Cinematic Color Keyframes with Samuel Smith


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Learn the fundamentals of narrative keyframing for visual development! Join Samuel in this 8-week class and learn everything that goes into making exciting narrative color keys that set the mood for a project. If you are interested in telling a story, painting loosely, and using color in an emotionally engaging way, this class is for you! There will be a combination of demos, lectures and homework assignments that we’ll review in class.

We’ll cover:
Composing for film
Painting efficiently
Color temperature relationships
Mood through lighting
Sequential storytelling
Painting on one layer
Abstraction and indication without detail
Creating texture
Photoshop tips and tricks (should work with procreate too)

Duration: 8 weeks
Date & Time: Starts Sunday November 26, every Sunday at 8:00 AM Pacific, 11:00 AM Eastern
Skill level: All skill levels welcome
Tiers: Receive feedback or spectate without homework feedback
Format: 4 hour live class with combination of lectures, demos, and feedback. Recordings will be provided within 24 hours of each class.
Materials: Any digital or traditional mediums. Paintovers will be done digitally.

All weeks will be a combination of lecture, demos and feedback.

Week 1: Values, making efficient compositions for films
Week 2: How I see color temperature
Week 3: Painting different materials
Week 4: Combining references
Week 5: Designing a sequence of 4 keyframes I
Week 6: Designing a sequence of 4 keyframes II
Week 7: Painting our key frames, defining mood through color and light
Week 8: Finishing the paintings, Q&A, tips for going further. 


Samuel Smith is a visual development artist working for clients such as Epic Games, Netflix, and Paramount Studios, working on projects such as the feature film Klaus and TV show Star Wars Visions