A Frame A Day Workout

Helen Mingjue Chen
30 Lessons (17h 40m)
30 Day(s)
English French Portuguese

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  1. Watch Video Lessons at Your Own Pace
  2. Assignments Included
  3. Peer Feedback
  4. Switch Courses as Often as You Like
  5. Access to all Schoolism Webinars included

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  1. Watch Video Lessons with a Planned Curriculum
  2. Scheduled Assignments with Deadlines
  3. Personalized paint-overs and feedback videos
  4. Peer feedback
  5. Ability to Contact Instructor with Questions
  6. Physical Certificate of Completion (Mailed to you anywhere in the world)
  7. Access to all Schoolism Webinars included

Course Description

We're rolling out the red carpet for Helen Mingjue Chen, visual development artist and production designer at Sony Pictures Animation! Helen's Artist Workout will take you on a 30-day journey as you tackle film studies from some of her favorite movies and delve into the process and thinking behind filmmaking. Exercises will include:

  • breaking down the principles of design, color, light, and composition
  • discussing film language and dissecting choices that were made for various films
  • training your artistic application and taking a broad approach to cinematic design
  • how to apply similar processes in film to your own work
  • and more!

For each workout, you'll receive a reference image, a sketch to get you started, and the final Photoshop file of Helen's work to keep as a reference.

  • Adobe Photoshop

Lesson Plan


Helen Mingjue Chen

Mingjue Helen Chen was born in Beijing, China and moved to the US at a very young age. She grew up in Minnesota, but later moved to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art University along with her twin sister, Linda Chen.

Helen has worked for the Jim Henson Company, Paramount Animation, BaseFX, Walt Disney Animation, and is currently working as a Production Designer at Sony Pictures Animation. She has contributed to such films as "Big Hero 6," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Paperman," "Wish Dragon," and most recently worked as production designer on the upcoming Disney film "Raya and the Last Dragon," among many others. She has also contributed to several comic book titles, including Marvel's "Silk" and DC's "Gotham Academy" and "Batgirl."