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Studio Storyboarding Basics

(Note: co-hosted with Alejandra Perez + Renata Garcia)

Every great animated film, tv show, VR experience, commercial, or short starts with a story. Or in this case, a storyboard! In this hands-on, workshop-style circle, mentees will learn the essentials of how to plan, execute, and pitch strong boards that tell great stories.

Mentorship will cover:

  • How to make maximum impact with simple sketches and thumbnails
  • Understanding perspective and working with grids
  • How to use dynamic shapes to make simplified characters pop on the page
  • Building story momentum and clear story beats
  • Pitching
  • Portfolio examples and creation
  • Group critique and discussion
  • Guest Speakers who work as story artists
  • Discussion and study of film examples

Mentee Criteria

Exp Level:
0-3 Years

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice per month

Dates:  Every other Saturday starting May 1 through Aug 21

Meeting Times: 6pm (PST)

Circle Leader

Alejandra Pérez and Renata García

I was born in 1981 in Mexico City. Decided to work in the Animation Industry from a very young age, thanks to my love for cartoons. However, in Mexico that was not really an option since there was no such thing back then, or almost none existent.
Many, many, many years later with the financial help from my parents, I was able to attend Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. I graduated from the Computer Animation Major in 2014.

I was not able to get a job in the U.S. which was very disappointing at the time.
However, I went back to Mexico and got a job at the biggest Animation Studio in Latin America, Anima Estudios.

The first months I worked as: Character Designer, then as a Storyboard Artist and finally as an Animation Supervisor for the film: “”Here Comes the Grump””.
A very fun project that made me realize the many cool people and projects brewing in my own country.

But my favorite thing to work on was storyboarding, so I focused on that, and I have been doing so professionally for the last 5 to 6 years.
Mainly for projects from Anima Estudios and Huevocartoon.

And lastly, I became one of the founding members of MUMA, a WIA Chapter in Mexico, focused on empowering and promoting women in the animated industry.
I really want to show the potential of the people I have met along my artistic journey. The idea of showcasing their work is what sparked MUMA in the first place. But that is another story. ,

About Renata García
I’m a Storyboard artist and character designer with 8 years of experience in the industry . I’m currently working at Ánima Estudios, where I’ve been part of the production of many movies and a Netflix original series.

At the same time I also do freelance work for several different national and international clients and I’m a teacher for the UTECA University where I teach Digital Illustration.

Pérez:  Storyboard Artist
García:  Storyboard Artist

Pérez:  Huevocartoon
García:  Ánima Estudios

Pérez:  Mexico City, MX
García: Mexico City, MX

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