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The Basics of Visual Storytelling for Animation & Film with John Nevarez

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Friday May 19th at 2pm€55


Cultural and Creative Industries Skillnet are pleased to welcome back master concept artist and visual storyteller John Nevarez to Dublin for this in-person workshop that will focus on the mechanics of visual storytelling for story beats.

With over 20 years’ experience, John has created concept art, visual development and storyboards for industry heavyweights such as Pixar, Disney, Sony and Warner Brothers. A selection of John’s projects include Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Inside Out, Coco, Monsters University, The Secret Life of Pets, The Emoji Movie, Ron’s Gone Wrong, The Angry Birds Movie and Cars 2.

What will this course cover?

The course will cover the mechanics of Visual Storytelling for Story Beats, which will include:

  • Performance (Action/Reaction)
  • Lighting and Composition/Camera

Learning Outcomes

The topics discussed will aid creatives who are interested in storyboarding and/or visual development to broaden their storytelling tools and enhance their work.


John Nevarez has been an artist within the animation industry for over 26 years, first working at Disney Television as a storyboard revisionist and storyboard artist on such shows as Pepper Ann and Kim Possible, before transitioning over as a designer for DisneyToons – where he worked on Tinkerbell, Kronk’s New Groove and Brother Bear 2.  He then worked for Imagi Studios doing visual development for the Astroboy feature. In 2009, John worked at Pixar Animation Studios where he provided designs for Cars 2, Monsters University, Inside Out and Coco. John also worked for Rovio Animation for The Angry Birds Movie and provided design work for Google’s Spotlight Stories.  John provided storyboards for the Promotions group for Illumination Entertainment for their upcoming feature “The Secret Life of Pets”. John has been an Art Director for Duncan Studios and has worked at Sony Pictures Animation, providing both story and art for numerous features such as Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse and The Emoji Movie.  He’s provided storyboards for Locksmith Animation for their first feature Ron’s Gone Wrong and has provided location designs for The Scooby Movie for Warner Bros. Feature Animation.  He designed location designs for the all CGI Garfield Movie for Alcon Entertainment, directed by Mark Dindal and he recently wrapped working with Warner Brothers Feature Animation in their Development Division. He’s currently working part-time at SpinMaster and is working on completing two books that he hopes to showcase this October.

John has also hosted workshops for The Animation Workshop in Denmark, The Icon Academy in Manila, The Animation Collaborative in Emeryville, CGMA Online, The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, the Nemo Academy in Florence, The IAMAG Conference in Paris, The Animation Centrifuge in Scotland, The Playgrounds Festival in Eindhoven and Schoolism. 

Participant profile

This workshop is aimed at creatives of all levels of experience who would like to learn more about story beats, storyboards and visual storytelling.

Materials/equipment/software needed

Materials to write and draw with.


Bow Street Academy, 12/13 Bow St, Smithfield, Dublin 7


Normally, the fee for this course would be €80 , but through Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet we can offer this course at the subsidised member’s rate of €55.

Dates and times of the course

Friday May 19th at 2pm. Any queries, contact

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