This class was tough.
Whether you want to master your animation foundations early or just learn how to draw faster, this course is for you. As a sequential art major, I took this course in hopes of learning basic storytelling not knowing what I was in for. It is an amazing course full of challenges that will push you out of your comfort zone. The projects are tough, but you increase your multi-tasking skills as well as your art skills ten fold.
When you first begin the course you will be assigned 4 different portfolios to due over the 10 weeks. Each portfolio requires you to pour out plenty of thumbnailing, work on drafts, and using storyboarding sheets to develop or pitch ideas. Portfolio one is an illustrative approach to storyboarding that teaches you about planning out different compositions and finalizing the product. You will end up have two final illustrative boards done in any media you want. Portfolio 2 is using what you learned in the previous assignment and build up it to make a storyboard pitch presentation. Portfolio 3 is when you really storyboard a scene based on a prompt the professor gives you. The prompt changes for every quarter so I can't say for sure what his future classes will have, but our class had 3 characters fighting over an object type of prompt. Once you have done all of these different ideas, then you move on to the final portfolio. This is a free-for-all portfolio, therefore the professor lets you do any type of storyboard final that you want. As long as you challenge yourself using the skills you learned from the past portfolios, your final product can be what ever you'd like it to be.
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Advice for students:
While this course is a lot of fun, it is not for everyone. It's a necessity if you want to animate or work with sequential arts. This may be good for some Advertisement or Illustration majors if you want to teach yourself how to sequence your image, but if you are not good with fast- paced workloads that pushes harsh deadlines, this course may not be for you