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Storyboard, le récit esquissé

Storyboard, the sketched narrative

Course details

On the borders of comics, this course will consist of thinking about storyboarding as an autonomous work, composed of drawings "that have no truth in themselves "*. Over the course of twelve sessions, we will travel through various environments, using fictitious cameras to "collect" clues to build our story; we will also discover numerous books and zines revolving around the gestures of storyboarding.

On the one hand, we will think about drawing as a transitory object, questioning the lightness of a rough writing, of the first draft, of the speed of execution and of the vivacity of the line. For it is not necessarily virtuosity that makes a storyboard interesting: the drawings can be graphically sketchy, "possibly accommodating a clumsy and unfinished graphic design, since the sketch is in essence, doomed to be taken up again and surpassed "** Inclined to experimentation, we will integrate scattered notes, multi-directional arrows, indicative pictograms, printed images, etc.

On the other hand, we will explore the temporality fabricated by our embryonic drawings, telling stories "full of endless beginnings, initiations, losses "*** whose reading will allow the reader all freedom of imagination. Interrogating the sequence and the montage as a page setting, we will finalize each storyboard by a dozen pages compiled in a collective edition printed at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and of which each participant will, in the long run, acquire a copy.

* Thierry Groensteen, "Interview with Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, or the image at the post of command", CinémAction hors série Cinéma et bande dessinée, 1990.
** Thierry Groensteen, " Les deux esquisses ", Storyboard - le cinéma dessiné, Éditions Yellow Now, 1992.
*** Ursula Le Guin, " La théorie de la fiction-panier ", 1986.


Photos: Adrien Thibault


Gaspard Laurentle samedi de 10h à 12h

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practical information

Next dates :

6 December to 12 March 2022

Level :

All levels

Prerequisite :

+ 16 years

Duration :

12 weeks

Prices* :

Prix : plein tarif 400€ / tarif réduit : 240€

Site :

Salle de séminaire, 14 rue Bonaparte, Paris 6e

* Reduced rates for students under 26 years, job seekers and scholarship holders, upon presentation of a receipt.