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About Marshall’s EARLY SCIENCE FICTION Production Design Class at Fullerton College

If you are developing imagery for a Science Fiction project, or if you you simply like classic science-fiction and want to try your hand at designing monsters, robots, aliens, fantastic worlds, space ships, ray guns, or special effects, this design course … Continue reading

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Your Favorite Classic SciFi & Why

If you are into Pre-1967 Sci-Fi, can you help me? I am collecting resources for an Early Science Fiction Production Design class. This is mainly about movies as inspiration. What old Sci-Fi (or Sci-Fi-ish) movies do you consider worthy to … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Stories, Part 4: Toward Mastery

Making Storytelling Easier Whether you like story templates or don’t, this is my last thought on what I think is their first problem: they give students the illusion that they will make story-crafting easy, or fast, or less messy. On … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Stories, Part 3: Recipes

Templates & Formulas Story templates are not new to the 21st century. In the 1930’s, The Plot Genie helped writers assemble a plot with a spinning wheel and lists of situations.1 I tried it decades ago, but couldn’t bring myself to care … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Stories, Part 2: Books

A Glut of Knowledge When screenwriting books became popular in the 1980’s, I was ready for them. Here is a recollection. I started with Syd Field’s Screenplay, which I read cover to cover twice. He taught that a story has a predictable … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Stories, Part 1: Scrounging

Seeking Story Knowledge You want to learn how to tell a story. So did I. Let me tell you the story of how I didn’t learn. Like you, I was raised on stories. For me it was television shows in … Continue reading

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Build a Pet Cube

Here’s a template to build a cube for Perspective lessons. You can build it out of poster board, or thin illustration board. The outlines are where you cut it out cleanly. The inner red lines are where you score it … Continue reading

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Nudity in Art: The Naked and The Judged

This is my response to a student objecting to nudity in learning Life Drawing. Continue reading

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