capture the action with the dark knight’s Jim Cornish
When faced with a stack of script pages and a blank computer screen or sheet of paper, there’s always that intimidating moment when you wonder how on earth you’re going to get started. It’s the beginning of a journey, and each one is different from the last!
Whether it’s a Bond movie with multiple locations and stunt-driven action sequences or a musical such as
June 2015 Phantom of the Opera – a studio-based operatic drama where the visual impact is paramount and dialogue is limited – the storyboard artist’s talent and skill are put to the test.
In reality, getting started is the easiest part. It’s when you have the freedom to put your ideas down, free from the inevitable constraints that influence the sequence as time goes on. A storyboard artist is part director, designer, writer and cameraman, required to be imaginative and creative and to think outside the box. You’re directing on paper, but ultimately you’re still just a pencil monkey.
From initial script breakdown to thumbnails, rough drafts through to the finished distributed pages, in this workshop I’ll aim to talk you through some of the steps, processes and considerations that present themselves when storyboarding for film.
Jim has been
for the film
over 20 years, on such
blockbuster titles as
Harry Potter, Christopher
Nolan’s Dark Knight films
and Skyfall. He now lives
and works in the south-
east of England.