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Storyboarding For Film, Video And Animation

Storyboarding For Film, Video And Animation

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Lynne Hood


Alfred Hitchcock once said that he planned out every detail of a film in the storyboard, so much so that shooting the movie was the boring bit!

Storyboarding remains the filmmaker's bible, a vital first bridging of the gap between script and production, an indispensable reference point for directors, set designers, lighting technicians, camera operators and actors.

Topics covered

Using short exercises, the course initially concentrates on the basic process of telling stories using sequential images. Participants - as a group - will informally analyse and discuss each other's storyboards and learn the fundamentals together.

Subsequent exercises and presentations will introduce important technical information (the fundamentals of film grammar and cinematic storytelling, narrative pacing, scene-setting, depicting camera moves, lighting set-ups, lenses, etc.) equipping participants with the skills to work with a section of a provided film script to produce a finished sequence.

The final exercise will be shaped by the participants themselves and is an opportunity for them to concentrate on the elements of storyboarding that are personally most relevant to their needs.

By the end of the course participants should have gained invaluable knowledge of script visualisation and the processes involved in completing a professional storyboard.

Entry requirements

The course has been designed to be flexible enough to cater to different levels of capability but participants should have some basic drawing and visualisation skills.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, for the past twenty years Lynne has worked in the animation industry, within a variety of roles from director to designer for children’s series (BBC, ITV, Nickelodeon and Channel 4), interactive games for (BBC and Macmillan), music videos and adverts. She began her career in stop motion animation and enjoys the tactile world of puppet making; this creative influence can be seen in her later digital work.

For several years Lynne has lectured at several London based Universities and co designed an animation course at City Lit. She regularly participates on the jury’s for the Student Royal Television Awards and the British Animation Awards andhas contributed towards books such the “Art of Stopmotion” by Ken Priebe and “Stopmotion” by Barry Purves In more recent years she has been concentrating on producing graphic novels and illustrations for children’s books, her creative work has been shown at exhibitions in London and New York.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • 2B pencils
  • A5 sketchbook.

Available dates