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Software to use

The first session in this course teaches hand-drawn storyboarding, and how to create animatics using Adobe Flash. In the second session, your instructor uses Adobe Premiere. Since most non-linear editing programs have similar interfaces and conventions, Final Cut or After Effects could also be used with this lesson.

Your Instructors

This series is taught by three instructors, David Carbley, Rachel Anchors, and Christopher Wade from Spark-Flow Studios. This course will give you a peak into the professional techniques they've used throughout the production of their animated web series, Pumpk & Cham and Pai.


Professional Storyboarding and Animatics.


Learn techniques for hand drawn storyboards, Flash animatics, and Adobe Premiere movies. Taught by three professionals.


Session Descriptions



Session 1: Hand-Drawn Boards and Flash Animatics

This session will show you how two storyboard artists, David Carbley and Rachel Anchors, approach their craft: working in Photoshop to draw and using Flash to create an animatic.

Topics covered include....

Session Outline:

  • Working off a script
  • Camera Positioning and Composition
  • Referencing Character Models
  • Tips for Working in Photoshop or Paper
  • Cleaning up hand-drawn boards
  • Showing Movement
  • Adding Line Weight, Depth, and Shadows
  • Balancing between details and deadlines
  • Maintaining continuity between shots
  • Being aware of the tangent
  • Anticipating how the animators might work with the characters
  • Making your shots "readable" and simple for the animators
  • Time saving techniques for similar shots
  • Applying the rule of thirds
  • Setting up an animatic with audio in Flash
  • And tips on what's expected of you as a professional storyboard artist

Session 2: Polished Animatics Using Adobe Premiere

This session, taught by Christopher Wade, shows you the basics in non-linear editing. Animation, Film and Video Production all require editors in some way, shape or form. And if you just so happen to have the Adobe Production Suite, you have a prime opportunity to learn Adobe Premiere (its probably in your Applications folder already).

This tutorial comes with storyboard JPG's, voice log audio clips, additional final animation clips and after the tutorial is completed we propose two assignments using these source files...

Assignment #1

Your task is of course is provide a play-by-play of the listed shots as they appear on the storyboard using the boarded delivery elements. This includes inserting audio and using the Text Processor in Premiere to create a location title. You can also try making on-screen credits while minding the Title Safe!

Assignment #2

Now you can connect the final videos together as stated in the storyboards with the audio delivered from your download and also from other sources for sound effects. You could check FreeSoundProject.com or even Flashkit for some sounds. Background noise, animal noises, you name it. Make the scene your own! Explore how different ambience can change the mood of the scene to something much more frightening.


Preview Video

Watch a 30 minute preview of the Animatics portion of the series right now....


4 hours of training. Fantastically taught.


Only $30. Like all CartoonSmart tutorials, you can download these videos directly to your computer along with source files for the projects. If you ever need to download your purchase again, you'll have access through Payloadz, our file delivery service.






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