The course is designed to help students develop skills in generating ideas for moving image productions. These ideas are then developed in a script, storyboard and animatic using software such as LibreOffice, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects (or similar software packages).
The course comprises of theory and practical skills development. The early part of the course covers theory in story development and exploring the types of shots used in moving image production. Each theory stage leads on to practical elements for students to follow.
The course is spread across 22 video lectures, with 2 hours and 45 minutes of content. The course is suitably designed as blended learning to compliment classroom based courses on art and media production. Alternatively, the course is stand alone so students can work at their own pace.
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Developing stories for video production
Section 3: Scriptwriting
Section 4: Storyboarding
Section 5: Creating an animatic
Section 6: Simple animation using Photoshop and Premiere
Section 7: Animating Photoshop layers in After Effects
Section 8: Simple character animation using Photoshop and Premiere
Section 9: Comparing animatic to complete promo
Section 10: Conclusion
This course is designed to help you understand some of the processes involved in developing ideas for an animation or video production through to creating an animatic. These stages help producers prepare for developing a proposal to help raise funds for the final production. Often this is missed out but it is crucial in determining how feasible an animation or video production will be to make.
I have been a Media lecturer for twelve years, initially at UCE Birmingham and more recently at the Southern Regional College, where I was the Course Coordinator on the HND in Interactive Media Production and the new HND in Creative Media Production for three academic years.
My academic work involves designing and implementing courses from BTEC First Diploma Level 2 through to HND Level 5 courses; internal verification; planning and grading assignments; reviewing equipment and software needs for both classroom and studio based work; and pastoral care for students. I have also had a key role in setting up the NI SkillSet Academy between 2006 and 2008.
I have over thirty years experience in digital video, film and television, primarily as an editor but over the past twenty years also in production. I have worked for the BBC NI, UTV, RTE and many independent production companies. I have written numerous short scripts, which have been put into production and screened either in film festivals or broadcast on UK television. I have developed one of my feature film screenplays called 'The Fall' into a published novel and set up the new publishing company, Gullion Media Limited in 2008. I have been working with new authors to publish their books. To date the company has published 4 books: 'The Fall'; 'Hidden' ( both authored by George J. Kingsnorth); 'GeoCache' by Errol Bader and 'Stripping it back' by Billy Dixon.
With Jeff Marshall, as co-producer, I have written and director an award winning low-budget digital feature film called 'Fiddler's Walk'. I am currently producing a feature film called 'Monty's Quest'. In addition, I am co-producer, co-director and editor of the feature length documentary 'Bleeding Pines of Turpentine' (BPOT) about the devastation and recuperation of the long-leaf pines in North Carolina and how this has affected the local community. BPOT was the opening film at the 2nd Newry Film Festival 2013 on 16th September 2013.
Managing Director of Youtreetv Ltd, a new company set up to produce video tutorials for on-line courses November 2013 - present.
Managing Director of Gullion Media Limited, a new publishing company Sept 2007 – Current.
Lecturer in Media Production, Southern Regional College Sept 2004 – Feb 2014 (Currently on a career break).
Course Director/Senior Lecturer – Digital Television Technology & Production, TIC Dec 2002 – Sept 2004.
Freelance Editor/Director & Managing Director Blue Sphere Productions now Kingsnorth Films Ltd Aug 1997 – Current.
Avid Editor, Callister Communications Ltd, Lisburn May 1995 – Aug 1997.
Freelance Editor/Director, Belfast, June 1989 – May 1995.
Picture Editor, Anglia Television, Norwich – June 1988 – May 1989. Assistant Film Editor, BBC NI, Belfast, Dec 1984 – June 1988.
Inhouse Productions Ltd, Manchester, April 1984 – Dec 1984.
Education: Master of Education, 2013 University of Ulster.
Master of Arts Degree in Media Studies, 2005 University of Ulster.
Postgraduate Diploma in Further & Higher Education, 2008, University of Ulster.
Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Television Technology & Production, 2003 UCE.
Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Culture 2003 O.U.
BA in General Studies 1997, O.U.
H.N.D. Film & Television 1983 Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design.
I have twenty years experience working in the IT industry working for a range of well known companies including broadcast. I have a wealth of knowledge working with Open Source technologies as a developer and systems administrator. In recent years I have made my living from writing bespoke solutions in Perl and PHP on LAMP platforms.