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Over 4 week, we’ll show you the art and craft of storyboarding, the initial conceptual process required before any feature can be created. It’s relevant for anyone who wants to learn storyboarding, whether for live action, animation, commercials, or your own private projects.

The course has been designed by industry professionals, including the very talented Francesca Adams, Storyboard Artist at Blue Zoo (one of London's leading animation houses). Industry engagement is the heart of all of our courses and students will work on a live industry brief as part of this course.

To provide additional support and practice there will also be an 8 week period of online mentoring, in which students can polish their skills in a virtual classroom and receive ongoing feedback and support.

Over 4 week, we’ll show you the art and craft of storyboarding, the initial conceptual process required before any feature can be created. It’s relevant for anyone who wants to learn storyboarding, whether for live action, animation, commercials, or your own private projects. The course has been designed by industry professionals, including the very talented Francesca...

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Course Content

Part One - Introduction to Storyboarding

  • General Introduction to Storyboarding: Introductory Exercises. Creativity, ideas and inspiration for stories. Gesture drawing, fast sketches, and research. 
  • Creating images which tell a story: Single images that tell a story. Gag drawings. Situations and character-driven ideas.
  • Standard industry storyboarding process: Script, beat boards, story reel and animatic. Movie structure analysis. Camera and Layout. Reverse-storyboarding a pantomime sequence. 
  • Character Design and Art Direction: Introduction to principles of design and visual development.

Part Two - Storyboarding Technique

  • Structuring a Scene: How to break down script pages. Progression and punctuation in a sequence. Staging. 
  • The Performance: Story beats, narrative structure, pacing, cinematography. 
  • The Animatic: How to edit, cut and time storyboards in Premiere, to create a storyboard animatic. Music, sound effects, voice over and dialogue. 
  • The Pitch: How to pitch your storyboards. Acting, performance and delivery.

Part Three - Online Mentoring

  • Online mentoring will continue for a further 4 weeks. Students will be set a series of projects for delivery, using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as an online virtual classroom. Tutors will provide online mentoring and individual bespoke video feedback.

Part One - Introduction to Storyboarding General Introduction to Storyboarding: Introductory Exercises. Creativity, ideas and inspiration for stories. Gesture drawing, fast sketches, and research.  Creating images which tell a story: Single images that tell a story. Gag drawings. Situations and character-driven ideas. Standard...

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Entry Requirements

 Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English

 Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English

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