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The Storyboard Design Course: The Ultimate Guide for Artists, Directors, Producers and Scriptwriters [Paperback]

Guiseppe Cristiano
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Feb. 18 2008
Storyboards are the blueprint for a multitude of media productions, including TV shows, movies, commercials, music videos, computer games and animation. A critical part of the creative process, they can be used to pitch an idea, communicate a concept, help build a budget and execute an entire shoot. This book is the ultimate storyboard manual, packed with professional, fully finished and work-in-progress examples from students and industry professionals. As well as being an essential guide for aspiring storyboard artists, this comprehensive book will enable anyone working in media production to get the most out of both the storyboard artist and the storyboard process.

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Storyboards are the blueprint for a multitude of media productions, including TV shows, movies, commercials, music videos, computer games, and animation. A critical part of the creative process, they can be used to pitch an idea, communicate a concept, help build a budget, and execute an entire shoot.

This book is the ultimate storyboard manual, packed with fully-finished art and work-in progress examples from students and industry professionals. As well as being an essential guide for aspiring storyboard artists, this comprehensive book will enable anyone working in media production to get the most out of both the storyboard artist and the storyboard process.

  • Learn how to develop sketching skills, adapt styles, get inspiration, and interpret a script or a brief with help from these practical tutorials and interactive exercises
  • Understand the language of storyboards and the limitations and conventions of different mediums
  • Build scenes, plan shot sequences, and understand the importance of composition, framing, and continuity

  • Set up your own work space and get advice on entering the world of professional storyboard artists

    Giuseppe Cristiano is a renowned Italian cartoonist, illustrator, director, and storyboard artist. He has produced storyboards for music videos, commercials, films, animation, and multimedia productions, as well as set designs for theater and film. He has been working freelance for many years for companies in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Scandinavia. Giuseepe has also taught storyboarding for film and television in film schools and art schools in Europe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
  • About the Author

    Giuseppe Cristiano is a renowned Italian cartoonist, illustrator, director and storyboard artist. He has taught storyboarding for film and television, teaching at a number of art schools and film schools in Europe, as well as directing his own online course.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A solid book to understand the storyboard process July 31 2009
    Format:Paperback
    As a non-artist I was skeptical whether the book would be that useful to me. Certainly an artist with strong drawing skills will be able to use the book to springboard their storyboard career. The book goes into detail on the various ways in which an artist can support themselves, the styles they can work in, and the tools they need.
    But there is also a lot to offer for those in the gaming or movie industry who have to work with storyboard artists, as I do. I think after reading the book I have a clearer understanding of how I should approach storyboard contracts, and the types of guidance that should be provided to the artists working with me. As well, it gives me some ideas on how to better communicate my initial ideas of what a project can be to a wider audience.

    A good book, overall, and I definitely recommend it for game designers to check out.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Has lots of industry tips April 25 2009
    By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Length: 0:19 Mins
    There seems to be two different versions of the book, The Storyboard Design Course: The Ultimate Guide for Artists, Directors, Producers and Scriptwriters (white cover paperback) and Storyboard Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques (yellow cover paperback). The ISBN numbers are different but the number of pages are the same. The one I have is the white cover paperback or as it says, the ultimate guide.

    Storyboards are essential tools used in the creation of media production. It is the best way to present a concept before sinking in manpower and money. If you take a look at the animation art books I have on site, you'll notice that storyboards are in almost every single one of them, e.g. All Pixar movies, Superman Returns, Wallace & Gromit etc.

    This book is a guide to help the reader understand the purpose, function and techniques of storyboards. The author Giuseppe Cristiano has tremendous experience in the field and in this book talks about storyboards relating to films, advertising, music videos, games and animation.

    There are eight chapters covering all the essentials of storyboards:

    * Understanding storyboards and where they are used
    * Skills required
    * Going over basic drawing skills
    * Looking at requirements for different types of storyboards
    * Learning the techniques of storyboards such as placing camera angles, compositions, storytelling
    * Working with scripts
    * Things to look out while on the job
    * Going professional

    That pretty much covers everything. Lots of examples with actionable descriptions are provided.

    I think it is important to note that this is not a step-by-step drawing tutorial book.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Has lots of industry tips April 25 2009
    By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    There seems to be two different versions of the book, The Storyboard Design Course: The Ultimate Guide for Artists, Directors, Producers and Scriptwriters (white cover paperback) and Storyboard Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques (yellow cover paperback). The ISBN numbers are different but the number of pages are the same. The one I have is the white cover paperback or as it says, the ultimate guide.

    Storyboards are essential tools used in the creation of media production. It is the best way to present a concept before sinking in manpower and money. If you take a look at the animation art books I have on site, you'll notice that storyboards are in almost every single one of them, e.g. All Pixar movies, Superman Returns, Wallace & Gromit etc.

    This book is a guide to help the reader understand the purpose, function and techniques of storyboards. The author Giuseppe Cristiano has tremendous experience in the field and in this book talks about storyboards relating to films, advertising, music videos, games and animation.

    There are eight chapters covering all the essentials of storyboards:

    * Understanding storyboards and where they are used
    * Skills required
    * Going over basic drawing skills
    * Looking at requirements for different types of storyboards
    * Learning the techniques of storyboards such as placing camera angles, compositions, storytelling
    * Working with scripts
    * Things to look out while on the job
    * Going professional

    That pretty much covers everything. Lots of examples with actionable descriptions are provided.

    I think it is important to note that this is not a step-by-step drawing tutorial book. People who already have basic drawing skills will gain a lot from this book if they want to learn how to storyboard. The focus of the book is on the storytelling aspect and how you can aid that with storyboards.

    Just like the title suggests, this book is recommended for artists, directors, producers and scriptwriters.

    (More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, pleasurable to read, and professionally powerful March 11 2008
    By Filippo Gregoretti - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    If you are a novice artist approaching storyboarding for the first time, or a long-run professional, you will benefit greatly from this book.
    Giuseppe's international experience and intuitions flow from this book to the reader with humor and elegance. I enjoyed very much reading this book, and my skills and knowledge of storyboarding increased. I also added an interesting point of view to my approach to film making.
    I warmly reccomend this book to anybody who works in storyboarding, but also to film-makers and communication professionals.
    thumbs up for Giuseppe
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a First Book! March 2 2010
    By Creative Type - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I would recommend STORYBOARD DESIGN COURSE as a great first storyboarding book to anyone. People with a bit of experience or those looking to read much more on the concept and execution should take a look at FROM WORD TO IMAGE 2nd Edition by Begleiter.
    The pages of this book are full of colors, illustrations and clear lists. It touches a little on different styles, different types of jobs and what is expected, basic skills, basic camera movement and framing, and some ideas on how to manage yourself as a freelance artist. It is all clear but without significant depth. What it DID do for me is give me a confident start that had me drawing almost immediately. The book, like most storyboarding books I'm sure, emphasizes the ability to draw QUICKLY and CLEARLY just as much as accurately. As artists we must find our own effective working methods and no two will be the same. This book gives you several points on which to develop yourself and can be absorbed inside a week of casual, intermittent reading.
    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great June 27 2009
    By Alan Seawright - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book will be helpful primarily for those wishing to start a career as a storyboard artist. For those wanting to learn, clearly and concisely, how to draw good boards... Not so much.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was more May 28 2014
    By D.Crosbie - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I wish there was a bigger section on storyboarding for animation. There is a lot of info in this book though.
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