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Storyboarding Your Film

with Chris Prynoski and Christy Karacas

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  •   01 Introduction

  •   04 Storyboarding Basics


Class duration: 3h 42m

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About The Class

use storyboards to guide your production.

An inability to draw doesn't make storyboarding obsolete – no matter how simplistic and basic your stick figures are, you can still use storyboards as a guiding blueprint for your production. In Storyboarding Your Film with Chris Prynoski, Christy Karacas, Chris Prynoski will show you how to develop simple, effective storyboards which allow you to tackle all kinds of filmmaking challenges.

Chris has used storyboards to develop his best-known works including, Metalocalypse, Freaknik: The Musical, and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. In this class, he’ll teach you how to use the basic tool of storyboarding to deconstruct a scene or sequence and how to implement the storyboard as a useful aid for both camera and crew. 

You’ll learn:

  • Which projects to storyboard
  • Alternative uses and mediums for storyboarding
  • Optimal tools and instruments for storyboard creation
  • How storyboards serve filmmakers

Chris and special guest instructor, Christy Karacas (director of Adult Swim's Superjail!) will share both original and pre-existing storyboard examples to help ensure your own boards advance your project and act as a useful guide for other key collaborators. You’ll learn simple approaches that will make the creation of storyboards less intimidating and more inspiring.

If you are ready to incorporate more advanced techniques into your filmmaking, Storyboarding Your Film with Chris Prynoski, Christy Karacas will guarantee your next project is more polished, prepared, and cinematic.

Topics Covered

Lesson Plan

  1. 01


  2. 02

    The Purpose of Storyboarding: Live Action vs. Animation

  3. 03

    Tools to Getting Started and References

  4. 04

    Storyboarding Basics

  5. 05

    Conceptualizing the Script

  6. 06


  7. 07

    Starting with the Script

  8. 08


  9. 09

    Programs and Apps

  10. 10

    Commercial, Corporate, Pitch Presentations


Meet Your Experts

Chris Prynoski

Chris Prynoski is an animator, director, and producer who began on shows such as MTVs Beavis and Butthead and Daria in the early 90s. In 2000, his show MTV Downtown earned him an Emmy nomination. In 2004, Prynoski founded the ... read more

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Christy Karacas

Christy Karacas studied film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been shown in festivals and screenings around the world including the Annecy International Film Festival, Ottawa International Film Festival, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Deitch Projects, Galleri Loyal, Tribecca Film Festival, MTV's 'Cartoon Sushi', Cartoon Network, Vice and Playboy Magazine. He created and directs 'Superjail!' on Adult Swim.  ... read more

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75% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-1f91d5

    August 2018

    I really enjoyed this course! The instructors were professionals who detailed their work in a way that really helped me. I've been storyboarding for a few years but have great new insight thanks to Chris and Christy. Loved their creative style which felt that I was in the studio with them just hanging out.

  • Brian Roma

    August 2015

    Very helpful class. The beginning was great to see how these artists approach analyzing a script and then putting shots together. Unfortunately, the class was pretty one sided as only one student asked questions when opportunities to ask these professionals was given. I am glad I spent the money on this class and plan to rewatch it after practicing.

  • Creativelive Student

    June 2016

    Sorry folks, the actual content was OK what there was of it. The delivery was bordering on the moronic - 75% of the dialogue was "like, you know, like you know, err err etc." try a word count this could have been delivered in 20 mins in half decent english. it was extremely difficult to maintain concentration through the complete .... to get to the meat. The guys must be good at what they do - just don't ask them to teach anyone else.

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