Storyboarding for Directors: Practical 5-Day Workshop with Filming
Duration: 5 days
Capacity: Max. 8 participants
This 5-day workshop introduces storyboarding as an effective tool and process for filmmakers.
Working on scenes from your own projects, Dylan Stone will show you how to transform the vision inside your head into drawings on paper, and then from this storyboard into a filmic image. The greatest advantage of a storyboard is to have your mind transported from a series of drawings to how they will look as a film.
Participants will be asked to prepare in advance of the course, an idea for a short film. It will be storyboarded in class, filmed with your fellow participants as crew and actors, and then edited during the workshop.
We will ask you to bring your smart phone, tablet or any filming device you normally use for shooting footage. You will also need a laptop for editing. We will be using free editing software. If you cannot bring any of the above items, you can borrow them from us.
All levels of drawing experience are accommodated on this course. Previous participants on Dylan’s storyboarding workshops have been amazed at how quickly their confidence has been transformed simply by learning a few basic drawing techniques and learning how to apply their skills to a storyboarding context.
This course is an expansion of Dylan's previous 4-day workshop at LFS.
The film you want to make should be approximately one minute long. We will give you a variety of locations to choose from; interiors located within LFS and exteriors located in the immediate area of Covent Garden. You can choose nearby locations if you prefer. Information about the locations will be sent to you.
Simple and easy props such as tables and chairs are available to be used within the school premises. Other objects may be requested, or if there is something really specific you need, of course you are welcome to bring what you like.
At this stage you may have more than one idea; write them all down, bring them to the workshop and discuss them with Dylan and with the rest of the class, some of whom will be your crew.
The first four morning sessions will be spent learning how to sketch faces, bodies and hands in different positions and angles. You will learn how to draw a room and windows from many perspectives, and how to place objects inside that space and how time of day may affect your scene.
Placed into each day will be a look at art history and how images tell stories and how centuries of art have influenced filmmakers and the decisions artists and directors make to frame their work. These sessions will explore composition, colour, background, foreground and, of course, getting ideas for how to compose your own shots for your own films.
In the afternoons you will apply your new drawing skills to storyboarding exercises. As soon as you and/or your group are ready to move on, you will begin to work on your own scenes. Dylan will work with each participant or group at their own pace, having something ready to shoot by the end of day four.
Filming will take place on the morning of day five. Working in groups of three or four, each participant will shoot their scene before rotating with the other members of the group. A two hour working lunch will give each participant the opportunity to edit their scene, using laptops and freely available software on the web. If you do not already have editing software installed on your laptop, we can advise you on which one to choose.
On the last day of the course there will be a screening of all the scenes, and a group discussion about how the process worked with each participant.