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Storyboarding Fundamentals

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The skill of visual storytelling though storyboarding is a hugely valuable, sought-after ability. It has broad application across animation, VFX and live action film, TV and TVC production. In this two-day workshop you will be introduced to the skills required to effectively translate a script – or a treatment – into a clear and comprehensive visual story (storyboard).

The course will cover, in very broad strokes, composition, shot flow, screen direction, camera placement and the importance of film language, sound effects and music during storyboarding. Also included are insights into where the storyboard artists fit into the contemporary industry and where there are opportunities for career development. It will also give an insight into how storyboarding and its application is a valuable addition to the professional development of directors and visual storytelling professionals and how screenwriters can benefit from an understanding of storyboarding as a tool for lean story development and pitching.

Learn how storyboarding can contribute to the success of all forms of visual storytelling

Get the basic skills and learn the terminology to start storyboarding

An introduction to the most commonly used software Storyboard Pro, as well as using paper and pen

Is Storyboarding Fundamentals right for you?

If you are interested in pursuing a career in animation, storyboarding skills are an animation fundamental. This introductory course will provide your first steps to developing as a storyboard artist.

If you are not sure about a career in storyboarding, but would like to develop value added skills and knowledge in the area to apply them in other roles (eg Director, Visual Effects Supervisor, Screenwriter) or disciplines away from traditional animation, you’ll also find this course very useful.

During the two days you’ll meet industry professionals who will share their insights. You will also participate in practical tutorials and demonstrations.

Meet Your Tutors

Craig Handley

Craig Handley worked in animation for over 25 years, starting in the late eighties at Hanna Barbera he progressed all…

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What you will need

While preferable, high standard drawing skills are not completely necessary for successful storyboarding. A positive inclination towards visual storytelling skills is, however, important. Being able to work in a team, work quickly and be a creative problem solver are also key attributes.

If you have a laptop with Storyboard Board Pro installed- good idea to bring it along. A free trial of the software is available here.

Storyboarding Fundamentals Offerings


01 Feb 2020 to 02 Feb 2020
Sat-Sun 9:30am- 5:00pm

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park NSW 2021

For more information call 1300 131 461, or register for future offerings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

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