• Starts 03/25/2020
  • 4-Nights / 1-Night Per Week / 3-Hours Per Night
  • $395


This class will place you in a simulated industry writer’s room where you will work collectively with classmates to write an imaginary episode of a hit animated TV series for children’s programming.  Under the supervision of JOHN SEMPER, the actual producer / showrunner and writer of iconic series like SCOOBY DOO, SMURFS, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, FRAGGLE ROCK and JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, you will get a one-of-a-kind, firsthand look at what it really means to work in the animation industry as a writer for hire.  Students will collaborate to build up a story from initial concept through outline and on to script.  Students will be exposed to each part of the TV animation production process, including working with actors, recording the soundtrack, working with artists, etc.

During this writing workshop (4-Nights / 1-Night Per Week / 3-hours per Night), participants will acquire an overall history of TV animation primarily created for young children, along with a detailed survey of the current busy landscape of the animation in production today.  You will gain the creative tools to help you hone your craft and gain more traction in your career.  Each workshop will feature surprise industry guest-lecturers from past and present TV series – schedules permitting.

This is a rare opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with acclaimed animation writer, producer and showrunner, JOHN SEMPER, who has been actively working in the industry for the past forty years.  In addition to the credits listed above, Mr. Semper has recently written episodes for the new Netflix animated series ROBOZUNA and LEGEND QUEST.  He has recently finished writing an animated super-hero feature for Warner Bros and the DC Animated Universe featuring prominent DC COMICS characters.

UPCOMING CLASS SCHEDULE:  7-10PM on Wednesdays – March 25th, April 1st, April 8th, April 15th

  • Teacher: John Semper Jr.
  • Max Availability: 8
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Location: 1907 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506

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