Lab details

A two-week session in which filmmakers and a veteran from the animation industry, Jim Cappobianco (PIXAR), tbc, will lecture on the topics of Storytelling while also putting together a “development room” – a creative environment aimed at supporting the development of story concepts as the basis for new animated projects – in which participants can immediately apply new inspirations and storytelling tools to their projects.



The residential workshop is based on team work of small groups of participants. Each will be led by an internationally recognised and experienced supervisor and will also include lectures and one-on-one consultations with the guest supervisor.

Teams will have a storyboarding student available to them as a craftsman to help with boarding story ideas.

Following the residential workshops online consultation with the supervisor will take place as required.

After the residential workshops and subsequent consultations with the supervisor, projects will be presented for feedback to a three-member international expert panel composed of producers and distributors.



To support the development of high-quality story ideas and concepts in the initial development stage and thereby increase the ability of young filmmakers, creatives or brands to succeed with their projects in a highly competitive environment.



There is increasing demand for new original stories to be produced as series, feature films and as cross-media projects.

The lab aims to create a focused environment and the necessary conditions for the development of skills, and to boost the development of participants’ projects under the guidance of an experienced professional.



In order to be eligible for the lab, you need to submit your project idea as a synopsis of no more than 500 words max. along with your registration.



  • Portfolio – expertise and experience in the field
  • Priority given to animators and artists
  • Motivational letter
    Emphasis on career motivation and vision
  • Own project
    Participants’ involvement is conditional on their having a project of their own
  • Own creative team
    Teams of at least two or more will receive priority
  • Participation in both Story & Art workshops



Blog #8: a quick look behind the scenes of ANOMALIA 2016 STORY LAB

Blog #5: ANOMALIA as a safety bubble

Blog #2: John Nevarez sharing his perspective on our story work in progress

Blog #9: účast českých tvůrců ve STORY LABu

Interested in the lab?

Don’t miss your chance. Registration deadline by April 30th!

  • Duration
    Summer 2018 (10 days).
  • Mentor
    Jim Cappobianco, tbc
  • Skill level
    all levels
  • Price
    670 EUR / 17 970 CZK

    Price includes VAT. In case of EUR/CZK exchange rate should change, the fee in EUR is derived from CZK currency.
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Jim Cappobianco


Jim went off to CalArts in 1987 to become an animator. It was the largest class of students at that time. His classmates there included Pete Docter and Ash Brannon. Joe Ranft, who was teaching there, really opened the door to Jim to look at other aspects of animation, including a stronger focus on story.

Jim graduated from CalArts in 1991 with a BFA in character animation and applied at Disney and was hired into their story department shortly after graduation. He worked on various films at Disney including The Lion KingThe Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia 2000.

In 1997 Jim left Disney to join Pixar.  He worked as a story artist on A Bug’s Life and contributed story material to Toy Story 2. He continued to help shape the story of such films as Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo.

In 2001, Jim helped craft the screenplay for Ratatouille and was a constant presence on the production from its earliest days to Brad Bird joining the production after Jan Pinkava’s departure. His hard work was rewarded as Jim received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Jim had an idea while working on Ratatouille to do a humorous, edutainment documentary on the history of rats. He began writing down ideas and when it came time to put together the DVD/Blu-ray features, Jim presented his idea as a “Ward Kimball type” 2D presentation. With the help of Teddy Newton (character design) and Nate Wragg (production design), Your Friend the Rat received a 2008 Annie Award for Best Animated Short.

Jim’s next assignment was the remarkable end credits for Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E. In addition to being fun/creative, they also needed to wrap up the story and show what happens to the characters. It was widely regarded as an artistic and storytelling triumph. He also did some story work on Pete Docter’s 2009 film, Up.

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