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. Standard Format: Length: 8 Weeks. Lectures: Pre-Recorded each week Assignment: Deadlines each week. Feedback: Individual recorded. QandA: Once a week *For classes with fewer than 6 students feedback may be provided during the live Q&A session.



  • 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. 

February 3rd, 2018 - April 8th 2018 + 4 weeks of content review

Mark Walton is an American story artist and voice actor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Walton is best known for voicing Rhino the hamster in the 2008 animated film Bolt.Throughout the 2000s, he became a storyboard artist on Home on the Range, "The Zit" for the TV series, Independent Lens, Return to Neverland, 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, Chicken Little, Bolt, and Meet the Robinsons. In 2004, he started his voice actor career on Home on the Range as Barry & Bob, the Longhorns. The next year, he was the voice of Goosey Loosey for the computer-animated film, Chicken Little and its video game. In 2008, he was the voice for Rhino the hamster in Bolt for which he was nominated for an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production, and the short film spin-off Super Rhino.

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