Storyboarding for Live Action & Commercials | CG Master Academy

Storyboarding for Live Action & Commercials

An 8-week course developing skills required for storyboarding and story development for live action productions

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Learn to capture the essence of a story

Storyboarding for live action requires not only the ability to clearly communicate a story visually, but also the means of creating realistic work in a very short amount of time. This course is designed to teach students how to quickly illustrate realistic, live action storyboard frames, by focusing on what’s important to the story and capturing the essence of an idea. Some of the topics we’ll focus on are sequential storytelling and framing, different methods of drawing and composition for realism, simplification of light and form, and an in depth look at how to use reference efficiently, all from the perspective of a live action storyboard artist. Students will create storyboard frames each week based on a given shot list, leading up to the final project—where students will create their own story, their own shot list, and finished storyboards. By the end of the term students will be proficient in illustrating storyboards suitable for TV, film, and advertising, and have a portfolio to show it. The skills learned in this class will also be invaluable in any field art involving storytelling and illustration.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom tablet (or equivalent), OR traditional mediums (pen & paper)
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Students should have a foundation understanding of figure drawing, as well as rendering light and form. Course prereqs: Analytical Figure Drawing, Environment Sketching.

Storyboarding for Live Action & Commercials WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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What are storyboards? | Scripts and shot lists |Responsibilities and expectations | Workflow | Roughs
How to frame a shot | Camera moves | Sequential storytelling
Structural vs Optical | Constructing a figure | Constructing a head | Perspective | Drawing the action
The form principle | Organizing values | Simplified lighting | Toned surface | Designing with light
Abstracting the frame | Getting shapes to read | Order of contrasts | Composing shapes
Collecting reference | Using reference | Using reference directly
Color theory | Color and light | Color simplified | Color and value
Blurs | Atmosphere | Creating Brushes | Material recognition | Polishing a frame

Prepare to meet your master.

Lanny is a freelance storyboard and concept artist working in the advertising and film industry. Developing an interest early on in the work of the golden age illustrators, he set his focus on figurative drawing and painting, and creating art as a means of visual storytelling. After graduating from CSULB with a BFA in illustration, Lanny moved to New York where he is currently represented by Famous Frames. Aside from working as an artist, Lanny continues to study at various art schools, create personal work on his own, and is about to release his first instructional drawing book “Mastering Realism”.


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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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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.

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

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