Previsualization Basics
for Animators

Previsualization Basics
for Animators

6 Week Workshop

Course Length: 6 weeks with Live Q&As
Start Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 (Summer 2019)
Price: $899 *

*Includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee
Seats are limited

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When Worlds Collide: Animation Meets Cinematography

How do filmmakers plan complex visual effects and animated sequences for major motion pictures? One word - Previs!

Previsual animation is used in all types of film and television, meaning that previs skills are extremely valuable whether you’re interested in working on animated films, live-action films, TV, or even games!

Learning previsualization is a great way to push your animation skills into a creative role earlier in the production pipeline. A Previs Artist starts with rough building blocks, just the storyboards or script, which they interpret into a 3D space through camera staging and animation. In this workshop, you’ll learn how animation and camera work are used to help take a project all the way from script to screen.

You’ll also build on your existing animation abilities by: learning how to read a script, planning a sequence, experimenting with cameras, and adding temporary effects. By the end of this workshop, you will have taken part of a script and created your own previs sequence!

Note: This is a fast-paced, exciting, and challenging course, and by the end, you’ll have 15–30 seconds of animation to add to your demo reel! Intermediate to advanced animation experience is recommended to get the most value out of Previsualization Basics for Animators.

Industry Professionals Mentor You to Be Successful

Animation Mentor mentor Nicole Herr
Nicole Herr

Nicole is a 19+ year animation veteran and currently works at Digital Domain. She was the Senior Previs Character Animator for The Lion King, Rampage, and the Best Visual Effects Oscar winning film,The Jungle Book. Her credits also include previsualization work for The Guardians of the Galaxy, the CW TV series - The Flash, and Supergirl! Nicole also mentors the Creature Animation courses and Core Animation courses at Animation Mentor.

Tuesdays| 9:00 - 10:00 PM Pacific Time
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An example of previsualization for film

An example of previsualization for the film Guardians of the Galaxy

Who is This Workshop For?

  • Open to English speaking students who are 18 years or older
  • Designed for animators with knowledge of body mechanics
  • Animators considering previs as a career—it’s a great option to explore!
  • Animators interested in the combination of storytelling, cinematography, and animation
  • Those interested in a fast-paced and creative learning experience! You will work quickly to produce a lot of animation—creating 15 to 30 seconds of animation, so experience is a must.

Workshop Format

  • 6 week online workshop so you can learn at home on your own time
  • This workshop meets for one live lesson with your mentor every week
  • Each week you’ll get a recorded video critique of your assignment so you can refer back to it anytime
  • There are no grades for this workshop


  • Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of class
  • Have a good understanding of the English language
  • Have intermediate software computer skills, and meet the minimum computer system requirements
  • Autodesk Maya Student Version
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