FINE 3815: Storyboarding for Cinema & Games




A lecture/lab course covering the foundations of the cinematic storyboarding process/techniques used for previsualization in the film, entertainment and game industries. Students will develop skills/ knowledge for creating storyboards, study and understand film theory, language and grammar, and filmic composition.

Storyboarding is, in many respects, the most important stage of film/television production, games and theater. It is where the script is transformed from words on a computer screen into a sequential, visual story. It is where concepts of cinematography, stage-setting, blocking and acting are first realized. This Maymester class will explore the basic concepts of storyboarding and allow participants to create and review storyboards of their own. Concepts addressed will include: tools, methods and techniques, visual storytelling and narrative structure, shot composition, “acting,” and character development, among others. Following this course, participants will have the basic skills necessary to produce their own workable storyboards and/or animatics and will have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of sequential visual narrative. This course is at the DAC Tier 1 tuition rate.


  • Intermediate knowledge of storyboarding previsualization techniques, processes, methods and theories
  • Basic knowledge filmic language and grammar
  • Basic knowledge of filmic composition and design
  • Foundations of continuity editing for film, video and gaming through storyboarding
  • The student will increase in the awareness, understanding, and problem solving capacity needed to effectively visualize scripts and treatments for film, entertainment, games, design and motion graphics
  • Intermediate knowledge of staging and blocking of cameras and actors and camera movement


  • Students should gain the skills necessary to criticize the storyboarding/previsualization process for film, theater and games
  • Create professional level storyboards
  • Plan action in films, videos and games and map out the significant transitions and relations between shots, sequences and scenes
  • Apply the language a grammar of film to the storyboard process
  • Gain a sound understanding of filmic composition and design


  • Understand and involve a wide variety of resources in storyboarding/previsualization
  • Develop skills as problem-solvers as they progress toward becoming independent, self-directed learners
  • Effective project planning and organization as tools in maximizing the time for project realization
  • Collaborate with other professionals to improve the overall learning of student