Toni Weiss is a live action & animation director, screenwriter and story consultant with a career of more than 30 years.
He has directed on feature films, tv- and web series, documentaries, short films, and hundreds of music videos and commercials. As a story expert, his consulting clients range from international brands to entertainment projects to games, novels and apps. He has worked for clients as diverse as the Walt Disney Company, Studio Babelsberg, Arx Anima, Vienna Tourism Board, SKY Germany and brands like Nestlé, Ferrero, Mazda, Nissan or Pampers.
As the founder of STORY INC. – a high impact story academy and consulting company – Toni is on a mission to train & teach creatives, brands and entertainment companies to tell their story with maximum emotional clarity.
In his workshop Toni will help you master the basic elements of story with complete clarity: Theme, plot and character arc.
In today’s world, those who can tell great stories unstoppable. We need storytelling skills to define our own brand, to change the world we live in, to create entertainment that matters und to get our own story straight.
As digital artists, we need to understand story profoundly to contribute our best work to the projects we choose.
This workshop is for you if you have ever struggled to understand theme, plot and character in clear, workable terms. It is especially for you if you want to write screenplays, novels or any story-driven IP and have struggled with getting your story straight.
My seminar will give you tools that you can actually use in your projects, in your work and for your own life story. Story can be learned. There are a few things professional writers do to differentiate themselves. And there are a things amateur storytellers do that cost them respect. Understand story like a pro, not an amateur.
Know how to tell a story with impact, and join professional storytellers who are changing the world.
Talk - Camera Blocking for Emotional Impact
In my 20 years of directing, I have storyboarded every single project I have ever worked on, and I have placed cameras for every scene I have ever shot.
This staple of the director’s craft – working with cameras – is one of the most neglected domains in the field of computer graphics. Your shot flow, camera placement and camera movement can boost and intensify the emotional impact of your animated shot, your cut scene, your vfx shot and even you CGI still. It can make your audience read your character’s minds. It can make your shot flow invisible. It can save you thousands of dollars in rendering time.
How to best stage a shot? What messages do different point of views and cuts convey? When is a camera move a creative option and not just eye candy? A fascinating journey into the craft of guiding your audience’s eye, directing emotional expectations with a lens and creating the visual clarity of a feature film look.