Storytelling and Storyboarding Mentorship

An 8-week course geared towards storyboarding for film, games, and animation. Students will focus on fine-tuning ideas, characters, and create their own professional storyboard sequence

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Create and fine-tune a sequence from scratch

This class is for students who prefer live, long-format, interactive group lectures and critiques--with plenty of hands-on, personal attention from a mentor. The main goal of this class is to help students create, from scratch, a storyboard sequence of professional quality worthy of inclusion in a portfolio. Along the way, we will cover: the best ways to come up with ideas, how humor works, creating interesting and dynamic characters, creating the best possible situations for those characters, staging, composition, story-boarding to music, and how to troubleshoot problems with the drawings, dialogue, and ideas.

Course Format:   Custom
Lecture Type:   Live and recorded | Group lectures will last between 1-2 hours each week
Feedback:   Live and recorded | Group critiques will last between 3-6 hours per week, depending on the size of the class and volume of work to critique (all lectures and critiques will be recorded for later viewing)
Duration:   8 Weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Recommended time per week spent on homework: 4-8 hours, depending on your skill level and the difficulty of the assignment
Q&A:   Twice a week (included in group lectures and group critiques)
Materials:   Any drawing tools that will make fast, clear, professional-looking drawings (pencil, marker, etc.; Wacom (or similar tablet), Photoshop, Storyboard Pro, TV Paint, Sketchbook Pro, or similar.
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Students must have a basic understanding of anatomy, caricature, gesture drawing, perspective, and composition.| *Note: Please see the syllabus for the full description

Storytelling and Storyboarding Mentorship WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Beat boards about your life
One panel (or multi panel) gag drawings
Thumbnails of your Story
Do a Musical Sequence
Work on one (or more) of these scenes
Clean up at least one of your sequences (address notes) | Show portfolio

Real heroes don't wear capes; they teach

Mark Walton is an American story artist who has worked on 24 animated feature projects since 1997, including Tarzan, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Turbo, Rio 2, and the upcoming Duck Duck Goose. He has also provided the voices for Barry & Bob the Longhorns in Home on the Range, Goosey Loosey in Chicken Little (and its video game), and for Rhino the Hamster in Bolt - for which he was nominated for an Annie Award - as well as the short film spin-off Super Rhino and related video games. Some of the studios he's worked for include Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Duncan Studio, and Original Force. He has also taught storyboarding at CalArts, Academy of Art San Francisco, Westwood College, and UVU.


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Feb 11, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019




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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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