Storyboarding for Animation

Storyboarding for Animation

  • Price: $699 | Pay with installments.
  • Pre-Reqs: Analytical Figure Drawing and Environment Sketching or Good Drawing Foundations with a stress on character and environment sketching
  • Materials: Photoshop (any), wacom tablet or equivalent

Course Description:

This is an introduction course where you will learn some techniques for visual storytelling. It will cover methods and exercises to help you generate ideas and learn tips and tricks used in story boarding. The assignments will help you build a starter portfolio for story boarding and equip with the basics for creating your own stories. Weekly individual feedback format: video critique. Lecture for this course will be Live!



  • Week 1:Creating a career path. Finding ideas and sources for stories. Developing quick gestural sketching habits and research. Demonstration of some quick sketch drawing tips.
  • Week 2:Creating Storytelling images. Working with single images to tell stories and do gag drawings. Thoughts and exercises for comedy.
  • Week 3:Industry story boarding process, covering script, beat boards, and building a story reel. Basic movie structure analysis.
  • Week 4:Nuts and bolts for drawing story boards. Line quality, composition, value as they pertain to to story boarding.
  • Week 5:Structuring a scene. Talk about breaking down script pages, finding ways to have progression and punctuation in a sequence. Demonstration of how to board a scene.
  • Week 6:Story boarding using photoshop. A useful overview of the program and the various tools used in the industry. Demonstration of some common feature animation story boarding techniques and ways to work faster.
  • Week 7:Storyboard theory odds and ends. Story telling approaches and visual tools.
  • Week 8:Story portfolios. Finding and exploiting your strengths, and other things you can do to give yourself an advantage in finding work. 

April 30th, 2017 - July 3rd, 2017 + 2 weeks for content review

Jim has worked in the industry for 7 years on both board-driven and script-driven shows (DreamWorks, Nickelodeon). He is most definitely an actual adult human and definitely not 3 small children stacked in an oversized hoodie no sir or ma'am.

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