ESP Biography



ARI DONNELLY, Media Producer




Major: Film

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2010

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Ari Donnelly is a Boston native, ESP-alum, and recent Graduate of NYU-Tisch. Today he works at a production company in Los Angeles, where he writes scripts, edits comics, and helps pitch TV shows.



Past Classes

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Don't Go To Film School in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Are you interested in becoming a Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Editor, Animator, Cinematographer, Production Designer, Gaffer, Sound Mixer, Steadicam Operator, Costume Designer, Casting Director, Talent Agent, or Boom Op? Are you thinking of going to Film School to learn more? Don't. It's a trap. Come to my class instead. You'll get a crash course in: -The many disciplines of film. -The best film schools you shouldn't go to. -How you can start making movies now. -The truth about unpaid internships. -What a Best Boy is. Filmmaking is a hard path, but despite what college tuition would suggest, it's never been cheaper. So for the price of Splash, I'; give you the inside scoop on the most dubious college major of all time (other than political science).


Super To Infinity and Beyond! The History Of Pixar in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
Do you find yourself looking at all your old toys that you haven’t played with for years, and feeling very guilty? Have you ever tried tying a thousand balloons to your chimney in the hope that your house will take off and fly away? Have you been neglecting to call the pest exterminator for months on end, out of fear that the rats in your house will stop cooking exquisite French cuisine for you if you do so? Do want to know who’s responsible for these strange feelings you keep having? Come to the super-sized version of To Infinity and Beyond! We’ll cover the birth of Pixar, how they have become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed film studios of all time, and what they have planned for the future. This class will be longer than it has been in previous years with more material, such as a few Pixar short films.


A Journey Down the Uncanny Valley in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
"I...I don't...understand it...It's Tom Hanks....playing Santa Claus...he looks wrong....why is this so creepy?" Unfortunately, Tom Santa-Hanks fell into the Uncanny Valley, which is what happens when an animated character is designed to be as human-like as possible. Ironically, this character usually creeps everyone out rather than being a compelling character. In my class, we'll talk about theories behind the Uncanny Valley, some tips from animation masters such as Pixar and Dreamworks for avoiding it, and the noble if not foolish pursuits of those who have attempted to cross it unscathed.


To Infinity and Beyond! The History of Pixar in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Do you find yourself looking at all your old toys that you haven’t played with for years, and feeling very guilty? Have you ever tried tying a thousand balloons to your chimney in the hope that your house will take off and fly away? Have you been neglecting to call the pest exterminator for months on end, out of fear that the rats in your house will stop cooking exquisite French cuisine for you if you do so? Do want to know who’s responsible for these strange feelings you keep having? Come to Infinity and Beyond! We'll cover the birth of Pixar, how they have become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed film studios of all time, and what they have planned for the future.


To Infinity and Beyond! The History of Pixar in Spark! 2011 (Mar. 12, 2011)
Do you find yourself looking at all your old toys that you haven’t played with for years, and feeling very guilty? Have you ever tried tying a thousand balloons to your chimney in the hope that your house will take off and fly away? Have you been neglecting to call the pest exterminator for months on end, out of fear that the rats in your house will stop cooking exquisite French cuisine for you if you do so? Do want to know who’s responsible for these strange feelings you keep having? Come to Infinity and Beyond! You’ll find out how these pesky Pixar people got their start, and how they have become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed film studios of all time*. *You’ll also learn why this last part of the sentence is a big understatement.


To Infinity and Beyond! The History of Pixar in Spark! 2011 (Mar. 12, 2011)
Do you find yourself looking at all your old toys that you haven’t played with for years, and feeling very guilty? Have you ever tried tying a thousand balloons to your chimney in the hope that your house will take off and fly away? Have you been neglecting to call the pest exterminator for months on end, out of fear that the rats in your house will stop cooking exquisite French cuisine for you if you do so? Do want to know who’s responsible for these strange feelings you keep having? Come to Infinity and Beyond! You’ll find out how these pesky Pixar people got their start, and how they have become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed film studios of all time*. *You’ll also learn why this last part of the sentence is a big understatement.


To Infinity and Beyond! The History of Pixar in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Do you find yourself looking at all your old toys that you haven't played with for years, and feeling very guilty? Have you ever tried tying a thousand balloons to your chimney in the hope that your house will take off and fly away? Have you been neglecting to call the pest exterminator for months on end, out of fear that the rats in your house will stop cooking exquisite French cuisine for you if you do so? Do want to know who's responsible for these strange feelings you keep having? Come to Infinity and Beyond! You'll find out how these pesky Pixar people got their start, and how they have become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed film studios of all time*. *You'll also learn why this last part of the sentence is a big understatement.