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1st Edition

Professional Storyboarding
Rules of Thumb

ISBN 9780240817705
Published December 21, 2012 by Routledge
272 Pages 255 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Storyboarding is a very tough business, and a new storyboarder really needs to have their wits about them and have professional savvy to survive in this competitive field. Storyboarding: Rules of Thumb offers highly illustrative examples of basic storyboarding concepts, as well as sound, career-oriented advice for the new artist. This book also features a number of veteran storyboard artists sharing their experiences in the professional world.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Overview

Chapter 2: Visual Literacy

Chapter 3: Drawing for Storyboards

Chapter 4: Cinema Language

Chapter 5: Story Structure

Chapter 6: Emotion

Chapter 7: Staging

Chapter 8: Storyboard Types

Chapter 9: Storyboarding

Chapter 10: Advanced Storyboard Techniques

Chapter 11: Portfolios and Promotion

Chapter 12: Finding Work

Chapter 13: The Professional Storyboard Artist

Chapter 14: Parting Thoughts



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Sergio Paez first entered the "galaxy far, far away" in 1999, working as an animator for LucasArts’ Star Wars Storybook project. In the years that followed, Sergio accumulated a portfolio that included design work and animation for a wide spectrum of formats, including feature films, commercials, video games, television series and digital media.

Sergio’s talents took him to Madrid, where he served as a storyboard artist and animator for Animagic Studios, contributing to the animated feature The Three Wise Men. Returning stateside, he landed the position of Lead Storyboard Artists for Sega/Sammy, developing story design and CG layout for game cinematics.

In 2005, Sergio returned to feature film and TV storytelling with a position as Animator/Storyboard Artist for Maverix Studios. From there, he moved to Pixar Animation Studios, where he worked as a storyboard artist. At Lucasfilm Sergio provided storyboards and 3D Previs for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. With a strong foundation in traditional animation and illustration he has built his career on content creation and story structure.

In 2008 Sergio launched StoryboardArt LLC, an online story community, with both a content creation and educational focus to further techniques in visual storytelling. By building efficient systems and designing successful training programs for artists Currently Sergio is working in San Francisco developing new media projects.