Learn how to colorize and enhance storyboards with Photoshop, and use the motion graphics tools in After Effects to create engaging animatics.
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- Hi, My name's Rich Harrington, and welcome to this course on Working with Storyboards. We're gonna focus on how to prepare storyboards and create animatics, to really bring the pre-visualization process to life. Now, this course is specifically targeted at video editors, but it'll actually work with many other folks in mind. Whether you edit video for a living and you just want to work out the timings, or you're a producer or director trying to figure out your overall shots and looks, you'll still get things out of this. We are gonna dip into graphics tools like Photoshop and After-Effects, to enhance the storyboards, and then add motion and bring them to life.
But, whether you use some of the skills in this course, or all of the skills in this course, it'll help you out, because it's a good tool for pre-planning. And after all, that's what a storyboard is. The goal here is to capture the composition and the overall thought of how you're gonna bring the script to life. Now, not all productions need storyboards, but I find that a storyboard is particularly useful when working on things like public service announcements or commercials, or perhaps an intense visual effects sequence, or something that's gonna be used for a more cinematic style production.
In this course we're gonna walk you through all the essential steps. I'll give you some strategies to get these storyboards put together in the first place, whether that be actually drawing, or if you have no drawing talent whatsoever, alternate strategies like using photos or frame-grabs from older videos. We'll then take a look at enhancing those initial frame-grabs or storyboards that you've put together, by adding filters and drawing over them, and giving them better line and detail. Then we'll explore things such as animatics, which is essentially an animated storyboard.
By splitting these into layered Photoshop files, it'll be quite simple to add movement, so that you can actually see what's happening within the shot, and work on things like overall timing. Now, there's a lot of different ways to approach this and what I'm gonna share with you is how I work. We're gonna take a look mostly at a real-world commercial that was produced for the American Diabetes Association, and I'll share with you some of the thoughts that went into the pre-visualization process. And then at the end, we'll show you the final piece as well. With this in mind, let's start to explore the process.
- Creating storyboards
- Scanning sketches
- Drawing with tablets
- Coloring and cleaning up storyboards
- Creating animatic shots in After Effects
- Using 3D cameras with storyboards
- Editing an animatic assembly
- Exporting an animatic for client review