Sunday, August 14th, 2022 Posted by Jim Thacker

Tutorial: Creating Cinematic Compositions for Production

The Gnomon Workshop has released Creating Cinematic Compositions for Production, a guide to creating visual development paintings for movies and animations, recorded by Francesco Guarini.

The workshop, which provides 118 minutes of video training, covers Photoshop and Blender.

Create arresting black-and-white visual development paintings for movies and animations
During the workshop, Guarini explores the art of visual storytelling for production, explaining the theory behind great shots in cinema history, and how lighting is used to affect an audience.

He then sets out how to put theory into practice, developing ideas into production-ready visual development paintings, focusing on compositional influencers and the importance of balance and correct tonal values.

Guarani’s own workflow begins by exploring ideas quickly in Photoshop, then moving to Blender to block out those ideas and experiment with lights and cameras, before jumping back to Photoshop for final rendering.

As well as the tutorial videos themselves, viewers can download project files including JPEG sheets showing Guarani’s images at all stages of development, from rough sketches to final paintings.

About the artist
Francesco Guarini is art director at animation studio Able&Baker.

He has experience in 2D and 3D animation production and IP development, and previously worked as an art director and visual development artist at studios including Blue Zoo and Red Star 3D.

Pricing and availability
Creating Cinematic Compositions for Production is available via a subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, providing access to over 300 tutorials. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $490/year. Free trials are available.

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Full disclosure: CG Channel is owned by Gnomon.