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The Art of Storyboarding

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The Art of Storyboarding www.storyboardart.org

Presented through StoryboardArt.org this is a hands on, in-depth lecture course covering all topics of storyboarding in animation, live-action, and video games. Classes go for 3 hours and include refreshments. Through demonstrations, hands on learning, lecture, and film analysis, you will learn the guidelines to professionally stage and illustrate a scripted scene. This class is for all levels of experience from the most novice to the seasoned professional. Some drawing experience recommended, but not necessary. Classes meet every 2 weeks at Maverix Studios in San Francisco.
Our next 8 week session begins Saturday September 5th 2009. Special discount for returning members.
Course content

During the 8 weeks we will focus on each of these topics below and how they
relate to each other. In demonstrating each topic we will include handouts, movie
reference, and in-class demos. You are encouraged to participate and contribute to the
discussion through class assignments and question and answer. There will be time for individual critique along with the lectures. Classes are
3 hours long. Bring a sketchbook and drawing materials to take notes.
Topics of discussion

Screen direction - Learn when to use character and camera placement to your advantage to tell a clear and efficient story. You will gain a clear understanding of when to deviate from the norm and tricks on how to disguise screen direction flaws when there is no other alternative.

Perspective for Storyboarding - Learn the shorthand of drawing perspective used at companies such as Pixar and Lucasfilm. An essential tool for describing camera height and angle.

Staging - Proper arrangement of your stage elements is crucial in telling your story. Learn to simplify and arrange your objects for dynamic effect.

Composition - Give your production greater visual interest through proper understanding of color, depth, perspective, lines, and movement in your picture frame.

The Thumbnail Process - Learn a method for thinking through the script in a quick and efficient way.

Storyboarding in a 3D Production - There are key differences the story artist must be aware of when planning for 3D Stories. Learn how to tackle difficult scenes and make them look easy.

Learn to Master the Storyboarding Toolbelt - TComposition, Perspective, Shot choice, Drawing shorthand, Thumbnailing

Storyboarding in a 3D Production - There are key differences the story artist must be aware of when planning for 3D Stories. Learn how to tackle difficult scenes and make them look easy.

Learn to Master the Storyboarding Toolbelt - Composition, Perspective, Shot choice, Drawing shorthand, Thumbnailing

Script breakdown - How to improve and interpret a script.

Types of Storyboards and how to execute each one. Advertising, Film, TV, Games

3D Storyboarding process - Differences and shortcuts to planning your shots in 3D

Storyboarding for an Animatic - There special considerations when drawing boards for use in an animatic. Learn how to make your boards cut together well in a movie.

Advanced Staging Techniques - Making your scenes shine with unique and innovative staging, camera work, and creative screen direction.

Story Design - Making your sequences relate to one another and fulfilling a clear story
progression and style. Using Sound design to your advantage.

Storyboarding in a studio environment - Learn the methods to a smooth story production and workflow.

Planning your own short film - Where to make shortcuts to save time and money

Portfolio preparation and finding a job - The dos and donts of the biz

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