Mark Simon, aka the Godfather of Storyboards, has created five courses for LinkedIn Learning, including those on storyboarding, Voice-Overs, Character Animator and Wacom ExpressKeys. He provides storyboards for some of our favorite shows like, “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” and has over 5,000 production credits.
Each course is filled with brief videos that are only 2-5 minutes long. Jump right to the question you want answered.
The courses are listed below, and if you click on the banner below that, you’ll get to all of Mark’s courses.
Plus, you can check out 10% of each course for free.
LinkedIn Learning courses:
Toon Boom Storyboard Pro Essential Training
3D Storyboarding in Storyboard Pro (coming soon)
Wacom Tablet: Customizing ExpressKeys
It’s easy to start drawing with a Wacom tablet and ignore the buttons running down the side. Known as ExpressKeys, these buttons offer time-saving shortcuts to common functions, such as mode toggles, 3D rotation, and pan, scroll, and zoom. This course helps you unlock the full power of your Wacom device with the ExpressKeys, touch controls, gestures, and other shortcut features available. Instructor Mark Simon—a story artist and avid Wacom user—also shows how to customize the shortcuts further, and then tailor them for use with specific software: Photoshop, PowerPoint, Storyboard Pro, Maya, After Effects, and more. Plus, get tips for working with the Wacom remote.
Voice-Over for Video and Animation
Voice acting (voice-over) is more than just funny voices. This course prepares voice actors and directors for what is expected in a recording session and provides tips to improve anyone’s voiceover skills. Director and storyboard artist Mark Simon reveals the industry standards for producing better voice sessions, as well as techniques to improve line readings and create a winning demo reel. He also covers the nuts and bolts of recording, delivering, and backing up audio files, and achieving that professional sound for personal projects at a home studio or office.
Using Character Animator in Production
Adobe Character Animator boasts tools and functionality that allow you to create striking real-time animation. In this course, discover how to leverage this fun and powerful software throughout the production process—from pre-production to post-production and delivery. Instructor Mark Simon shows how to tackle pre-production tasks such as storyboarding and budgeting. Mark also goes over ways to add value to your production, explaining how to make your characters walk, how to best capture eye movement, and how to create actions that build off other actions. Plus, he demonstrates how to deal with common production issues; shares some cool production tricks; and explains how to handle the delivery of your final product, including how to set up a live-to-presentation production and export to Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
Why storyboard digitally?
Setting up a new Storyboard Pro file
Zooming, rotating, and moving around the workspace