13 WEEK COURSE - April 1st - July 6th 2022
By fighting lies with fiction humans have found a powerful way to regain our truth. 
As a creative, you have the incredible power to use visual storytelling as a way to both face your own limitations and conquer them in a way that can inspire the world.
MADELINE ABATEMARCO
"I've never actually had a class that guided me through the very beginning of stumbling upon and developing an idea to the ending portions where things become more and more refined, and it's more about just adding the little finishing touches. To me, that has been so, so, SO very valuable and cherished, and it's showed me not only how to actually conceptualize costume, but environments, characters, painting methods, color, and so much more."
MENTEE GALLERY

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We all take different paths to learn our craft so you may have the odd gap in information, or pressure to be further along than you are...but in this course, we work from where you are today.

Whether I’m guiding you through your first steps into the craft of original storytelling or helping you elevate your skills, I provide a structured process in a shame-free, inquisitive, and open-minded environment so you can focus your energy on what matters most...expressing your story.
Find your perfect fit
SELF-DIRECTED
(open admission)
$520

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Work at your own pace
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LAUNCHES
May 25th 2022
RECORDED LECTURES
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CLASSROOM
(22 students max)
$780

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Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm PT
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RECORDED LECTURES
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DISCORD GROUP CHAT
WEEKLY GROUP Q&A CALL



APPLY 
MENTORED
(3 mentees max)
$2080

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One on ones: Mondays, between 1-4pm
Group: Wednesdays, 1-2pm
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APPLY
RECORDED LECTURES
PROCESS TEMPLATES

DISCORD GROUP CHAT
EXCLUSIVE GROUP Q&A CALL

WEEKLY 45 min ONE ON ONE
FEEDBACK SESSIONS
When I saw a void in costume design education in animation,
I gathered a team and filled it by creating Talking Threads.
Your journey, strengths, and weaknesses are unique to you, and they also serve to reveal a void that your story or talents can fill. By using psychology tools and strong design principles, we can give you a strong foundation to articulate your vision and fill that void.
Would you believe me if I told you I moved more than 20 times in my life? Growing up, my dad was self-employed and we moved, a lot. To this day I am constantly flummoxed when I need to remember an old address for any reason. On the bright side, it made me pretty resilient, recovering from curveballs in life.

And along the way, my education ranged from unschooling, homeschool, public school, community college, university, online courses and teaching myself...all before youtube was a convenient option. I learned to be resourceful, approaching problems from many different angles, learning how to learn, and customizing approaches on the fly to adapt to new needs. 
COURSE STRUCTURE
WEEKLY TOPICS
  • WEEK 1 - Story Concept
  • WEEK 2 - Story Development
  • WEEK 3 - Visual Research
  • WEEK 4 - Scouting
  • WEEK 5 - Environment Concept
  • WEEK 6 - Background Cast Concepts
  • WEEK 7 - Lead Character Concept
  • WEEK 8 - Supporting Character Concept
  • WEEK 9 - Antagonist Concept
  • WEEK 10 - 24 Beat Outline
  • WEEK 11 - Scene Studies
  • WEEK 12 - Presentation
  • WEEK 13 - Process Breakdown

One on One weekly meetings
Workshop your story, discuss your progress on assignments, and troubleshoot your unique struggles.

Weekly group meetings
Ask questions about the assignment, and practice presenting your work to the group for feedback and confidence building.

Private Discord Channel
Q&A with instructor, and connecting with classmates.
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You may have grown up with limited resources...you may be a chronic overthinker...or you may just feel like you aren’t interesting enough to have a story to tell.

I can relate. 

And I can guide you through the process that finally helped me overcome those limitations, all while customizing it to suit your needs as they arise. 

NATALIA
FALCIGLIA


"As someone who enjoys research, Jessie really taught me the value of being intentional and specific with it to help bring a bigger picture together."
STORY DEVELOPMENT
PHASE 1

Starting with an original concept drawn from your own life we will use Dan Harmon's Story Circle (based on the Hero’s Journey), to focus your loose ideas into a simple plot and character arc, exploring your first impressions of the tone and mood of your tale. Using Enneagram as a guide, we will refine your character’s thematic motivations and relationship with their world. This will help you choose a setting and create a breakdown of characters, settings, and props with the potential to amplify your concept.

WHAT'S THE STORY CIRCLE? 

WHAT ARE ENNEAGRAM MOTIVATIONS?

ART DIRECTION
PHASE 2

Moving onto the next phase, we will explore how to use visuals to capture and express your theme. This is where I will guide you through research techniques to help you clarify your vision. We’ll look at art history, fashion history, current creators, and conceptual inspiration. You’ll create more refined research boards, and begin exploring loose concepts for your locations and background characters. Here I’ll also demonstrate how you can use Myers Briggs personality types for quick iterations or brainstorming. This step will also help you test your story's direction so far and help inform your designs moving forward.

WHAT IS PRODUCTION DESIGN?

HOW IS PRODUCTION DESIGN USED IN MEDIUMS LIKE ANIMATION? 

CHARACTER & NARRATIVE 
DESIGN
PHASE 3

With a clear intention motivating your characters and world, we can now explore design. Costume is a great way to test both character personality and world design in one stroke. So, in this phase, we will develop costume concepts for 3 major characters to test your art direction and inspire story details. You will create a more detailed story outline using your fleshed out characters as a guide, and you will explore story moments to test how we can use poses, color, and lighting to emphasize your characters emotional evolution through key scenes.

HOW CAN COSTUME DESIGN TELL A STORY? 

WHAT ARE MYER'S BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPES? 


Our last 2 weeks will focus on how you can leverage what you’ve created to achieve your personal goals. I will show you how you can use the developed story and designs to create a presentation, whether it's a first draft of a pitch deck or a fresh portfolio presentation. Finishing everything up with a detailed process audit so you are equipped to continue your project or create new stories with confidence.
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rewrite your narrative
change the world

Discovery Chat

In a discovery chat, I’ll get to know you a little better, like an informal interview. A bit of your history, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Then we’ll explore an aha moment in your life that you can use to form your narrative.

Application Review

After our chat, if the mentorship seems like a good fit on both ends, we’ll set up your one on one meeting times. 

Once you confirm your times and pay your tuition, I’ll give you access to the class hub. 

Session Prep

In the class hub you’ll find a pre-class exercise so you can further develop your loose ideas before we start if you would like to. 

You’ll also be added to the class discord where you can introduce yourself and meet past alumni. 

Sessions

Once we have your schedule, we’ll begin with a group meeting where I’ll introduce the first homework and we’ll have our first Q&A. This will be followed by a one on one meeting for me to provide feedback, workshop any problems you faced, or help you elevate your results. You’ll have the option to present a few selected elements in the following group meeting. Serving as presentation practice as well as an opportunity for group feedback. This will repeat weekly.

Plan of Action

Once the 13 weeks are up, we’ll meet in our last one on one to discuss your progress over the course and update any refreshed goals so I can help you finesse your plan of action moving forward.

NOTE: This course focuses on improving your analytical approach to story and design through research, creative reasoning, and practical application to test your theories. To make the most of your time on assignments, you will need at least basic anatomy, perspective, color theory, and technical drawing skills to participate in this course. Previous character design experience and familiarity with basic story structure is highly recommended

As this class focuses on how to apply personality psychology to multiple stages of your process, we won’t have the chance to dive deeper into all of them during the course. However, throughout the course and afterwards, you can find me in the The Costume District discord server, where I hold live chats and you can share your wips and designs with the community for additional feedback and encouragement.

Acceptance is contingent upon application and portfolio review to assess whether this will be a good match for both your goals and your learning style.
In a discovery chat, I’ll get to know you a little better, like an informal interview. A bit of your history, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Then we’ll explore an aha moment in your life that you can use to form your narrative.