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Screenplay to Storyboard: Visually Planning your Film

August 25, 2020 - August 27, 2020

$20 – $40

Storyboarding is a series of visual illustrations and is a graphic organizer that details how a film will be shown in chronological order. In this course, you will learn how to break your shots and scenes from your written script into visual thumbnails or storyboards, in preparation for your next animation or short film. It is an important step in pre-visualizing narrative concepts for film, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequences and planning budgets for your production. It also serves as a reference to sell and pitch to producers and potential funders.

This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • A visual theme that expresses the look and feel of your overall production
  • Creating an opening sequence to establish your written story and visual narrative
  • Breakdown written scene into a shot list
  • Determining the composition of a shot
  • Staging and positioning your characters with a scene
  • Establishing a visual narrative and flow
  • Planning of camera angles and positions
  • Plan visual transitions, dissolves and cuts
  • Plan light, shadow, and colour palettes
  • Plan for visual emphasis, action and continuity

About the Instructor

Murray Toews’ creative work spans the disciplines and media of drawing, print, film, audio-art, interactivity, and digital/analog hand-drawn animation. He received a BFA first-class honours degree with a thesis in advanced drawing from the U of M.

In 2012, his hand-drawn animation Thought Camera, Reel One: “Circus of Objects” was the official selection for the NSI Online Short Film Festival and the 2013 Gimli Film Festival Manitoba program. In 2018 he won a Tangent Animation Award for Best Short Animation / Experimental for his film “10 Years Before Happiness”- a subjective and allegorical autobiography.


August 25, 2020
August 27, 2020
$20 – $40
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