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Advice for Aspiring Storyboarders from the Pros!

Want to work as a Storyboard Artist / Revisionist but not sure where to start? We often get questions asking what software and courses we would recommend for aspiring Storyboarders. We put the question to our staff and wanted to share their advice on the resources available to help get you on your way!

Cliona Curran (Senior Storyboard Revisionist): This is a useful link for anyone interested in storyboards. It covers the basics and has useful links to other resources: Flooby Nooby.

Leigh Fieldhouse (Senior Storyboard Revisionist): - this is a goldmine of free drawing tutorials, specifically aimed at storyboard artists, from a Dreamworks board artist - his online course is also available here:

I'd also recommend these online courses:

Stephen Duignan (Storyboard Revisionist): Here are some storyboarding resources I keep coming back to, these won't explain what a storyboard is or how to break into the industry, but for someone looking to develop their storyboarding skills, they're worth checking out!

Temple of the Seven Golden Camels by Mark Kennedy

The blog of Disney story artist Mark Kennedy, Temple of the Seven Golden Camels is a goldmine for storyboard reference and advice. Kennedy draws examples from film, comics, illustration, and painting to cover all aspects of boarding, from drawing to storytelling to character.

Particularly worthwhile are posts sharing reference Kennedy has gathered over the years (such as internal handouts given to artists at studios like Disney or Pixar), as well as posts documenting his own process as Head of Story on Disney's Tangled.

100 Tuesday Tips by Griz and Norm

100 Tuesday Tips is a collection of great drawing tips frequently relevant to storyboarding originally shared on Tumblr by Griselda Sastrawinata and Normand Lemay, Disney visual development and story artists respectively. Their Tumblr is chock full of great material and you can find many of the tips on their Instagram or Twitter if you can't get your hands on the book.

Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation by Hans Bacher

Although, primarily about production design for animation, Hans Bacher's lessons on camera rules, composition, and staging make it an invaluable resource for storyboard artists.

The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media by Bruce Block

Based on Bruce Block's seminars on visual structure in film and television, The Visual Story breaks down all the components of visual film-making and storytelling, which happen to be all the components of good storyboarding. It's also a good companion to Dream Worlds, with Block providing the technical underpinnings of Hans Bacher's lessons on composition and staging.

There you have it! Got any questions on Storyboarding for us? Pop them in the comments below!

Anahita Tabarsi

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