MEA-109 - Story Development and Storyboarding - Masha Vasilkovsky
|Course:||Story Development and Storyboarding|
This class will familiarize Students with key principles of graphic storytelling: storyboarding. Through exploring various aspects of the art-form, students will gain an understanding of the visual language of storyboarding. Structuring, staging and composition of shots and sequences is essential to the visualization process to achieve clear communication between a film and its audience. Students will experiment with dramatic storytelling techniques. They will visually describe the story through cause and effect, and motivate their narrative using expressive acting as well as the intensity of composition and montage.
As an outcome of the course students will be able to:
- Acquire an understanding of the visual language of storyboarding.
- Distinguish and apply fundamental principles of frame design, composition, choosing camera angles and montage, to prepare a storyboard for animated film production.
- Understand key principles in graphic storytelling.
What to Expect in this Course
The class is based in Canvas, using Zoom platform for weekly meetings. Please make sure that your Zoom setup includes working a camera and microphone.
Every storyboarding assignment takes several weeks to progress into a finished product. Every week students receive new information and participate in critique of their assigned work. For the following week they are expected to respond to feedback and complete the next stage in the production of their storyboards. All the completed homework is uploaded to an appropriate assignment in Canvas. This process of developing and refining their work continues until the full completion of each assignment.
The class uses hands-on approach. Students work with analog methods of production, using paper and drawing materials for making initial artwork. Subsequently storyboard panels are photographed or scanned into a computer and processed using Photoshop or an equivalent software for image editing. A storyboard is then uploaded into a Google Slide presentation, and the link is posted into a corresponding Canvas assignment.
Types of Assessments
To pass the course students are expected to complete all the assignments, as well as apply critique given in class to perfecting their storyboards. Students demonstrate their comprehension of concepts presented in class, by submitting weekly progress in finalizing their storyboards for feedback. All the production stages and the finished work, provide the teacher with evaluation criteria to determine their level of understanding of the storyboarding process and the amount of effort invested into learning the subject.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Students are not required to purchase a textbook, as all the relevant information will be delivered to them during the semester. Here is the bibliography for the course:
'Directing the Story,' by Francis Glebas
'Framed Ink,' by Marcos Mateu-Menstre
'The Storyboard Artist,' by Giuseppe Christiano
'Visual Story, Seeing the Structure of TV, Film and New Media,' by Bruce Block
'Notan, The Dark-Light Principle of Design,' by Dorr Bothwells and Marlys Mayfield
Other Relevant Course Information
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Attendance is crucial to student success in the class: if a student is absent, they are required to watch the recording for the class they missed.
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