Shannon Lee

Sci-Fi World Building


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From creature features to cyberpunk narratives, this course is designed to help you generate complex worlds through a diverse range of art and animation processes. With an emphasis on screenwriting for animation, we will also breathe life into our stories through hands-on exercises such as DIY rigged maquettes and green screens, soundscapes, and comic strips. Alongside historical and contemporary animations that fall into the sci-fi realm, we will look at illustration, sculpture, and literature from different cultural viewpoints such as Soviet science fiction, Afrofuturism, and feminist perspectives. Classes will consist of screenings/presentations, in-depth discussions, table reads, studio, and critiques. Freeware includes Stop Motion Studio and Celtx. Adobe Premiere and After Effects will also be introduced.

Materials: Paper, drawing utensils, computer/laptop, smartphone/tablet

Optional materials (will discuss on first day of class): Foam core, polymer modeling clay, sculpting tools, hardware supplies, green paint/poster/fabric, lights  


This class uses the Zoom platform.

Shannon Lee is an independent animator, visual artist, and educator. Her work is infused with science fiction, magical realism, and experimental narrative and animation techniques. Shannon received her MFA in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts in 2017 and her films have been shown in festivals and art spaces including the Ann … Read more