Storyboard Drawing and Visualization for Film, Animation and Interactive Media

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Open, Small seminar—Spring

This course focuses on the art of storyboard construction as the preproduction stage for film/video, graphics, and animation. Students will be introduced to storyboard strategies, exploring visual concepts such as shot types, continuity, pacing, transitions, and sequencing into visual communication. Both classical and experimental techniques for creating storyboards will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on production of storyboard drawings, both by hand and digitally, to negotiate sequential image development and establish shot-by-shot progression, staging, frame composition, editing, and continuity in film and other media. Instruction will concentrate primarily on drawing from thumbnail sketches through final presentation storyboards. The final project for this class will be the production by each student of a full presentation storyboard and a low-res animatic in a combined visual, audio, and text presentation format. Knowledge of storyboards and animatics from this class can be used for idea development and presentation of projects to collaborators, for pitching projects, for professional agencies, and—most importantly—for you, the maker.  Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and Flash software may be used in the development of storyboards and animatics.