Learn to Storyboard: The First Steps of Visual Storytelling

Leo Matsuda, Story Artist at Walt Disney Studios

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12 Videos (1h 41m)
    • What is Storyboarding?

    • Rules & Tools of Storyboarding (Part 1)

    • Rules & Tools of Storyboarding (Part 2)

    • Generating Three Ideas

    • Sample Research

    • Research for Pretzel Story

    • Paradigm

    • Thumbnails

    • First Pass

    • Second Pass

    • Final Pass

    • Final Pass Cleanup Tutorial


About This Class

This class is an introduction to visual storytelling, open to anyone of any skill level. 


Storyboarding is the skill of visually organizing a story - a valuable process for flowing out films, comics, illustrations, business plans or essays. After all, there's a good story woven into every successful project!

What You'll Learn

  • Understanding Storyboarding. What is Storyboarding? How would someone approach it? What are the fundamental tools? 
  • Coming Up with Your Story Idea. Coming up with a story that's unique to you and "gutsy" in some way.
  • Researching Your Subject. You'll be asked to find pictures, documents or any other source of information that'll offer inspiration on your subject. 
  • Exploring and Structuiring Your Ideas. You'll produce a blueprint of your story in its simplest form. 
  • Executing Your Ideas. Draft your storyboard in a way that communicates your story exactly how you'd like. 


What You'll Make

You'll use the project guide I designed to storyboard a story from your life - anything from a favorite childhood memory to something that happened on the way to work this morning. 

As a story artist at Walt Disney Studios, storyboarding is what I do (and love) daily. 


164 of 169 students recommendSee All

Very clear approach to storyboarding, showing the iterative process and decision making in improving shots to make them connect better. Great information!
incredibly helpful and adorable. i appreciate the opportunity to learn! Thank you!





Leo Matsuda

Story Artist at Walt Disney Studios

I was born in Brazil and grew up in Sao Paulo. I attended Cal Arts, interned at Pixar and then lent my  talents to The Simpsons Movie. I joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2008 where I began storyboarding on Wreck-it Ralph. Most recently, I was part of the crew that crafted the story behind the Academy Award-Winner film Big Hero 6. In my role, I was responsible for visualizing and interpreting the director's vision from script to screen. I worked closely with the director, story team and writers to build the structure of the story and create an entertaining film.

Check out more of my work on my blog and my story portfolio. Look forward to many great stories and designs!