ANI 220 Storyboarding and Narrative Development

Office: CDM 511
Winter 2012-2013
Class number: 25959
Section number: 501
MW 10:10AM - 11:40AM
CDM 00202 Loop Campus

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This class will focus on storyboarding and developing ideas as key pre-production tools for narrative animation, film, and gaming projects. The lectures, class work, and assignments will help students to expand their own cinematic drawing techniques, and help them to develop clear and dynamic stories for the screen. A variety of live-action and animated films and professional storyboards will be analyzed in class. Students will develop their personal style of boarding through a series of exercises and assignments. They will complete a short final animatic - a comprehensive pre-production blueprint for a project of their own choice.


Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts Beiman, Nancy. Publisher: Focal Press/ Elsevier Science, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0240808208


Assignments 60% of grade Participation 10% of grade Quiz- storyboarding principles 10% of grade Final Project: Animatic 20% of grade


ANI 101, ANI 201 or DC 110


1) Complete understanding of storyboarding techniques, standard terminology, and how these apply to animation and live-action projects 2) Solid foundation for developing narrative works 3) Discover your own style of boarding based on your response to the techniques, visual research, and conceptual work 4) Complete an animatic


Assignments Must be completed and submitted through COLweb one hour BEFORE class starts. Late assignments will be accepted with teacher discretion only. For most of the boarding projects, you will submit scanned files as multi-page Word docs, pdfs or jpegs. For all time-based projects I request that you use QuickTime format unless discussed with me previously. Class time is for working with the material at hand, not finishing late assignments. Written assignments must be typed All assignments handed in digitally must be in the following format (please note upper and lower case usage): lastnameFirstname_projectname.extension Example: Materials and Supplies Almost all in-class work will be done on provided paneled paper: 8.5 x 11 sheets. Boarding Templates and reading assignments will be made available through COLWeb. You will need access to a printer and scanner to complete most assignments. The final animatic project will be submitted as a QuickTime file online, on disc, or on drive. For work in progress, a USB drive or small hard drive is highly recommended. All CDROMs and DVDs must be labeled clearly with the following information: -Your name -The name of the assignment -The class number and name you are submitting the assignment forThe term (ex. Fall 2012) Critiques: Students will be expected to participate in weekly group critiques of assignments. Quick Clips: Students will sign up for a 5-minute time slot during the quarter to bring in a QuickClip of their choosing. This brief presentation should be relevant to cinematic storytelling or narrative development. The purpose is to show the class many different sources of inventiveness, so select the 2-3 minute clip that most inspires you. Reference Material & Additional Resource Material: Class Notes and other reference material will be posted through COL throughout the quarter.

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Lecture: Storyboard Basic Terms, Film Grammar Lecture: Staging, Composition In Class: Samples of Professional Storyboards, Film Clips, Analysis Exercise: Bring Sketchbook, Do Figure Sketches Exercise: Rough Staging Techniques Assign: Walk Board Read: Nancy Beiman Chapter 11 Lecture: Visual Clarity, Tone Studies & Contrast Lecture: Camera Moves, Transitions In Class: Critique Walk Board Exercise: Tone Studies, Framing Devices Assign: Tone Studies Board Read: Nancy Beiman Chapter 14 Lecture: Character Acting & Posing Lecture: Dialogue In Class: Critique Tone Studies Board Assign: Dialogue Board Review for Quiz ? Principles of Storyboarding Read: Nancy Beiman Chapter 1 & 2 Lecture: Working with Music, Structure In Class Quiz: Principles of Storyboarding Critique: Dialogue Board Assign: Rough Beat Boards for Music Project Lecture: Story Development, 3-Act Structure In Class: Critique Music Project Beat Boards Assign: Music Project - Animatic Lecture: The Pitch Critique: Music Project, Animatic Rendered in QuickTime Assign: Develop 3 Ideas for Final Project, Practice Pitch Read: Nancy Beiman Chapter 4 Lecture: Character Development In Class: Pitch 3 Rough Story Ideas Assign: Final Project Beat Boards, Main Character Development Lecture: Revising Final Project Storyboards In Class: Critique Final Project Beat Boards, Character Development Assign: Revisions & Audio on Final Project Boards No Class Individual Meetings. Review Rough Cut of Final Project Assign: Complete Final Project Animatic - submit final - November 15, 11:45am

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