Directing the Story

Directing the Story : Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation

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Francis Glebas, a top Disney storyboard artist, teaches artists a structural approach to clearly and dramatically presenting visual stories. They will learn classic visual storytelling techniques such as conveying meaning with images and directing the viewer's eye. Glebas also teaches how to spot potential problems before they cost time and money, and he offers creative solutions on how to solve them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 213.36 x 274.32 x 20.32mm | 1,179.33g
  • Focal Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Approx. 1870 illustrations (1850 in full color)
  • 0240810767
  • 9780240810768
  • 52,228

Table of contents

The Goal
Audiences watch movies and animations to be entertained through an emotionally satisfying and meaningful experience. This book shows how to entertain, by structuring the elements of film thematically. You can work with images, words and sounds.

Beginners work is often boring and confusing- unemotional.
What do directors direct? Attention -clearly and dramatically to tell an emotional story.

History and uses of storyboarding
How to tell a story using images.
How to storyboard a scene
How to draw for storyboarding


How direct attention
How to direct the eye
How to use images
How to convey and suggest meaning
Aiming for the heart. Emotional response

Chart and recapitulation of all of the concepts


SCHEHERAZADE and her story will be woven through out, demonstrating 'HOW TO' for each of the concepts being discussed.
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Review quote

Francis Glebas has put together a really comprehensive and thought-provoking look at the art and craft of film making, specifically directing. His approach, which is to ask a lot of seemingly innocent questions, has much the same effect as the good storytelling he is trying to teach draws us in and makes us think. I can't imagine anyone, in or out of our business, who won't find any number of helpful ideas as they work their way through the filmmaking jungles!!
- Roy Disney, Director Emeritus and consultant for The Walt Disney Company

Francis Glebas was one of our most talented storyboard artists at Disney, and it was our great fortune to have him on the story team. He has a wealth of experience to share.
- Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, Dreamworks Animation
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About Francis Glebas

Francis Glebas worked as a story artist for Disney Feature Animation on Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dinosaur, Treasure Planet and Hercules. He also directed Pomp and Circumstance starring Donald Duck in Fantasia 2000 and Piglet's BIG Movie. Francis is also an award-winning independent live action movie maker with almost 40 years' experience.

He currently teaches storyboarding at Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Francis also works as a creative consultant, having worked with the Irish Government, Korean Government, General Motors, Los Alamos Labs, Walt Disney Imagineering and other film studios.
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392 ratings
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4 28% (110)
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