Animation: Visual Storytelling

This course is an introduction to the methods and tools of story telling. It includes creating visual story images from written or spoken ideas, development of story structure, honing verbal story telling skills, and exploring story sense: what comes first, next, last? We'll learn about story and character progressions; creating and maintaining dramatic tension; making strong compositions that convey meaning, camera position, sequencing shots. Through assignments and lectures beginning with the foundation of story and working through more complex ideas and forms, students will learn to utilize story telling skills in practical application by telling and re-telling, creating images of shots, storyboarding sequences and by making short animatics. Assignments will be critiqued and reiterated in a process similar to the story work done in a film or animation studio.