Drawing & Composition for Visual Storytelling

Ever get stuck starring at the blank page or screen?
Don’t panic! There are plenty of places to get ideas from. Movies and comics are the best places to get visual inspirations from – especially animated films since they have some of the most control over camera angle and scene composition. Look at movie special features, especially ones that offer storyboard/animatic clips. Experiment and explore. If you find something you like, don’t be afraid at all to borrow it for your own work. Always study good compositions. Once you you have an understanding of cinematography and cutting, the rest is just practice and experimentation.

If you ever have any questions about storyboarding, don’t hesitate to ask me and e-mail me any time, I also have plenty of ‘storyboard tests’ which are just short and simple scripts that you can use for practice.

This website will always be here to serve you as a guide.

-Ron

Resources

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your spirit. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Jim Jarmusch

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