Introduction To Story Boarding
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Introduction To Story Boarding

Learn the language of film while mastering drawing to achieve great Story Boards for the inner Story teller in you.
4.1 (31 ratings)
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Created by Dalton Grant Jr
Last updated 1/2013
English
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will be able to do story boards for Short animations , Short live action films ,Game cinematics , Photo Narratives and Story Pitching for designers trying to sell new ideas.
  • In this course you will learn to :
  • Draw people with a quick short hand techniques used by professionals
  • Use Visual symbolism for maximum impact
  • Set up Camera's
  • Story structure with images
  • Edit your content to help strengthen your presentations
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Requirements
  • Adobe Photoshop CS 3,4,5 or 6.
  • Paper and pens
  • Basic drawing skills helps but is not required
Description


This course is about learning the craft of storyboarding for animation artists, filmmakers, game design artists, graphic designers and people interested in learning how the storyboarding process affects the film, game and design work you may be doing.

In this course you can find lectures, video demonstrations and PDFs that will help further the information provided in each session.

You may be able to complete the lectures in a 1 week time period but I would encourage going back over the material as many times as you like until you have mastered the information provided. Plus, there will be ongoing discussions between students and myself to help build the independent animation, game and film communities.

This course is structured in sessions that consist of lectures. The students will need to watch or listen to the lectures provided and work alongside the demonstrations to help them follow the information provided. You will in some sessions be asked to read PDF materials provided in the sessions. Considering the possibility of a high volume of students, I will try my best to answer most of the questions and give feedback when I host live sessions. I also plan on scheduling live sessions with industry professionals so that you get a clearer understanding of the techniques used here.

By taking this course in Intro to Storyboarding, you will gain the foundations of a visual storyteller. The goal here is to insure that the people who sign up will learn to use industry methods to further enhance the stories they would like to tell. I would like to help create new storyboard artists for filmmaking, game design, photography for narratives, and graphic design by adding some proven creative storytelling skills to their visual work.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for anyone who feels they have a story they feel needs to be seen not heard. The students here need no formal training in drawing or painting but if you already have these tools coming in you will learn to push what you already use.
  • This course is also going to help introduce the world of film making and visual narratives to those who simply like Games, Movies , Narrative Photography and Animation. Anyone can learn to use these simple skills to broaden their ability's and launch them in a new possible career they other wise thought was not possible.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 47 Lectures Collapse All 47 Lectures 03:30:37
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Instructor Introduction
1 Lecture 03:55
Introductory video about the instructor and what you will learn from taking this course. 
Preview 03:55
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Circles Break Down
3 Lectures 08:53

This Lecture is breaking down the Circle shape as it pertains to the design of the subject used in stories. All examples are from sketches and film references to help you understand how to use the Circle in design towards the stories you choose to tell.
Preview 08:36

Home Work
1 page
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Square For Story Artist
2 Lectures 06:53
This Lecture is breaking down the Square shape as it pertains to the design of the subject used in stories. All examples are from sketches and film references to help you understand how to use the square in design towards the stories you choose to tell. 
Square break down
06:53

Square Homework
1 page
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Triangle For Story Artist
3 Lectures 10:31
This Lecture is breaking down the Triangle shape as it pertains to the design of the subject used in stories. All examples are from sketches and animation film references to help you understand how to use the square in design towards the stories you choose to tell. 
Triangle Broken down
09:12

Triangle homework
1 page

A quick recap and example of the three shapes explained. A slide driven lecture designed to help understand how to use the shapes to tell story. 
Shapes_recap
01:19
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Short-hand Face and head drawing basics
6 Lectures 36:10
Face Intro Vid
00:27

This video includes commentary with a demonstration on simple steps on drawing eyes for story artist. 
Eye's Broken down
05:27

Demonstration on drawing noses for the story artist. Basic lecture on understanding the forms that create the nose so its easy to draw. 
Drawing Noses short hand for story boarding
07:38

This demonstration goes over the fundamentals of drawing the lips. Artist will learn the short hand for story boarding and being able to quickly draw lips on their characters in story boards. 
Drawing mouths Short hand for story boarding
06:21

This demonstrations goes over the basics of drawing the ears. The basic structure of the ears are discussed and simplified. 
Drawing Ears Short hand for story boarding
02:54

This video will go over putting all the fundamental skills of drawing the different parts of the human face in proportion together. You should be prepared by this point to draw any human face based on previous discussions on the different parts of the face. 
Heads and Faces Drawing short hand for story boarding
13:23
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The Human Body Broken down for story artist.
7 Lectures 35:03
Intro Clip for Body Lectures
00:48

Basic break down on how to draw the human torso for a male. The fundamentals of whats important to indicate when drawing the torso is discussed. 
Drawing the Torso for story artist
05:32

The fundamentals of drawing the arms in a easy quick way. A continued discussion on how to connect the arm to the torso. 
Drawing the Arms short hand for story artist
04:33

This video is a basic demonstration on how to draw the hands in a few short steps as well as a lecture on the importance of hands in performance. 
Drawing the Hands Short hand for story artist
07:57

This video is a basic break down how to draw the fingers. 
Drawing fingers short hand for story artist
03:50

This lecture is a break down of how to draw legs for story artist. The lecture includes simplified ways of breaking down the leg for simple quick short use in story boards. 
Drawing legs short hand for story artist
07:27

This video discusses the importance of feet and how to draw them. Foundation continuation of drawing different parts of the human form for story boarding. 
Drawing Feet short hand for story artist
04:56
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Camera basics Made simple
6 Lectures 09:13
Camera Basics Intro Vid
00:30

This video is the basic break down of how the wide angle shot works and how its used. 
Wide angles , basic explained
01:41

This video is a break down of a shot from Akira on medium shots and how they can be used in story boards.
Medium Shots basics explained
01:59

This video breaks down the use of Low angles for cinema and story boarding. 
Low angle Shots , basics explained
01:37

This video is a short lecture on the use of high angle camera shots, their use in story and story boarding. 
High angle , basics explained
01:45

This video is a basic break down of how to use the close up and the importance of close ups in story telling. 
Close up, basics explained
01:41
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How to draw and compose characters in basic camera's
6 Lectures 28:38
Basic introduction about drawing from camera's. 
Drawing In Camera Intro Clip
00:24

This lecture is a basic drawing demo of how to draw the wide angle shot in your story boards. 
Drawing Wide angles with characters
06:13

This video breaks down how to draw the medium shots in your story boards. 
Drawing Medium shots with characters
08:16

This video is a demonstration of how to draw the close up camera angle in your story boards. 
Drawing Close ups with characters
05:19

Drawing Low angles with characters
03:51

High angles with characters
04:35
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Camera Blocking and laying out action.
2 Lectures 06:44
Intro Video for camera blocking.
Camera-Blocking
00:35

Camera blocking explained
06:09
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Putting It All Together
11 Lectures 01:00:37
Putting It All Together Intro Vid
01:28


Aspect Ratios before planning compositions
1 page

This Video breaks down a few lines from a script and is an example demonstration on how to camera block. 
Creating camera blocking from Script
17:55

This lecture is about how to draw thumbnails from the camera blocking created in lecture 38. 
Thumbnails
06:18

This video is taking the thumbnails created from lecture 39 and is a demonstration on how to clean up the drawings from the thumbnails. 
Clean up 01
05:01

Continued cleanup demo from lecture 40 cleanup 01 
Clean up 02
04:02

Clean up demonstration continued from lecture 41 cleanup 02 .
Clean up 03
05:32

Clean up demonstration continued from lecture 42 cleanup 03 .
Clean up 04
04:22

Last thumbnail from the clean up demonstration discussed. The final from the lecture on clean up and how to use value in the story boards. 
Story board cleanup
03:29

This video discusses the basics of how Rhythm in your shot selection has a direct effect on how people view your story boards. It goes over two examples to show case what the idea of rhythm in your shots means and one example of how to fix it if you don't have it.  
Rhythm of images
08:42
About the Instructor
Dalton Grant Jr
4.1 Average rating
31 Reviews
663 Students
1 Course
Story board artist and Producer at Red Giant Studios

I have been a storyboard artist in the SF bay area for the last 12 years working on projects such as Pixar's Cars, Dreamworks Shrek 2 and Wild Brain's Higgley Town Hero's to name a few. I have also worked as an instructor at the Academy of Art University and San Francisco State University before founding Red Giant Studios in 2008 where he now serves as Director and Chief Innovation Officer. I have traveled to China as a guest judge in the Xiamen animation film festival in 2011 and have toured the mainland giving lectures as well as animation consulting. I have also worked in the game industry as concept artist and storyboard artist for commercials and advertisments.