Get your new idea for animated films and series up and running.

13. 8. - 8. 9. 2023
5 projects New
6 weeks
intermediate to advance experience
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

from 1 300 EUR

per artist / lab

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With the aim to exploit the all-time high demand for animation content, we at ANOMALIA connect accomplished Hollywood veterans with young creators.  The goal? To lay the foundations for the quality and craftsmanship of audience-driven feature films and series.


How it works

The residential labs work seamlessly as a unified program based on the teamwork of small groups of artists who gather around a director and the project to work on. Teams are led by internationally recognized and experienced supervisors and will also include lectures and one-on-one consultations.

Prior to the residential labs, online lectures and homework with consultation with the mentor will take place via remote sessions. This is to ensure our mentor is familiar with your project and that you receive a series of questions and feedback before you join the lab. The homework also ensures everybody involved is on the same page before meeting in the lab.


Program includes

  • Storytelling lab by accomplished animation storytellers focusing on writing a story treatment.
  • Two art labs by accomplished animation artists focusing on exploring character design and world-building based on a story concept.
  • Professional supervision and consulting of your projects
  • Team collaboration with your colleagues and the mentor
  • Follow-up feedback to an international expert panel (distributors, producers…)


On completion of the lab you will

  • Develop the very heart of your story, explore characters, design a world,
  • Enhance your team-development processes and workflow,
  • Enhance your skills as storytellers and directors,
  • Gain valuable guidance from professionals through screenplay writing, art direction,
  • Get credibility for your project in the eyes of potential co-producers.


The Story lab is a residential meeting with a professional screenwriter, each director per day, to ensure the existing synopsis has all requirements to tell a story in 500 words. The collaborative session renders the necessary planning for each director for the following intensive labs.

Lab includes

  • Storytelling lectures by an accomplished animation professional writer
  • Professional supervision and consulting of your projects
  • Team collaboration with your colleagues and the mentor
  • Follow-up online project consulting with a supervisor after the residential lab
  • Follow-up presentation to an international expert panel (distributors, producers…)

At a glance

  • Length: 2-week residential
  • Dates: August 13 – 25, 2023
  • Location: Cesky Krumlov


You will start with characters based on your project from the Story Lab, and explore and develop their visual personalities, refining how they look individually and as an ensemble.

You will explore, refine and ultimately enhance the unique flavors of your characters and how they will best support and reinforce the stories they are telling.

Lesson plan


Staying loose and rough we begin the journey of discovering who your characters are and what they may look like.

  • Day 1: Overview – Introduction – Basic shapes & shape language – Blocking forms
  • Day 2: Silhouettes and poses
  • Day 3: Personalities and expressions – Archetypes
  • Day 4: Caricature (pushing and exaggerating shapes)
  • Day 5: Reference and Casting (working characters off of one another)


Developing your characters further and enhancing them through color, costume, and style.

  • Day 1: Style and Advanced shape language (creating a consistent world)
  • Day 2: Color (using color to support the emotional & psychological personalities of your characters)
  • Day 3: Costume (further enhancing your characters through wardrobe, hairstyle, etc.)
  • Day 4: Putting it all together (refining and finesse)
  • Day 5: Final touches – Presentation – Re-cap

Lab Includes

  • Character design and development of min of 2 key characters
  • Design and how-to design for animation lectures by an accomplished animation professional
  • Lectures and one-on-one consultations with the guest supervisor
  • Professional supervision, consulting, and art direction of your project
  • Team collaboration between your colleagues and the mentor as the essential learning experience
  • Gain valuable feedback from top design and animation artist

At a glance

  • Length: 2 weeks residential
  • Date: August 25 – September 8, 2023
  • Location: Cesky Krumlov


You will take a chunk of your story, a scene, which is scripted in the Story labs, and touch upon all the same things they would do to create the design packages necessary for production: storyboards, prop designs, environment designs, FX design, and shot plans.

At the end of the lab, you will have several art pieces showing your understanding of how to break down a portion of a film and design all the elements necessary to be able to move into production. The preference is to structure the experience as a pre-production of a small part of a big feature film, where you get to experience designing all aspects of production (props, sets, environments, characters, FX, etc.)

Lesson plan

In the first week, you will focus on designing a key environment within your narrative. You will create supplemental material that clearly shows your process and design choices. Everything from style and design to props, graphics, staging, composition, lighting, and color will be discussed.

The focus during the second week will be on using one of the design ideas to create a complete piece, which informs the following 3D artists on how to turn your vision into a production asset. At the end of the two weeks, you should have everything you need to finish an impressive pitch presentation of the project on your own.

Lab includes

  • develop images based on the concept prompts brought to the lab
  • create at least one pitch-ready portfolio image
  • discuss how designs will affect budgets and schedules and how other departments will use your designs in production.
  • enhance your visual art skills for storytelling
  • improve your team-development processes and workflow
  • gain valuable feedback from top concept artist

At a glance

  • Length: 2 weeks residential
  • Date: August 25 – September 8, 2023
  • Location: Cesky Krumlov

Who is it for

Directors, writers, art directors, concept artists.

Selection criteria

  • Presentation of a project idea
  • Motivational letter
  • Emphasis on career motivation and vision for a project

Fees and funding


  • 1 300 EUR per participating artist in one selected lab

Price includes

  • Participation fee for residential and online
  • Accommodation

General conditions

  • Possibility to pay in instalments.
  • We advise participants to apply for scholarships for participation fees and/or travel costs in their countries, as many public film funding bodies are usually supporting such training costs.
  • The fee covers the fee of the course. The fee does NOT include board and travel.

Funding for Czech employees and freelancers

Czech Labour Office (Úřad práce) offers to cover up to 85% of the course fee within the so-called POVEZ II project (Support of Vocational Training for Employees II). See the details and conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

The fee of 30% off the course price applies when canceling 45 days before the start of the course, into which one gets accepted.

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