Gareth Lee has just been in contact about this forthcoming master class taking place in BCFE.

There are a small number of places left and you can contact him directly if you are interested in attending at glee [at] bcfe [dot] net



Bruce Block (Hollywood Producer and author of the renowned book ‘The Visual Story’) will visit Ballyfermot College of Further Education from the 23rd to the 25th November next to deliver four master classes on ‘THE VISUAL COMPONENTS OF FILM’.

The master classes, for the college animation staff/students and invited guests, will be delivered in the Anna Brett Hall, Ballyfermot College Media Building on the following dates and times:

Tuesday 23rd November: 9-12pm and 1-4pm
Wednesday 24th November: 10-1pm
Thursday 25th November: 10-1pm

For more information on the master classes and Bruce Block see below:


Just as a writer is concerned with story structure or a musician with musical structure, a picture maker must be concerned with visual structure. The key to using visual structure is an understanding of the basic visual components: space, line, shape, color, tone, movement, and rhythm. It is through the control of these visual components that the picture maker stirs an audience’s emotions, creates new and unique visual styles and controls the critical relationship between story and visual structure.

The principles discussed in the seminar can be used in live-action or animation for any format including theatrical motion pictures, television shows, commercials, computer games or Internet sites. The seminar relates all of the visual concepts to practical production and bridges the gap between theory and practice. The seminar is designed for directors, writers, storyboard artists, concept artists, production designers, cinematographers, lighting designers, game designers and graphic artists.

The Basic Outline:

SESSION 1: SPACE. Discussions begin with an overview of screen space and the basic organization of visual space. Both 2-D and 3-D space are discussed.

SESSION 2: STRUCTURE. The relationship between visual structure, narrative/story structure and structural analysis is discussed. Processes are explained that allow the filmmaker to organize the visual structure as carefully as a writer organizes and structures a story.

SESSION 3: LINE & SHAPE, COLOR. Linear motif is introduced and basic shapes are defined. Color systems, structure and control are discussed to simplify an extremely complex visual component.

SESSION 4: TONE, MOVEMENT, RHYTHM. Tone is defined in relation to art direction and lighting. Movement is discussed for the camera, objects and the audience’s point of attention on the screen. Rhythm is defined in relation to stationary or moving objects and editing. Both 2-D and 3-D movement and rhythm are discussed.


Bruce Block has over thirty-five years experience in the production of film and television. His career encompasses live action feature motion pictures, television programs, commercials, documentaries, animation, museum installations, and IMAX films.

He has produced a variety of Hollywood studio films including The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want and Father Of The Bride. Mr. Block was a creative consultant on Stuart Little, As Good As It Gets and Some Kind Of Wonderful.

Mr. Block teaches visual structure of film, television and digital media at universities, animation studios, advertising agencies, computer game companies, and graphics design studios in America and Europe.

His clients include Pixar Studios, Walt Disney Feature and Television Animation, Dreamworks Studios, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Hasbro Interactive, Nickelodeon Network, Hewlett-Packard, Troika Design Group, Screen Training Ireland, Binger Film Institute, AFI, UCLA and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Mr. Block is the author of The Visual Story published by Focal Press. His book, dealing with the relationship between story structure and visual structure, is used professionally and educationally all over the world.

Mr. Block is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Art
Director’s Guild.