Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before taking this course, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Working with Storyboards.
- In this course we're gonna rely fairly heavily on Adobe Photoshop. Even if you've never used Photoshop before you'll still get the basics down. We're just gonna scratch the surface, but utilize some specific tools like brushes, essential color and contrast adjustments, as well as painting things in. If you're basically comfortable with Photoshop this will work quite well. If you've never used the app before you might find it useful to take the essential training course here on lynda.com. Once we have those files put together we'll add some motion.
For this I'm gonna use Adobe After Effects, but you could recreate the same types of animation using a tool like a video non-linear editing system. As long as it could import a layered Photoshop file you could accomplish some of the similar results. Once it's all done we'll put the shots together by editing them. I'm gonna use Adobe Premier Pro, but you'll have all the source files so it doesn't matter if you're using Avid, or Final Cut X, or Sony Vegas, or really any NLE, even something like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. You'll have the raw files, so you can try editing the pieces together yourself.
Remember, animatics are often put together by graphic artists or people within and ad agency. You don't have to have high-end software to create and animatic that's effective to bring the vision to life. Now, if you come more from the production side it'll be up to you to decide how hands-on you want to get with the actual files. Even if you are more of a director of photography or producer, and have no interest in actually touching post-production tools, it's okay. Watch the videos so you can either learn to do it yourself, or effectively communicate to others on your team what you're looking for.
After all, by understanding the animatic and the storyboarding process, whether that be from the post-production mindset or the production mindset, you can still benefit. Now that you understand the tools that are out there, let's talk just a little bit about the exercise files.
- 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