• Breaking Through the Hollywood Primetime Animation System - ONLINE

Start Date July 15, 2020 12:00 PM

End Date August 13, 2020 02:00 PM

Thursdays, Bi-Weekly


Phone 18182591598

Breaking Through the Hollywood Primetime Animation System - ONLINE

Breaking Through!
Open to Teens, College Students, Recent Grads, and Professionals

Every Other THURSDAY

June 18, 2020 - August 13, 2020
12 pm - 2 pm LA
3pm - 5pm NYC
9pm - 11pm LONDON

If you want to work in the Prime Time TV Hollywood Studio System, then the studios are looking for a very specific set of skills. How do you know if your portfolio demonstrates those skills? Breaking Through with Director Brian Mainolfi is a series of lectures that seek to explain in explicit detail the necessary elements for different job classifications within the Prime Time TV Hollywood Studio System, and help you prepare your portfolio to best exhibit those skills.
Brian will present numerous examples from within each discipline to fully explain the workflow at a studio. You will learn specific job duties, and how to revamp your portfolio to demonstrate, specifically, what the studios are looking for.
The goal is to start you on the path to creating a portfolio that is more tailor-made to everyday work situations within a studio, and therefore make you more likely to be recruited.
Whether you’ve ever worked at a Prime Time TV Studio before, if you want to change job categories, or ‘level up’ your skills – Brian wants to help you prepare.
NOTE: Please buy your ticket at least 30 min early, as it takes the system 15-20 minutes for the system to send the registration Zoom link. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee you will be accepted into the session on time.
BRIAN MAINOLFI has been working in Hollywood for 28 years, for nearly every studio in town. He started as assistant to legendary director Chuck Jones, and has worked at Walt Disney, Dreamworks, and Universal Feature Animation on such films as Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Sinbad, and Curious George. In television, Brian has worked on a dozen shows including, The Simpsons, Dan Vs., The Boondocks, and American Dad. He directed the pitch pilot for Duncanville, and is currently directing Paradise PD for Netflix. Click here for more about Brian Mainolfi.
FREE Introductory Event
Ask-Me-Anything with Brian Mainolfi
June 11, 2020, 12 pm - 1 pm PDT
An 'AMA' introduction session to the BREAKING THROUGH series.  Brian Mainolfi will introduce himself, discuss his background, current projects, and answer general audience questions for anything and everything you would like to ask!  Ask away!


Series Schedule

01 Primetime TV Character Design
June 18, 2020, 12 pm - 2 pm PDT
The daily duties of a studio character designer probably aren’t what you think. We will go over every aspect of the job, with detailed examples, so you know what to include, and what NOT to include, in your portfolio. 
02 Primetime TV Storyboarding
July 2, 2020, 12 pm - 2 pm PDT
In animation, storyboarding breaks down into Feature and Television, with Television broken down further into Primetime, Premise, and Action. This class will focus on Primetime storyboarding, which has recently boomed with the rise of internet streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Max, Apple, and Amazon.
03 Perspective for Primetime TV Animation
July 16, 2020, 12 pm - 2 pm PDT
I get it – doing perspective is like doing Algebra. There are lots of rules and it’s not fun. But you will constantly be graded on it, and turning in storyboards or designs with wonky perspective can get your test thrown in the reject pile. This class explains, in a fun and straightforward way, the why and how-to perspective rules that will make your boards and designs shine. This class is specific to animation, with an emphasis on forced and orthographic perspective rules.
04 Storyboarding Categories: Feature vs. Television
July 30, 2020, 12 pm - 2 pm PDT
Story artists must be masters at every aspect of animation and film. But different projects require different skills. Just as you wouldn’t audition with a musical theater piece for a dramatic television role, each category of storyboarding requires different elements from your portfolio. This class will explain the difference between boarding for features and television, and the nuances within television between Primetime, Action, and Premise based shows.
05 Primetime TV Concept Design / Background Design / Prop design
August 13, 2020, 12 pm - 2 pm PDT
To be a Concept Designer, Background Designer, or Prop Designer is to create the World. But what exactly are the daily duties for these positions? I have seen beautifully drawn background tests be rejected because the artist missed practical points, and on a production there simply isn’t time to teach these skills. This class will reveal the practical, necessary, daily routines you need that, when combined with your artistry, will demonstrate your ability to do the job.
RULES:  Please note that it is prohibited to record, photograph, screenshot or distribute talks and demo's of this Online Session on any other platform. Please be respectful to the artist and the other participants in this stream.
NOTE: Please buy your ticket at least 30 min early, as it takes the system 15-20 minutes for the system to send the registration Zoom link. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee you will be 
accepted into the session on time.