Archive for March, 2016

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.

Steven Fischer at DC Independent Film Festival

March 6, 2016

A big thank you to Erica Ginsberg at Docs In Progress and Hannah Jayanti for inviting me to appear on a panel discussion on animation in documentaries at the DCIFF today!

Through the magic of the internet I was Skyped in from Chicago to a dais which included Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dee Hibbert-Jones (talking about her animated doc Last Day of Freedom) and Gillian Klempner Willman (talking about her animated doc The New Woman). I was there to talk about my role on Freedom Dance with Mariska Hargitay.

The panel was held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. Here’s my view:

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