Effective storyboarding for filmmakers

Course Dates: 08/06/21 - 13/07/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
Storyboards and Animatics (movie versions of your storyboard) are crucial for planning and communicating your film projects to clients, funders or collaborators. Learn how to create an effective storyboard representing different camera shots, framing, action and camera movement and transform it into an engaging animatic.
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00

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Course Code: VG182

Started Tue, day, 08 Jun - 13 Jul '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this practical course you will learn why professional film makers use both storyboards and animatics to plan, communicate and gain funding for their projects. You will learn the meanings of different camera framing, angles, and camera movement and the correct way to describe action, timings and sound to represent your film idea as both a series of still images and a moving image animatic.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The role of storyboarding and animatics in professional film making practice
- The difference between a storyboard and animatic.
- Different shot types and their meanings
- Camera movements, camera angles and their uses.
- Drawing and annotating a storyboard
- Animating the storyboard into a basic animatic
- adding sound files
- exporting an animatic as a QuickTime movie.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- understand the role of storyboarding and animatics in professional film making practice
- understand the difference between a storyboard and animatic.
- draw and annotate a storyboard using different camera framing and movements
- animate the storyboard to create a basic animatic
- understand how to add sound files
- export an animatic as a QuickTime movie.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners’ course. You do not need experience in storyboarding or using Photoshop CC.but you are expected to be able to open applications, navigate, open and save files,.

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 Film making courses.

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 if you would like to take your work home with you (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 further develop your skills and interest in Film making through a range of courses at the City Lit in digital film making using HD, DSLR and iPhone cameras, editing courses across a range of software platforms and sound recording courses. You can also enhance your skills in digital animation (Animate, Photoshop and After Effects as well as a range of stop motion animation techniques.

Lily Markiewicz Tutor Website

Lily is a freelance film editor and consultant. Her main work over the past 10 years has been in helping people turn their dreams and visions into interesting films and successful artworks. She specialises in film editing, but also consults on all other aspects of film making and fine art. “To me, helping people find the stories the really want to tell and turn them into enjoyable and interesting films is uniquely rewarding and deeply fulfilling. I am particularly interested in enabling people’s own capacity, teaching them both practical skills (e.g. use of software and technical aspects of filmmaking) alongside conceptual underpinnings and critical engagement (version of visual literacy).” She has been teaching film and video related subjects ever since her own postgraduate student days. She is also an award-winning and internationally exhibited/collected artist.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.