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Previz 02 - Sequences and Nuances





Dive into the world of filmmaking with Previz - Sequences and Nuances, where we dissect the intricacies of shot composition and sequence structure. This workshop offers a hands-on experience for shot artists, inviting participants of all levels to explore, discuss, and implement these concepts. While building upon the foundation laid in our previous ‘Previz for 3D Animators’ workshop, we welcome all storytelling enthusiasts to join us in crafting compelling narratives. 


Running June 3rd to July 8th 2024, every Monday.
6 Live sessions in total

From 6:00pm - 8:00pm

(Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7).


One Single payment : $385

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Welcome to Previz - Sequences and Nuances! In this course, we'll explore the intricate world of filmmaking, focusing on sequence structure and shot composition. Whether you're an experienced professional or a passionate storytelling enthusiast, this program offers a hands-on experience to delve into fundamental concepts. Building upon the groundwork laid in our previous ‘Previz for 3D Animators’ workshop, we'll begin with introductions and a refresher on Previz basics. From shot types to lenses, transitions, and the essential components of a frame, we'll cover it all. Throughout the course, we'll dissect the 180 rule and its pivotal role in shaping shots and sequences. Engaging in activities and discussions, we'll delve deeper into narrative purpose, pacing, transitions, and visual storytelling techniques. Expect interactive sessions where you'll exercise your imagination, build a visual library, and sketch sequences. Through live workflow demonstrations, Q&A sessions, and sequence analysis, you'll hone your skills in blocking, staging, and shot sculpting. As we progress, we'll explore shot components, develop personal styles, and refine sequences through iterative passes. Each session will culminate in a sequence show-and-tell, providing opportunities for feedback, discussion, and further refinement. Join us on this enriching journey as we uncover the secrets of Previz - Sequences and Nuances, and together, let's craft more captivating stories!

Course Breakdown

Session 1:

  • Introductions and chat.

  • Refresher on Previz and the basics of filmmaking.

  • Shot types, lenses, transitions, and components of a shot/frame. 

  • 180 Rule.

  • We will study and chat about how the 180 rule/axis line is the backbone of both shots and sequences. Story and structure. Multiple characters and the puzzle of the axis line.  

  • Suggested homework - Study a sequence and break down the 180 rule. Additionally, be prepared to discuss this in the next class.

Session 2:

  • Discussion on the 180 rule.

  • Overview of the structure of a sequence.

  • Effectivity in sequences relying on pacing, transitions, and contrast is crucial for engaging storytelling and visual impact.

  • Analysis as a way to understand concepts. Embracing experimentation and imagination.

  • Exercising imagination, building a visual library and sketching a sequence.

  • Suggested homework - Construct a short sequence. Boards, Animatic or 3D blocked.

Session 3:

  • First pass live workflow, Q&A.

  • Studying/Analyzing blocking and staging, in the context of the 180 rule.

  • Study and discuss sequence live, resources like Every Frame A painting.

  • Suggested homework - Work further on the sequence and sculpt the shots.


Session 4:

  • Sequence show and tell .

  • Studying a sequence for film grammar, rhythm.

  • Q&A .

  • Suggested homework - Second pass on the sequence.

Session 5:

  • Components of a shot.

  • Live workflow.

  • Suggested homework - Final pass on the sequence.

Session 6:

  • Sequence show and tell.

  • Frame with a style, studying and developing a style.

  • Q&A and goodbye.




Chandra Shekar

Chandra's career was kicked off at The Third Floor Inc. His experience at this studio made him realize how much fun the Previz department is and he continued to cement his career as a Previz Artist, working with several studios like Day For Nite, Industrial Light & Magic, Tangent Animation. Shows he worked on include - Skyscraper (2018), Playmobil The Movie (20190 Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie (2023), Maya And The Three (2021), and Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) among others.

With experience from a diverse set of projects in both VFX and Animated shows combined with his interest in teaching, Chandra is excited to share his learnings with others. He aims to emulate collaborative teamwork on a project in this workshop - and become comfortable working independently or alongside a team.

Off work hours, one can find Chandra pursuing his ever expanding list of interests like Reading, Drawing, Biking, Playing the Guitar - and working on his many side projects like making Music, and creating costumes and cosplaying.

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