Storyboarding for Film Narratives
Storyboard illustrations play an important part in the production of film, television and animation. On this course you will gain exclusive insight into rare materials that will be translated into practical exercises. You will be encouraged to embrace your personal background of varied inspirations and pick apart the passive role you play in simply viewing film material...
Taught by: Mike Nicholson.
Storyboard illustrations play an important part in the production of film, television and animation. On this course you will gain exclusive insight into rare materials that will be translated into practical exercises. You will be encouraged to embrace your personal background of varied inspirations and pick apart the passive role you play in simply viewing film material. You will be taught how to dive in and become one of the first people employed on a production; the script needs a director and a director needs a storyboard artist.
Through discussions and exercises you will understand what separates storyboarding (turning the written word into a sequential visual guide for filming) from illustration (producing single images for print) .
The course will enable you to understand the unique demands that characterise the relationship between director and storyboard artist. You will also learn about filmic language and how it affects what is required of the storyboard artist, and be introduced to the (sometimes harsh) reality of such work along with ways of dealing with the challenges it presents.
- Storyboarding process
- Filmic language
- Illustrative styles
- Image making process
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Learn about the visual language of storyboarding as it reflects a script and serves the act of film-making
- Develop a drawing approach from initial breakdown to ‘rough stage’ ideas to ‘final’ stage storyboards
- Understand what it is to break down written text and create a fluent visual narrative, employing POV (‘point of view’) to engage the viewer and drive the overall story
Who Should Attend
Aspiring film-makers, storyboard artists, illustrators wishing to diversify, gamers wanting to understand stories better.
Mike Nicholson is a professional illustrator, storyboard artist, zine artist/author and educator. He has worked for numerous illustration clients since 1985 (incl. BBC, Penguin Books, Weekend Guardian, Amnesty International and Oxford University Press). Mike has also been involved in storyboarding for Film, TV and Advertising (including a strong interest in comedy reflected by work with Reeves and Mortimer, Armando Iannucci, Paul Merton and The League of Gentlemen). He has worked with many directors including Mark Mylod (‘Game of Thrones’), Rachel Talalay (‘Dr. Who’) and Metin Huseyin (‘Kingdom’). Mike has also worked with best-selling author Charlie Higson on the creation of an illustrated map to accompany his hit series of young adult horror novels, ‘The Enemy’. Additionally, his illustrations were used by Why Not Associates for a series of short films on dementia instigated by the Design Council.