Develop the design of characters within the context of a story

12. - 23. 8. 2024
5 projects
10 days
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

2 500 EUR

in one lab

20% Off

when submitting a project in 2 or 3 labs

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The lab is focused on development of the design of characters within the context of a story. Whether your project needs to start designing compelling characters from scratch or your existing characters need polish, this lab will efficiently deliver what your project needs. The ability to communicate ideas on a project quickly and efficiently is the key to competitiveness.

On Completion of This Lab, You Will End Up With:

  • Up to 4 fully developed characters or various style approaches tested
  • Flash-out variations of character design done by various artists in a team
  • Gain valuable experience directing visual artists as a team
  • Have your ideas supervised by an accomplished professional artist (mentor)
  • Bring the characters into the Worldbuilding lab and get a film poster and other scenes painted


How it works

In this residential lab, you will start with characters based on your project and explore and develop their personalities, refining how they look individually and as an ensemble. The entire process will be demonstrated digitally.

You will help you explore, refine, and ultimately enhance the unique flavors of your characters and how they best support and reinforce the stories they are telling. You will also be exposed to live demos of drawing digitally.

The producer has an art director who actively participates in the lab and leads a team of artists. Art directors can represent the producer during the lab, ensuring focused and productive collaboration. Ideally, the art director is present on-site but can also be online.

Participation priority will be given to projects that actively engage in other labs, particularly the Character Design and World-building Art Lab. This exclusive opportunity allows participants to integrate their storyboarding endeavors with comprehensive character development and world-building experiences, fostering a cohesive and enriched creative process.



Lab Description

Topics Covered

  • Character Design: A Method and Philosophy
  • Inspiration from Life, And what digital tools can be used in development.
  • Live digital demos in Photoshop
  • Caricature
  • Finding Appealing Shapes
  • Shape Language
  • Striking a Pose
  • The Power of Gesture
  • Experimental Design
  • Sculptural Drawing
  • Fluency in the Language of Design
  • How digital film production works, what tools are used and what are the future best practices in the upcoming AI world

Who is it for

Bring your creative vision to life during the lab! Producers with a project can participate, bringing their creative team, or we can help to form a team from participating artists. The lab aims to flesh out ideas on characters first or help fine-tune existing designs and art direction.


  • Project synopsis
  • Motivation letter emphasising career motivation and vision for a project

Fees and funding, Cancelation Policy


2 500 EUR per project

Price includes training fee for max 2 artists in the team (your own, or we help to form a team from individual participating artists), mentor fee overseeing development on your project, and participation of (art)-director and producer for free.


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 accommodation, board and tuition during workshops and travel.
  • Approximate living costs during your stay in the Czech Republic:
    • Accommodation at the venue: 25 EUR / night
    • Breakfast at the hotel – 5 EUR
    • Restaurant meal between 5 – 10 EUR
    • Grocery in general – 50 EUR per person a week

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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2 500 EUR

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