Creature Features - Masterclass with Derek Thompson

DESIGN and DEVELOP your own 'CREATURE FEATURE’ in this intensive 3-Day MasterClass with industry veteran Derek Thompson. In this class, we will approach both Creature Design and Story Development through the thematic lens of Personal, Social, Moral, Political, & Environmental issues.


workshop includes both lecture and in-class assignments that involve Concept, Structure, and Scene work. Student work will be critiqued by the instructor and workshopped as a group.

This course is rooted in VISUAL STORYTELLING, so students should be prepared to produce DRAWINGS and DESIGNS to help express their ideas.

Students may be asked to break up into TEAMS for the coursework over the 3 days, so please be ready for collaboration and teamwork.


Derek Thompson received a BFA in Illustration from Otis/Parsons and landed his first job for Dark Horse Comics while still attending college. He has worked professionally for over 25 years for a number of studios, including Rhythm & Hues, Lucasfilm, & Electronic Arts. He's been a Story Artist & Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios for over 13 years.

Derek has worked in a variety of disciplines, including storyboarding, visual development and creature design. He has contributed to numerous film projects, including 'MEN IN BLACK’ - and ‘THE MUMMY' films, ‘UNBREAKABLE’, ’13 GHOSTS’, ‘STAR WARS: Episode III', 'WALL-E', 'BRAVE', ‘JOHN CARTER' , ‘THE GOOD DINOSAUR’, "TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT”, and the upcoming ‘INCREDIBLES 2'

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Via Ludovisi 16, 00187
14 Settembre , Venerdì 10:00

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