Constructing a Story: Advanced Visual Storytelling Premium class

Daniel Gonzales, Animator at The Walt Disney Animation Studios

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11 Videos (2h 45m)
    • Your Story Structure

    • Your Story Structure (Part 2)

    • Your Visuals

    • Your Visuals (Part 2)

    • Your Visuals (Part 3)

    • Why Artists Create Stories

    • Why Artists Create Stories (Part 2)

    • Story Problems and Characters

    • Story Problems and Characters (Part 2)

    • Story Problems and Characters (Part 3)

    • Bonus Q & A Session


About This Class

My name is Daniel Gonzales and I'm an animator at The Walt Disney Animation Studios


What Is This

     A traditional art education rarely takes you through the ABC's of visual story telling. My goal was simple when I uploaded this workshop almost half a year ago: To try to make this the most accessible experience I could. There are over 15+ personal videos (10 min. each) that are available and easy to follow. I emulate a tone that reflects how a critique would sound behind the scenes at a professional studio. I will teach you how to tell a story and bring it to life with uniqueness and specificity and teach you everything I learned from a professional perspective.


Whether it's the 1930's or 2013, Artists at Disney never stop learning or teaching

What You Will Learn

     Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms that humans have. Stories have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, and cultural preservation. In this class you will be exposed to the essential idea of a narrative story structure with beginnings middles and endings. There are many tools to execute a successful story both verbally and visually and these workshops will teach you how. There are hardly revolutionary new ways to learn age old art forms so I will not promise that, what I will promise is to give a new perspective on how to understand common fundamental elements and use that foundation as a spring board to grasp advance concepts of story telling. 

  • How to execute a story with all it's parts working in unison. 
  • How to injecting substance and life into a story to separate it from generic storytelling
  • How to recognize problems and solve them as your work
  • How to critique others and vocalize your self when it comes to talking about story


 Me and the rest of the animation department at The Walt Disney Animation Studios.

What I Promise

     I will not gurantee you will master story telling but I will give you a fighting chance to succeed and have access to the same knowledge industry professionals have. I've taken classes and sat in on lectures from the greatest Pixar directors during my 3 years at Pixar. I have learned from story telling masters here at The Walt Disney Animation Studios. I will not hold back when it comes to tryong my best to tell you everything I have learned from these amazing people. I firmly believe knowledge must be passed on.

Final Project      

      Your final project will be a finished story that you have created! I hold events and Challenges where the best stories get 1 on 1 face time with me and also receive prizes such as personal hand drawn drawings of your favorite Disney characters.  


My credits include Disney's animated feature "Frozen", "Wreck it Ralph" and more 



My class does not reflect disney or any studio I work with, It reflects the accumilative knowledge I have gained from my learning experiences at many studios. 

17 of 20 students recommendSee All

This class is pure gold for anybody who wants to learn the basics of storytelling. Whether for writing or illustrating purposes (or any combination of the two!) this class will 100% give you your money's worth. Another bonus to this class in particular is that the instructor is open to receiving work and occasionally even gives feedback to students. Great class, thanks Danny and Skillshare!
Daniel is a unique teacher who really tries to bring across the subject matter in a personal way. Even though we don't have the chance to be in the same room, I really felt that I was getting the information first hand. I didn't take his previous class and can say that this course is very accessible without any need for pre-existing knowledge on storytelling. I feel ready to tell stories worth animating now!
Dave DK

2D Artist & Animator

This is a very solid class. I've learned a lot.





Daniel Gonzales

Animator at The Walt Disney Animation Studios

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     Daniel currently is an animator on feature films for The Walt Disney animation Studios. He has worked on flims such as "Toy Story 3" and "Wreck it Ralph". He recently concluded his work on Disney's newest film, "Frozen", and has begun working on the studios upcoming film, "BIG HERO 6" due out in 2014.

Daniel moved from his hometown in San Diego, California to attend San Francisco’s California College of the Art. Daniel has received attention for his artwork at an early age. His entrée’s in the Museum of Latin American art and The U.S. District court for the southern District of California, that are still on display, would be the start of a promising career of fine art, teaching, directing, and animation. 

By Daniel’s college sophomore year he was working at Pixar Animation Studios and soon after found himself working in Los Angeles for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. When not working Daniel has been creating his personal work and teaching art at various institutions in his spare time.