ANI 220 Storyboarding and Narrative Development
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.
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
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):
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:
-The name of the assignment
-The class number and name you are submitting the assignment forThe term (ex. Fall 2012)
Students will be expected to participate in weekly group critiques of assignments.
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.
Review Syllabus, Textbook, & Structure of Class
Online Handouts & Reference, Assignment Submission Process
Start to keep Sketchbook
Buy Nancy Beiman Textbook
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
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
Individual Meetings. Review Rough Cut of Final Project
Assign: Complete Final Project Animatic - submit final - November 15, 11:45am
This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.
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content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The
evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely
separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation.
Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
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have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.
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Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that
you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002