Learn to Storyboard: The First Steps of Visual Storytelling | Leo M. | Skillshare

Learn to Storyboard: The First Steps of Visual Storytelling

Leo M., Story Artist at Walt Disney Studios

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

    • 2. Rules & Tools of Storyboarding (Part 1)

    • 3. Rules & Tools of Storyboarding (Part 2)

    • 4. Generating Three Ideas

    • 5. Sample Research

    • 6. Research for Pretzel Story

    • 7. Paradigm

    • 8. Thumbnails

    • 9. First Pass

    • 10. Second Pass

    • 11. Final Pass

    • 12. Final Pass Cleanup Tutorial

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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. 






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Leo M.

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...

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