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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 "1. Over the course of the twelve sessions, we will travel through various environments, using fictitious cameras to 'collect' clues to construct our narrative; we will also discover numerous books and fanzines revolving around the gestures of storyboarding.

On the one hand, we will reflect on drawing as a transitory object, questioning the lightness of rough writing, the first draft, the speed of execution and the liveliness 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 style, since the sketch is, in essence, destined to be taken up and surpassed "2. We will integrate scattered notes, multidirectional 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 "3 which the reader will be able to read with complete freedom of imagination. We will finalise each storyboard by compiling about ten pages in a collective edition printed at the school itself, of which each participant will eventually acquire a copy.

This course, open to all, is an introduction to the basics necessary to participate in the "storyboard: the self-published story" level. This second level allows participants to continue the storyboard projects started during the first session, this time with an editorial approach.


* 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 Laurent le samedi de 10h à 12h30

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practical information

Next dates :

12 September to 3 December 2022

Level :

All levels

Prerequisite :

+ 16 years

Duration :

12 classes of 2 hours

Prices* :

Prix : plein tarif 510€ / tarif réduit : 330€

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.