18th December 2019
ScreenSkills’ Animation Skills Council has identified storyboarding as a key skills shortage in the UK animation industry and has commissioned Lupus Films to run an intensive training course for storyboard artists in 2020.
Lupus Films’ previous visual storyboarding for animation courses, that were supported by ScreenSkills (under its former name Creative Skillset), provided the industry with 25 industry-ready storyboard artists, all of whom have gone on to work at top animation studios in the UK. With the new course, Lupus Films will be upskilling 10 artists so that they will be equipped to work on traditional 2D animated features, high-end TV specials or even produce 2D pre-vis for 3D features.
Director, animator and illustrator Robin Shaw is lined up to lead the course, and is renowned for his technically challenging, fully animated camera moves within 2D hand drawn animation, and his unique camera staging. The full-time, two-week course will take place at Lupus Films' studio in London.
Participants will be using Toon Boom Storyboard Pro software and drawing digitally into Cintiq tablets, as per the industry standards for 2D hand-drawn storyboarding. It is expected that participants will already have a professional knowledge of the software, as the focus of the training will be on improving drawing skills and identifying interesting and unique ways of visual storytelling.
The course aims to provide a much-needed boost to the ambition and execution of 2D work being produced in the UK and to address the current skills gap.
Recruitment for the storyboarding bootcamp has been postponed in line with government guidance. Keep an eye on the ScreenSkills website for any updates.
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