Professional Storyboarding Tutorial with Adobe Flash or Premiere

01 Feb

Learn Techniques for Hand Drawn Boards, Flash Animatics, or Adobe Premiere Movies – 4 Hours of Tutorials!

Session 1: Hand-Drawn Boards and Flash Animatics

This session will show you how two storyboard artists approach their craft: working in Photoshop to draw and using Flash to create an animatic.

Topics covered include….

  • – Working off a script
  • – Camera Positioning and Composition
  • – Referencing Character Models
  • – Tips for Working in Photoshop or Paper
  • – Cleaning up hand-drawn boards
  • – Showing Movement
  • – Adding Line Weight, Depth, and Shadows
  • – Balancing between details and deadlines
  • – Maintaining continuity between shots
  • – Being aware of the tangent
  • – Anticipating how the animators might work with the characters
  • – Making your shots “readable” and simple for the animators
  • – Time saving techniques for similar shots
  • – Applying the rule of thirds
  • – Setting up an animatic with audio in Flash
  • – And tips on what’s expected of you as a professional storyboard artist

This session is taught by two instructors, David Carbley and Rachel Anchors, who are both professional storyboard artists at Spark-Flow Studios. This is the first in a series of tutorials from Spark-Flow Studios where the artists and animators take you through the production of it’supcoming animated web series Pumpk & Cham and Pai, the epic adventures of two clumsy scarecrows (Pumpk and Cham) and a teenage witch (Pai) who begin their travels to become the scariest monsters in the world!

Session 2: Polished Animatics Using Adobe Premiere

This session, headed by Christopher Wade of Spark-Flow Studios, shows you the basics in non-linear editing. Animation, Film and Video Production all require editors in some way, shape or form. And if you just so happen to have the Adobe Production Suite, you have a prime opportunity to learn Adobe Premiere (its probably in your Applications folder already). And since most editing programs today have similar interfaces and conventions, learning Adobe Premiere can prepare you to work in other non-linear editing software, such as Final Cut or After Effects.

This tutorial comes with storyboard Jpg’s, voice log audio clips, additional final animation clips and after the tutorial is completed we propose two assignments using these source files…

Assignment #1

Your task is of course is provide a play-by-play of the listed shots as they appear on the storyboard using the boarded delivery elements. This includes inserting audio and using the Text Processor in Premiere to create a location title. You can also try making on-screen credits while minding the Title Safe!

Assignment #2

Now you can connect the final videos together as stated in the storyboards with the audio delivered from your download and also from other sources for sound effects. You could check or even Flashkit for some sounds. Background noise, animal noises, you name it. Make the scene your own! Explore how different ambience can change the mood of the scene to something much more frightening.

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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Adobe Premiere, Animation, Flash Tutorials


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2 responses to “Professional Storyboarding Tutorial with Adobe Flash or Premiere

  1. zeb choudhry

    July 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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    • Justin

      July 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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