Hyper Island Presents: The Art of Storyboarding by David Russell

A 2-day workshop with concept and storyboard artist David Russell. Designed to give students and established filmmakers practical tools, an insider look at how a script can be enhanced through creative storyboarding, and how it’s used by prominent directors to realise exactly the film they envision.

David Russell has designed concepts and storyboards for over 80 films including Star Wars – Return of the Jedi, Batman, The Wolverine, Moulin Rouge, The Thin Red Line and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

David Russell Bio: www.imdb.com/name/nm0751096/

Free with Accreditation / Tickets available

Detailed Description

Storyboarding is a critical phase of film pre-production. The director and storyboard artist collaborate to produce a series of almost comicbook-like panels, which serve to visualise for the director how his or her film will be shot. Storyboarding is equally valuable to large, moderate, and low-budget productions. It aids the director during the entire film-making process, from pre-production to editing, to communicate efficiently with the cast and crew, ensuring that everyone in the production understands exactly what he or she is trying to achieve. Storyboards also help improve shooting efficiency, and keep the show on budget.

David Russell will analyse sequences which he has boarded for prominent films, and how they were eventually shot and edited. He will also discuss visual planning methods of cinematic masters. The topics are illustrated with film clips, graphics, and storyboard sequences and concept illustrations from a selection of notable films. Each session closes with a question and answer period.

Detailed Schedule

The workshop is divided into morning and afternoon session and designed in a way that allows for you to attend to one or many of these sessions.

MONDAY 25 Sept 09.30-12.00
Overview of the use of storyboards in filmmaking
o Historical overview
o How each department utilises storyboards and concept illustrations – director, producer, production designer, art director, cinematographer, set designer, costume designer, visual effects, editor, and marketing team
o Description of the storyboard artist’s job; the difference between animation and film storyboards; categories of illustrators: production, conceptual, storyboard
o Tools & training requirements to become a storyboard artist o Storyboards and concept illustrations as sales devices for proposed film projects
o Storyboard artist as a team player – how the artist interacts both creatively and socially with a film crew; common potential problems described; discussion of the psychological motivations of directors and producers.
o Understanding the camera
o Page layout
o Use of directional arrows
o Shot descriptions

MONDAY 25 Sept 13:00-16.00
Directing before film shooting
o The role of Pre-visualisation
o Storyboarding for visual effects
o Storyboard artist as writer/director
o Understanding narrative: script analysis and assessment
o Script breakdown for storyboarding
o Increasing the power of the script via visual development
o Storyboard assignment for Tuesday analysis.

TUESDAY 26 Sept 09.30-12.00
Script breakdown for storyboarding
o Composition techniques – how the masters of filmmaking achieve memorable shots
o Concept and production illustration – function and production applications

TUESDAY 26 Sept 13:00-16.00
Workshop – Storyboard assignments
o Analysing the storyboard assignments delivered by attendees