Learn to Storyboard for Film or Animation
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Learn to Storyboard for Film or Animation

An introduction to drawing storyboards for Film, TV, Animation or Gaming
4.4 (787 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,184 students enrolled
Created by Siobhan Twomey
Last updated 7/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 15 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You'll be able to draw storyboard panels for scripts
  • You'll learn the entire process of storyboarding, for animation or for film, from start to finish
  • You'll know all the main camera angles and shots used in film, animation, tv and gaming
  • You'll learn directing and editing techniques
  • You'll learn concrete skills, like how to draw characters, layouts and scenes
  • You'll learn how to draw basic characters and character model sheets
  • You'll be able to draw scenes and backgrounds using 1-point and 2-point perspective
  • You will learn principles of animation and how to draw for animation
  • Become a Storyboard Artist
  • A love of story telling, film, and visual language
  • You don't have to be able to draw - I'm going to teach you techniques for drawing that you can easily start using today
  • You can draw your storyboards on paper and follow this course; or you can use a drawing tablet such as a Wacom tablet and pen
  • Photoshop or a similar digital drawing application is preferable

This is a complete overview of Storyboarding for Film, Animation or Gaming. By taking this online storyboard course, you will be taking your first steps towards an exciting career path.

In this course, I take you step-by-step through the entire process of making storyboards: from how to draw, to what camera angles to use, to breaking down a script and drawing it out. I'm here to help and support you along the way.

This course covers everything you need to know to about the creative process of Storyboarding for Film or Animation. You will learn concrete skills such as how to draw characters, how to draw in perspective, what camera angles and shots to use for your scripts, and how to make your shots and scenes flow together.

As a Storyboard Artist you get to draw the film, shot for shot. It's by far the most creative job in the whole production process. Whether you are interested in gaming, animation, sketching, comic books or filmmaking, the concepts and techniques in this course will get you started on the road to professional success. You can begin to build a portfolio from right within the course, or you can start storyboarding your own projects now to a professional standard. I've packed this course with only the most relevant and detailed material. I've distilled everything I've learnt in my 15 years as an animation and film professional into each lesson.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who is interested in animation, how to draw storyboards, comics, thumbnails
  • If you are interested in film making and script writing
  • Filmmakers who need to know how to storyboard their own projects
  • Anyone interested in getting into professional animation storyboarding
  • Anyone who wants to be able to professional present their script, idea or concept in a visual format
  • Animators who want to develop storyboarding skills
  • Illustrators who want to get into animation
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 01:52:19
+ Introduction
4 lectures 14:35

Welcome to the course. In this video I'll give a quick intro and overview of the course content.

Preview 03:33

You don't need to work digitally, but in this video I'll explain the software I'm using and tell you about options available to you.

Preview 04:56
Shots, Scenes and Sequences
+ Drawing Skills
6 lectures 33:55

These are my tips for drawing in an animation style

My Top 7 Tips for Drawing in Animation

In this video I'll show you easy and effective ways to draw simple characters, as well as simple scenes.

Drawing Characters and Scenes
Drawing the Male Figure
Drawing the Female Figure

Learn how to draw in one-point and two-point perspective. This will help you to easily draw scenes and backgrounds for your storyboards.

Drawing in Perspective
Practice Drawing a Layout
+ Process
8 lectures 39:40

The visual language of film is based on a few shots and camera angles that are used to tell a story. In this video I'll explain the main camera angles that you'll use as a storyboard artist.

Camera Angles and Shots
Draw 3 different camera angles using the Character and Background provided

The process of creating a storyboard from script to final board can be broken down into 5 steps

Overview of the Boarding Process

In this video, we will read through a sample script and break it down in terms of beats so that we can identify the best shots to use.

Breaking Down a Script

Drawing thumbnails is a crucial step because you can work out camera angles and moves without getting into too much detail. Plus you can easily move, edit or add panels in the thumbnail stage.

Drawing Thumbnails

After thumbnails are done, you can draw into a final storyboard.


In this video I block out the second part of the sample script with rough thumbnails.

Thumbnailing Part 2

Cleaned up board panels and camera moves

Refining Part 2
Using the script I've left here, have a go at coming up with your own storyboard
Draw Your Own Storyboard
1 question
+ Visual Storytelling
5 lectures 20:12
Introduction to Visual Language

In this video I'll explain how you can use composition, and the rule of thirds, to effectively underscore the story point of a scene.

Principles of Composition

The P.O.V. is a common shot used in dialogue, but it's also effectively used to ensure the audience identifies with the character. This video explains how this works.

Storytelling Shots: The P.O.V.

An all-important rule in storyboarding and cinematography: the 180 degree rule.

The 180 Degree Rule

Here's how you can use moving camera shots in your storyboards, and how you indicate them.

Camera Moves
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 03:56

In conclusion, I'll wrap up by going over the main points that I think are the most essential take-aways from the course

Wrap Up and Review