STORY LAB2019-04-01T15:43:25+00:00

You will collaborate on developing your animated film or series with a seasoned veteran of the animation industry, Robert Lence, having 20 years of experience from DisneyPIXAR Animation Studios, Dreamworks and others, who will act as supervisor.

The aim of the Story Lab is to introduce producers and their creative teams to the process of story development by drawing on the practice and experience of the invited guest. The Story Lab is designed for seven creative teams of two–three artists.

The creative teams will be able to further develop their projects with the Character Design Lab.


Producers and their creative teams as well as individual creative teams combining authors, scriptwriters, script editors, storyboard artists.

Project of all stages of development are welcomed – either initial concepts as well as those with first versions of a script.


  • Storytelling lectures by an accomplished animation professional
  • Professional supervision and consulting of your projects
  • Team collaboration with the supervisor
  • Storyboard student available to each team
  • Follow up online project consulting with a supervisor after the residential lab
  • Feedback from an international panel of experts (distributors, producers…)


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 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.


Capacity of the lab is maximum of 5 projects. For each project we invite 2 – 3 member teams.


  • Portfolio – expertise and experience in the field
  • Priority given to animation 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 2 or 3 members/story artists will receive priority
  • Participation in both Story & Art labs


Story Lab 2017 with Mike Cachuela (PIXAR, LAIKA, DW)

Story Lab 2016 with John Nevarez (PIXAR, SONY)

Behind the scenes of Story Lab 2016

Interested in the lab?

Register now. First come, first served.
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  • Duration
    July 8th – 19th 2019 (10 days)

  • Mentor
    Robert Lence

  • Skill level
    all levels
  • Price

    Team of 3
    580 EUR / 15 000 CZK per participant

    Team of 2
    865 EUR / 22 500 CZK per participant

    Price includes 21% VAT. In case of EUR/CZK exchange rate should change, the fee in EUR is derived from CZK currency.


Robert Lence 

Robert Lence has been a major contributor on some of the most successful films in the history of animated features. In his twenty-eight-year animation career, he has worked as a Screenwriter, Head of Story, Storyboard Artist, Visual Development Artist, and Story Consultant, helping create original characters, writing dialogue, and shaping the story on over a dozen major-release animated features.

Robert has worked at Walt Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks. His film work includes such all-time hits as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Shrek.” Robert served as Co-Head of Story on Pixar’s 1995 “Toy Story,” the first ever computer animated feature film.

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Robert attended the California Institute of the Arts’ highly regarded Character Animation program for two years. He has also served as a member of the Cal Arts faculty, as a story teacher and story consultant.

Robert is also a member of the Writers Guild of America. He recently illustrated his first children’s book, “Wrestling the ABC’s.”

A native of New York City, Robert has worked, taught and lectured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New York, London, Mexico, Uruguay, China, Korea and Russia. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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