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Storyboarding Techniques

with Fred Gago


This lesson introduces students to the fundamentals of storyboarding using Adobe Photoshop. After a brief introduction to the core principals of storyboarding, Storyboard and Concept Artist Fred Gago guides students through the process of illustrating a series of boards to tell a short narrative. The lessons include basic shot descriptions and abbreviations, simple camera moves, choosing the proper aspect ratio, as well as how to navigate Photoshop to create custom templates and manipulate default brushes. Once the stage is set, we'll explore how to compile found reference and story ideas into a cohesive document called the reference deck using Adobe Bridge and Adobe Acrobat. Along the way Fred discusses how to place characters on the screen, being dynamic and using good composition to great looking frames. Once the narrative is complete we take a quick look at Adobe Photoshop's robust exporting features and export all of our hard work as a professional looking pdf document.

Duration: 9h 13m

Format: HD 1920x1200

Fred Gago

Storyboard Artist at Frame Machine

Fred Gago is Storyboard Artist at Frame Machine who has spent more than a decade providing everything from Storyboards to Character/Creature design, as well as UI and Graphic Design for a multitude of clients that include Disney, 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, and Adult Swim Games. 

He has contributed to a variety of television projects such as Horizon Forbidden West, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Castle Rock, Warrior, American Horror Story: Freak Show and Banshee.