Introduction to Storyboarding (Online Short Course)
A storyboard is a series of panels with drawings and images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualising one or more scenes for a film, animation, a commercial or even interactive media. The storyboarding process helps film directors, animators, TV producers and clients to visualise scenes and sequence of events before committing to production (of a film, animation, etc) to find potential problems and improve the story. It’s a very creative and exciting stage of working with motion pictures, where everything is possible!
A storyboard is a visual layout of events as they are to be seen through the camera lens. With a storyboard, your goal is to communicate your vision to other people. In this course you will learn and apply the essential skills about this process, to tell stories using sequential images, and create your own drawn sequence.
To get the most out of this course you should commit at least 1 or 2 hours per week to draw what you’ve learned, and have some basic drawing skills. A storyboard can be drawn on paper or created digitally with Photoshop or other program, or with free storyboard drawing software available online. If you’re drawing digitally, a Wacom graphic tablet and pen would be beneficial.
- Storyboard as a point of reference
- Principles of storyboarding
- How to construct a story with acts and sequences
- Working with story panels
- Types of shots and camera moves
- How to frame your shot and camera angles
- Using directional arrows, indicating action and camera movement
- Direction of action
- Common pitfalls: the Dos and Don'ts of storyboarding
By the end of this course you will have:
- An understanding and knowledge of storyboard principles
- Learned to deconstruct a film/animation scene
- Learned to construct a scene visually
- Created a storyboard sequence
- Learned about camera moves, actors or characters movement, scene staging
Who is Introduction to Storyboarding (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to tell a story visually in sequential panels, for your portfolio, a film or animation project, a comic book or other visual projects.
Why choose an LCC Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Communications wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all LCC Online Short Courses include;
- Live sessions with expert
- Lesson recordings
- Practical assignments
- Personal feedback
- VLE with course content
- Forums for support
- 3 months online access
- LCC Certificate upon completion
Further details about preparing for your online course, including the equipment you need, can be found at Frequently Asked Questions.
Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Buddy.
Francesco de Manincor is a character designer, animator and illustrator with a broad experience in visual storytelling, from storyboarding to animation. After studying Fine Arts and Art Direction, and working in comics, illustration and visual communication in his native Italy, Francesco moved to London and for the past 15 years has worked on commercial projects and taught digital media, design and animation, creating visual content, illustrations and concept art, editing videos, motion graphics, and designing characters for print and product applications.
Francesco likes to start by exploring ideas drawing on paper, to then complete production and post-production using digital tools, for the unbounded possibilities that these offer. He believes that it's all about realising our vision, about storytelling, to captivate and engage the viewer and create that little bit of magic.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:
- A notepad and a pen
- A modern computer with an up-to-date operating system
- An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome is recommended)
- A microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
Finally, a good broadband connection is also essential (mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).