PSYCHO-DELIC STORYTELLING: How Understanding Alfred Hitchcock Films Can Enrich Your Graphic Novel and Children’s Book Art (MELBOURNE)

Hitchock Masterclass PosterDescription

Alfred Hitchcock was the innovative master of the art of concise visual storytelling. His fluid style, dark Film Noir sensibility and relentless quest to engage and surprise the viewer has great relevance for graphic novelists and children’s book illustrators. This workshop focuses on key sequences of his most successful films and unpacks elements of his precise visual syntax and grammar. Be inspired as you delve into storyboards from Psycho, Spellbound, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and The Birds; comprehend what an influence artists like Saul Bass, Salvador Dali and Harold Michelson had on the final footage; and learn how you can adapt Hitchcock’s cinematographic and editing techniques to enhance your graphic storytelling skills.

Who Should Attend

This masterclass is idea if you are:

  • A comic book artist or graphic novelist who wants to bring a new exciting sensibility to your sequential art and layouts, especially in genre fiction
  • A children’s book illustrator who wants to XXXX
  • A story-boarder, cartoonist, or animator who wants to cross over into comics and graphic novels or children’s picture book illustration.

What You Will Learn

  • What are the key elements of the Alfred Hitchcock style and how can this drive more effective visual storytelling?
  • How do we make viewers complicit in our work?
  • Who were the artists behind the striking storyboards of Alfred Hitchcock?
  • What effect did their input have on these visually startling films?
  • How artists can use these shorthand techniques to inform their own work.
  • Why the presence of sound and rhythm are so important in our visuals.

About the Presenter

Kevin Burgemeestre’s work has a broad reach. He has written, illustrated and exhibited work professionally for over thirty years. He has illustrated nearly seventy books and written articles for the arts pages of The Australian and The Age newspapers. His collages were published for almost a decade in The Australian and his debut play was performed in 2012. He is known for his inspirational workshops Australia wide and in recent years he has been recipient of a Creative Communities grant with the University of New England in 2012 during which he completed Kate his debut novel with pictures which was widely reviewed and praised. In 2013 he was invited to be on the selection committee for the Young Australian Art Awards and on the panel for the Dromkeen Librarian Awards and Dromkeen Medal at the State Library of Victoria. He was inaugural Writer in Residence for Banyule Council in 2014 and is currently the recipient of a keenly sought Arts Victoria Artists in Schools grant.

Dr Elizabeth Hale, University of New England:

“Your generosity, creativity, vision, rigour and enthusiasm were remarkable and inspirational…you extended the reach of the program in ways that I had not initially considered…and your ease in dealing with all type of audiences was remarkable.

Event Information

Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: XXXX
Format: Face to face (theory plus practical)
Audience: Age: 15+
Category: Creative development
Level: Emerging, developing and established comics creators, authors and illustrators
Materials to Bring: Pen, pencil, notebook, and / or computer to take notes
Investment: Please find following our fee structure:

  • Ezine Subscribers: $57
  • Partner organisation – Australian Cartoonists’ Association (ACA), Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Australian Writers Network (AWN), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sydney Comics Guild (SCG): $77
  • Full: $97

Further Information: Email or phone (02) 9606 4728 or 0412 445 511.


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Seating is limited to 30 people!

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