Jim Cornish Talk at NTU

Several days ago, storyboard artist Jim Cornish came to NTU as a guest speaker. His talk was very interesting as he answered many questions thoroughly. I found it pleasant and entertaining to hear someone talk about their job with such enthusiasm. He explained how he started out in the industry and progressively started working on bigger budget films through contacts and hard work; he also showed storyboards he made with different techniques (traditional drawings or photoshop). Personally, what I found the most interesting was the fact he concentrates more on the actual drawings than the written notes; when talking about his storyboards and the way he made them, it was clear that he really understood that images can be more effective than words. And I believe his storyboards do not need notes in order for the viewer to understand what’s occurring: the action is depicted so well that the images alone clearly show what would be on camera.

His work include storyboards for several Harry Potter films, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and the Dark Knight, and many more such as Prince of Persia, the Phantom of the Opera and Tomb Raider.

His website can be seen here: http://www.testing2.blazon.co.uk

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