scene blocking, sound effects, music and production design. Students will learn how giving the characters and the world they inhabit a precisely designed physical reality can emphasize the dramatic curve of a story. The student will learn how these principals apply to motion pictures, television shows, short films, documentaries, commercials, computer games and music videos be they live action, animated or computer generated. The understanding of these principals is essential in creating a dramatic and involving story. 
Raffle to win a complimentary 4-day passport to CTNX2019 included.
Meal Included.
CTN Studio
847 Hollywood Way #100
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 827-7138
Richard Winn Taylor II DGA, VES Richard Taylor has an extensive background in live action direction, production design, special effects, and computer generated images for theatrical films, television commercials, computer games and VR formats.
Richard began his career as an artist and holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah. He began making short films in 1965 and in 1967 he co-created Rainbow Jam, a multi-media light show and graphics company. Rainbow Jam toured with The Grateful Dead and regularly preformed concerts at The Family Dog, The Fillmore, The Winterland and other concert venues with bands such as Santana, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Crosby Stills and Nash. 
1971: Awarded The Cole Porter Fellowship to USC where he earned his Masters Degree in Photography. 
1973: Joined Robert Abel and Associates, the pioneer TV commercial graphics/special effects studio, where he served six years as art director/director, He won four Clio awards for his work on the 7UP Bubbles, 7UP Uncola and Levi’s Trademark commercials. He directed promotional films and network graphics for ABC, CBS, and NBC and designed new theatrical logos for CBS and Columbia Pictures. While at the Abel Studio Richard worked for Paramount Pictures on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where he supervised the storyboarding of the film and designed and supervised the building of the miniatures including The Enterprise. 
1980: Becomes the Creative Director at Information International Inc. (III) was one of the first companies to create computer-generated images for film and television. While at III Richard designed and directed the special effects for Looker, a Michael Crichton feature and became the co-effects director of the innovative special effects and computer-generated images for Walt Disney’s Tron, the film that introduced the world to computer simulation. 
1987: Moved to Apogee Production Inc. where he launched the internationally acclaimed 7UP Spot campaign. The 7UP commercial Baseball won the CLIO for Best Live Action/Animation Combination and the spots Teacher Lounge and Christmas both won Best Director at the International Monitor Awards. 
1992: Joined with director David Dryer to form Dryer/Taylor Productions, where he directed campaigns for Duracell, McDonalds, Warner Bros., and Disney. Richard won three Clio’s, two Hugo’s and two Mobius Awards while at Dryer/Taylor. 
1998 - 2000: Richard directed for Rhythm & Hues Commercial Division expanding his clientele to include Disney Cruise Lines, UPS, Honda, Bud Light, Intel, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Census 2000. 
2002: Moved into the gaming industry. Initially he became Cinematic Director for Microsoft Gaming Studios. While there he designed and directed the cinematic sequences and the marketing trailers for Top Spin, Amped 2 and Links 
2003: Becomes the Cinematic Director at Electronic Arts Los Angeles where he directed the cinematic sequences for Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Kane’s Wrath and Command & Conquer, Red Alert 3 and Red Alert 3 Uprising. He was nominated four times by the Academy of Interactive Media and The Visual Effects Society for Best Cinematics in a Video Game. Command & Conquer 3 won Strategy Game of the Year in 2008. 
2008: Richard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. 
2009 – 2019: Richard has worked freelance through his own company XLNT FX Inc. He has designed and directed multiple projects at Yu+Co including trailers for the Ubisoft games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smashup and Call of Juarez, the Cartel. He designed and directed 3D projects including the end title sequence for Shrek 4 and a new logo for 3ality. His Turner Classic Movie 31 Days of Oscars won a Gold and Two Silvers in the 2010 BDA Awards. HIs Showtime Energy Logo won the Gold for Logo Design/Network Channel at the BDA awards. 
He has created a diverse range of work for themed entertainment, VR and special venues including a commission for the Bradley International Terminal at LAX. He recently finished an extensive animation piece for the Gurdjieff Foundation.
Richard has been a member of the DGA (Directors Guild of America) for 34 years. He has been the Vice-Chair of the VES (Visual Effects Society) In 2014 he became an Honorary Fellow of the VES. Presently Richard is Co-Creator and Creative Director of TruVue a a new 3D VR format using hi-resolution LED to create photo-real imaging for theater, gaming and themed entertainment venues. 
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