Storyboarding Fundamentals

Curriculum Summary

6-week course breakdown:

Session 01 Telling Stories


Storyboarding is an incredibly powerful tool to quickly share your vision and allows you to iterate ideas quickly. In this first session we'll go over the basics of storyboarding, including structure and common terms, as well as a live demonstration from reference.

Session 02 Once Upon a Time


Storyboarding is all about the tent pole ideas, the main beats of the story that provide the core structure. In this session we’ll learn all about beat boards and what role they play in storyboarding to help tell a complete story.

Session 03 Thumbnails are Not Small Things


When drafting a visual story you want to clearly and simply communicate your ideas in as few drawings as possible. Thumbnails are about to become your best friend. They may seem simple, but we’ll look at the huge impact they have on storytelling and see how to incorporate them into your process.

Session 04 Laughter is Food for the Soul


Humor can be a powerful storytelling tool, but it’s easy to miss the mark with your audience if your punchline is off. In this session we’ll analyze what makes a good gag, and the importance of timing and delivery. We’ll also compare the differences of story driven humor versus random jokes, and see how best to apply them.

Session 05 Be a Storyteller


In the previous sessions we’ve focused on building up our storyboarding toolset. Armed with these tools, we’re now ready to get into the core of storytelling. We’ll dive into plot, character development, and how to set up a moment within a scene to bring stronger emotional impact.

Session 06 Story is Life


In this final session we’ll look at how to pitch your storyboards, an art in and of itself! We’ll also look at the relationship between storyboards and animatics, and a valuable exercise and live demonstration of how to invent your own stories.

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Storyboarding Fundamentals Workshop starts the week of November 6, 2017.
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