TV Asia

September 23, 2016

One of the perks about shooting for TV Asia is that tea breaks come with the best Masala tea!

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Tea break with producer Nalini Raja Patel and director Steven Fischer, shooting on location for TV Asia in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Click here for a home brew recipe.

A big shout out to Producer and National Correspondent Nalini Raja Patel for being so great to work with! Thanks for 8-years of adventure. Here’s to many more!

Producer Nalini Raja Patel and director Steven Fischer on location for TV Asia in Elmhurst, Illinois.

 

Second City Cartoon Workshop!

September 19, 2016

Many thanks to Tom Rosenak for these photos from my 2D Guide to Creating 3D Characters workshop at The Second City! And thanks so much to all in attendance. Your enthusiasm, openness to new ideas, and all-around-greatness made the day a real pleasure. (And thanks to Andy Eninger and Sheena Laird at Second City for the chance to collaborate on another adventure.)

Cartoonist and filmmaker Steven Fischer presents character creation workshop at Second City, Chicago. Sept. 17, 2016. Photo by Tom Rosenak.

Cartoonist and filmmaker Steven Fischer presents character creation workshop at Second City, Chicago. Sept. 17, 2016. Photo by Tom Rosenak.

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Cartoonist and filmmaker Steven Fischer presents character creation workshop at Second City, Chicago. Sept. 17, 2016. Photo by Tom Rosenak.

 

Helpful Hints: Final Cut Pro: Plays fine in sequence, but out of sync on export

September 4, 2016

I recently came across a frustrating issue while editing. The sequence played fine on the time line, but when I opened the exported video in Quicktime, the video and audio were all mixed up. I found this solution at Michael  Wyszomierski’s blog:

 

If your Final Cut Pro sequence plays fine from the project file, but the audio and video get out of sync or there is a rendering glitch when you export a QuickTime movie, try selecting “Recompress all frames” when you export [File, Export, Quicktime Movie — ‘Recompress all frames’ is an option towards the bottom of the window]. You can also play around with clearing render files, etc., but this one box seems to do the trick.
Thanks, Michael!

 

A 2D Guide to 3D Characters is back at The Second City!

August 31, 2016
Join us at The Second City, Chicago, and bring your story ideas to life in cartoons. Explore creative self-development, character development, narrative structure and more! In-class writing and drawing exercises help you discover new possibilities in developing and expressing your ideas and point of view. These exercises help you generate the ideas for your own original, personal story. No experience necessary. If you can make a stick figure, you can get started!
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Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10am  — Sign up here!
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About the instructor: Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy® nominated writer/producerof fiction, non-fiction, and animated stories. His credits include the films Freedom Dance (2007) featuring Golden Globe winner Mariska Hargitay and Old School New School (2010) with Emmy-winning actor Brian Cox. Fischer is a Fulbright recipient and speaks internationally on storytelling. Check out his cartoon story book: The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey, about life in the world of a professional cartoon character.
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Steven Fischer presents A 2D Guide to 3D Characters at The Second City. Photo by Alicia Haywood.

The Return of Cartoons and Creativity at Waubonsee Community College!

August 31, 2016

Try Your Hand at Cartooning With an Emmy Nominated Filmmaker

No drawing experience is necessary for this unique creativity workshop with the multi-talented Steven Fischer. Develop your original, personal story through drawing – using a range of writing and drawing exercises to develop characters, locations and themes. Along the way, explore the philosophy and psychology of inspiration, cartoon art, creativity and storytelling.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Campus 
$19

Sign up here!!

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Copies of Fischer’s book, The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey, will be for sale at the workshop.

 

Cartoon Storytelling Is Back at Second City

July 1, 2016

Join me for a full Cartoon Storytelling class at the famed Second City, Chicago Starts Tuesday, July 5.

Bring your story ideas to life in cartoon format, no experience necessary. In Cartoon Storytelling you will explore narrative, character development and format. In-class writing and drawing exercises help you discover new possibilities in expressing your ideas and point of view. You’ll try your hand at several formats (comic book, comic strip, single panel) as you build your own original personal story in cartoon form. If you can make a stick figure, you can get started!

3 hours, 6 weeks

About the instructor: Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy® nominated writer/producer/digital cinematographer of fiction, non-fiction, and animated stories. His credits include the films Freedom Dance (2007) featuring Mariska Hargitay and Old School New School (2010) with Brian Cox. His commissioned work includes Martin Scorsese’s NEH Jefferson Lecture and Keep the Promise with Margaret Cho and Tavis Smiley among various films for Maryland Public Television/PBS, Romanian Television Network, TV Asia, Nextel, DuPont, Nalco/Ecolabs, Department of Defense, AmeriCorps, Hollywood Stars II, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Fischer is a Fulbright recipient and speaks internationally on storytelling.

Click here to sign up!

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Draw! Draw! Draw! Steven Fischer presents Cartoon Storytelling at The Second City, Chicago, 2016. Photo by Alicia Haywood.

 

Cartoon Storytelling comes back to Second City!

May 23, 2016

I am proud to announce that Second City, famed school of comedy, home to John Candy, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and many more comedy legends, is offering my Cartoon Storytelling class starting this July.

Sign up, sharpen your pencils, and join the fun!

Details:

Bring your story ideas to life in cartoon format, no experience necessary. Explore narrative, character development and format. In-class writing and drawing exercises help you discover new possibilities in expressing your ideas and point of view. You’ll try your hand at several formats (comic book, comic strip, single panel) as you build your own original personal story in cartoon form. If you can make a stick figure, you can get started!

Tuesday nights,  JULY 5 – AUGUST 9, 2016 ….. 7pm – 10pm

About the instructor: Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy® nominated writer/producer/digital cinematographer of fiction, non-fiction, and animated stories. His credits include the films Freedom Dance (2007) featuring Mariska Hargitay and Old School New School (2010) with Brian Cox. His commissioned work includes Martin Scorsese’s NEH Jefferson Lecture, Keep the Promise with Margaret Cho and Tavis Smiley, and Bill Cosby Live at The Kennedy Center among various films for Maryland Public Television/PBS, Romanian Television Network, TV Asia, Nextel, DuPont, Nalco/Ecolabs, Department of Defense, AmeriCorps, Hollywood Stars II, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Fischer is a Fulbright recipient and speaks internationally on storytelling.

Sign up: http://www.secondcity.com/classes/chicago/cartooning-a-2d-guide-to-3d-characters-copy/

Thank you, Second City!

April 22, 2016

A big thank you to Sheena Laird, Rawson Vint and Andy Eninger at Second City Training Center for hosting Thursday’s workshop on cartoons and creativity! (In 3-hours we looked at the philosophy of creativity, worked the creative process, brought new characters to life, studied narrative structure, exercised some basic drawing fundamentals, and drew a bunch of cartoons. Whew!)

An extra big thank you to the participants! You guys were great, and I look forward to seeing the results of your creative efforts.  Thanks also for showing so much interest in my cartoon work, and in The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Blueyclick here for the details.
For those who missed the fun, keep your eyes open at Second City — there just might be a cartoon course debuting in June! (Wink, wink; nudge, nudge.)

A very special thank you to Alicia Haywood for capturing the night in photos!

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Steven Fischer presents A 2D Guide to 3D Characters at Second City, Chicago. April 20, 2016. Photo by Alicia Haywood.

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Steven Fischer presents A 2D Guide to 3D Characters at Second City, Chicago! April 2016. Photo: Alicia Haywood

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Steven Fischer works with cartoon and creativity workshop participants at Second City, Chicago. April 2016. Photo by Alicia Haywood.

Steven Fischer presents A 2D Guide to 3D Characters at Second City, Chicago! April 2016. Photo: Alicia Haywood

Steven Fischer presents A 2D Guide to 3D Characters at Second City, Chicago! April 2016. Photo: Alicia Haywood

Steven Fischer presents A 2D Guide to 3D Characters at Second City, Chicago! April 2016. Photo: Alicia Haywood

More Creativity Classes at Northwestern University!

March 30, 2016

Join us for 3 fun-filled classes at Northwestern University’s Norris Center.

Steven Fischer presents minicourses in: Digital Video Editing, Cartoon Storytelling, and Acting for Character !

Register here for Acting for Character

This course is an introduction to acting to experience how performance, movement, body, voice, etc. can be used to generate character performance ideas. The course will be used to help students create and build well-rounded characters for original stories they will produce in class. Characterization, delivery, timing, expression, motivation, body language, and posture will be studied through improvisation exercises, storytelling activities, observation studies, and by examining the work of master actors.

  • Dates/Times:
    • Thursdays: April 14 – May 19; 6:30-8:00pm
  • Location: Norris Center
  • Fee: $70 NU / $80 Public

 

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Steven Fischer works with acting students at Northwestern University. Photo by Dywaine Betts.

 

Register here for Introduction to Cartoon Storytelling

Instructor: Steven Fischer

Learn the art of cartoon storytelling, effective communication techniques, and develop personal expression. Lessons include story breakdown, character development, page layout, and studies from life. Students will create an original story. No previous drawing experience required. If you can create a stick figure, you can still be effective. This course shows  you how!

  • Dates/Times:
    • Thursdays: April 12 – May 17; 6:00-7:30pm
  • Location: Norris Center
  • Fee: $70 NU / $80 Public

 

Register here for Digital Video Editing

Instructor: Steven Fischer

Learn the basics of video editing. This course introduces students to the roll of the editor as storyteller, the history of cinema editing, and the fundamentals of editing as an effective communicator. The course includes hands-on with Premiere Pro. You’ll be editing, a lot! The course is taught by two-time Emmy nominated filmmaker Steven Fischer whose credits include Maryland Public Television/PBS, Oprah Winfrey Network, Nextel, and the films “Freedom Dance” with Mariska Hargitay and “Old School New School” with Brian Cox.

  • Dates/Times:
    • Mondays: April 13 – May 18; 7:00-9:00pm
  • Fee: $100 NU / $110 Public

Back at Second City for Cartoons and Character Creation

March 30, 2016

Join Steven Fischer’s 2D Guide to Creating 3D Characters at Second City, Chicago!

Create original characters and personal stories for theater, radio, TV, or literature in this unique storytelling workshop. Participants exercise the creative process to develop original characters and stories through writing and storytelling. Cartoonist and two-time Emmy Award nominated writer/producer Steven Fischer leads participants through writing and drawing exercises that help develop well-rounded characters, locations, stories, and themes. Along the way, explore the philosophy and psychology of inspiration, creativity and storytelling.

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Steven Fischer’s creativity and cartooning workshop aboard SeaDream, afloat somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. April 2014.