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Pixar Rolls Out Free Online Storytelling Course

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Pixar has been breaking technical barriers since it was founded in 1986. But talk to any of their top filmmakers and they’ll tell you that a focus on story and characters has been the true key to the studio’s success. Now, storytellers looking to improve their craft have a chance to learn from the masters. As TechCrunch reports, Pixar has teamed up with the online education service Khan Academy to release a six-part free course titled "The Art of Storytelling."

The course marks the third season of Khan Academy’s "Pixar in a Box" series, following previous lessons on subjects like color science, virtual cameras, and character modeling. In this class, remote students will receive lessons from some of the brightest minds to work for Pixar. They include Brave (2012) screenwriter and director Mark Andrews; Up (2009), Inside Out (2015), and Monsters, Inc. (2001) director Pete Docter; and "Sanjay’s Super Team" director and Ratatouille (2007) animator Sanjay Patel.

The first lesson provides an introduction to storytelling complete with videos and activities to coach you through each section. Lessons on character building, storyboarding, emotional appeal, and more will roll out on Khan Academy throughout the year. You can watch a teaser for the course below.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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MGM Home Entertainment

The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple
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On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]

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