Lab details

A two-week session in which filmmakers and a veteran from the animation industry, Mike Cachuela (LAIKA< PIXAR, DW and many more ), will lecture on the topics of Mythology & Storytelling while also putting together a “writing 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.

During the first week, the participants will focus on lectures about Mythology and Storytelling, brainstorming and improving ideas for characters, story structures and acting on their own projects while practicing storytelling techniques. The second week will elaborate on these ideas through visual storytelling methods, mechanics and tools used in storyboarding.

NOTE: LAB means that participants bring their own materials (projects) to work on


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.


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.




Topics will be announced.



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.


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

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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
    10.-21.7. 2017 (10 days).
  • Mentor
    Mike Cachuela
  • 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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Mike Cachuela

Mike Cachuela’s multi-cultural San Diego childhood meant Sunday suppers could be Grandpa’s Filipino Chicken Adobo or Aunt Gloria’s sublime tamales.  His father’s Air Force career transplanted him from Vacaville, California to Montgomery, Alabama, Honolulu and Tokyo before landing at CalArts in 1988.  At CalArts Mike studied story under Joe Ranft and animation with Chris Buck.

In 1991 Mike joined the story team on Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.  A newly-created Skellington Studios and Nightmare Before Christmas came next followed by a small nascent group called PIXAR in Point Richmond for Toy Story.  James and Giant Peach, The Incredibles and Ratatouille followed.  Portland’s Vinton Studios brought him to Oregon where he became part of the creative team for the new stop-motion feature film studio LAIKA. He was a Development Director for nearly a decade.

The experience of working on many ground-breaking film projects has led to work and lectures around the world including China, Taiwan, Denmark and Brazil.  In addition to his own short films, two of which sold to Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation, Mike has sold story options to Lucas Films and LAIKA.

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