Intermediate
Storyboarding

Curriculum Summary

6-week course breakdown:

Session 01 Using Reference


Reference can be used to inspire and guide a visual storyteller. In storyboarding we want to have a good library in our brain. Studying reference can help to give your storytelling a boost. Learn to see the storytelling that is happening. In this session we’ll use in-class demonstration with reference to examine a scene’s flow and how it can help the story artist.

Session 02 Conflict, Tension, and the Reveal


How do we reveal info or surprise the audience with something? Keep your audience curious. Make them ask . . ."What's gonna happen next?" What’s the reveal? Introducing a Tension Moment between characters or into a situation engages the audience to see what will happen next and creates anticipation. It connects and bonds characters. The outcome can be comedy or drama, but no matter what it, it’s an emotion.

Session 03 Inventing Story


Telling a story that matters…that’s our goal as storytellers. Funny, dramatic, poignant, sad, triumphant . . . in the end we want to tell stories that connect with an audience. A connection to a character or group’s goals and needs. But HOW do we come up with stories/ideas when we're stuck? This session will share ways to spark imagination and create stories. It will help to guide your creativity in scenes, sequences, and over-all storytelling.

Session 04 Visual Story Guiding


Planning out a story? Where should an audience look? Is that the right shot for the scene or moment? Is everything going in the correct screen direction? When we storyboard, we can get caught up in the story on the page, forget that an audience has to be able to naturally follow the pace and flow of your visuals. In this session we’ll refresh our basics and also discuss some tricks and advanced concepts of visual storytelling.

Session 05 Action AND Character Matter


Even in the middle of an action sequence, we still want to care about the characters. We want to feel something for the action that is happening. How? Remind the audience that the characters matter, they are interesting, and they have goals. Don’t lose character focus during action.

Session 06 Scene Pitching, Animatics, and Portfolios


Once you’ve storyboarded a scene/sequence/story . . . how do you present it? For Pitching Scenes and Sequences, remember that it's a performance. Remember that your portfolio represents you. Can you create a watchable performance/moment with an animatic? In this final session, we’ll discuss sharing your work in different forms and also have in-class pitches of stories.

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