Learn effective and intentional character placement in a two person conversation scene.
- [Instructor] Let's start by keeping it…as simple as possible.…How about we take a look at character placement…within a conversation between only two characters?…Seems simple enough, right?…Show one character, show the other,…show that other character again,…and so on and so forth.…But we definitely don't want things…to get monotonous or boring,…and more so than that, eventually,…we're going to have to show both characters…in the same panel like we have here…on the top and on the bottom.…But you'll notice something about these panels.…One character, the man,…is on the same side of the frame in both of them.…
Let's take a closer look at that.…Here he is again on the right,…and again, on the right.…You can see in both of these panels,…which is part of the same conversation,…he's always on the right,…even though the camera has now flipped,…and we're no longer focusing…on the back of the female.…We're focusing on the front of the man.…It's very easy to read,…and we know what's what…and where they are in relation to each other…
Before you can start drawing your comic, you need to know the basics of shot composition and camera angles, and why they're crucial to successfully telling your story on the page. Ben talks about the rule of thirds, wide shots, full shots, medium shots, close-ups, and more. He also demonstrates the importance of following the action in the same direction throughout any given scene. Storyboarding may not always be associated with comics, but the same rules apply. Knowing and understanding these concepts can strengthen your work.
- Storyboarding for film vs. comics
- Understanding aspect ratio
- What is the rule of thirds?
- The types of camera shots within illustrated comic panels
- Zooming and panning in a still image
- The movements of the camera in comics within a scene
- Character placement
- Moving characters through a scene