What is the course about?
All film making professionals use storyboards as an essential part of their pre-production planning. It’s not only crucial for deciding on your shots and ensuring the narrative is realised effectively but it’s also invaluable for communicating your ideas to collaborators, funding bodies and clients. On this short practical course you will learn the importance of storyboarding in developing an effective sequence. You will learn about different shot types and camera movements, their uses and how to describe them in visual and written form in a storyboard. You will also learn how to incorporate notes and information about
sound, action and timing.
What will we cover?
- The professional uses of storyboards in film and animation
- Narrative structure
- The terminology and uses of different shot types, camera angles and camera movements
- Describing your shots visually and in written form
- Describing sound and action.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the function of storyboards within professional film practice
- understand the structure of narrative
- describe different shot types and camera movements using the correct terminology
- create a storyboard that effectively communicates a narrative sequence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course but is excellent for all film makers and animators with little storyboarding experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your animation skills further with VG161 Digital 2D Character animation using Animate stage 1,VK477 Introduction to puppet animation on Saturday or if you feel ready to make a commitment to developing your animation practice you may like to do VK413 City Lit Animation course. City Lit offer a range of courses in 2D and 3D Animation, Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects, Character animation, editing, sound, illustration, cartooning, storyboarding and adobe Photoshop to enhance your animation practice.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details