Storyboarding for Directors: Practical 5-Day Workshop with Filming

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Storyboarding for Directors: Practical 5-Day Workshop with Filming

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Duration: 5 days
Times: 10.30am-5.30pm
Capacity: Max. 8 participants
Fee: £550

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.

Dylan photos

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.

Prep work

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.

Course Schedule

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.

Drawings by Dylan Stone

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.

Drawings by Dylan Stone



Tutor profile: Dylan Stone, Artist

Dylan Stone's workshops at LFS

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Dylan Stone is an artist. His first large-scale piece consisted of more than 26,000 photographs of lower Manhattan and was shown at PS1 MoMA in New York. The New York Public Library purchased his piece for their photography collection and created a website for the photographs which can be seen online in their digital library. His massive wall-sized watercolour of ‘Barbara and David Stone's Bookshelf’, documents his parents' book collection and was bought by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in 2007. It was shown in London at Gimpel Fils and in New York at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery. For the past five years Dylan has been teaching BA and MA Visual Awareness for Directors at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design, Drama Centre, University of the Arts London.

Dylan was brought up in the film business. His parents founded the Gate Cinemas and Cinegate, a major foreign art and film distribution company in the 1970’s and 1980’s. They were both film producers throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, and his mother continues to produce films today, most recently Joanna Hogg's first feature, UNRELATED (London Film Festival 2008 Fipresci Prize). Dylan’s brother and sister are also in film production. His brother, Jordan, recently produced the Italian part of the Sofia Coppola film, SOMEWHERE (Venice Film Festival 2010 Golden Lion). His sister, Alexandra, produced YOUNG ADAM with Tilda Swinton and Ewan MacGregor, and FRANKLYN with Ryan Phillippe and Eva Green.

Dylan most recently storyboarded Julien Temple’s SEXUAL HEALING, which is in production. He also storyboarded Alicia Duffy's first feature, ALL GOOD CHILDREN (London Film Festival 2010). Dylan is currently developing two feature films, one in London starring Maureen Lipman, and the second in Cheshire about the childhood and adolescence of a punk drummer. Dylan has a BA in Fine Arts from the EINA School of Art and Design, Barcelona, and an MA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City.