Storyboard / Visual Storytelling

Course Purpose

This course introduces students to the methods and tools of storytelling, from single image to full sequential storytelling. Concepts like story structure, composition, visual structure, staging, camera, development of story structure, verbal story telling skills, pitching, story sense and understanding story and character progressions will be covered. Illustrating the narrative, in order to visualize and tell the story, planning shots, drawing panels to demonstrate action and maintain continuity between scenes of an animation requires a thorough understanding of layout, composition, sequential drawing and editing. Students will learn to effectively create images to support and communicate the emotion of a story. Students will also learn the underlying fundamentals of visual storytelling through assignments and lectures beginning with the foundation of story and story concept through to more complex ideas in short and long form animation. Through practical application students will develop their Storytelling abilities by creating storyboards and making short animatics. Assignments will be critiqued in a process similar to work done in an animation studio.

Course Goals and Outcomes

With practical application students will develop their Storytelling by creating storyboards and making short animatics. Assignments will be critiqued in a process similar to work done in an animation studio.

Course Activities

Story Concept
Introducing Students to the basic concepts of story and storytelling, especially for short film.

Storyboarding
Illustrating and envisioning a story through pictures, in essence visually directing the film is what Storyboarding entails. Introduced to Visual Storytelling by examining the principles, terminologies, artistic concepts and cinematic techniques, students will learn what is necessary to create clear, concise and engaging storyboards to professional industry standards. In addition to rendering the visual artwork of the storyboard, students will create video Animatic’s in which to gain the knowledge and skills of timing, pacing, cutting and editing using Industry standard software.

Final Project Concept
In the final two Terms students will learn the procedures in the planning and execution, producing 3 complete animated productions. During this part of the Visual Storytelling course students will gain additional advanced instruction to create 3 professional quality storyboards for their final projects, through lectures Pitching and critique

Course Texts

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
Film Directing Shot by Shot by Steven D. Katz
Storyboard: Motion in Art by Mark Simon

In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition by Walter Murch

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