Emerging in a time when production studios were limited when executing complicated camera angles or effects-heavy sequences, Previzualization surfaced as the premiere visual planning technique. In the past, it was practiced by using replica models and props to stage/plan a sequence or complex shots. The earliest practice of digital previz started with George Lucas who wanted an animated storyboard to choreograph the elaborate fight scenes for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Presently, it’s a vital digital part of film productions, especially when CG is being used. Previz has grown into a powerful tool and strategic visual planning best practice that seeks to enhance the art of storytelling for creatives.

Director of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon, said: "Previz is an amazing tool to get everybody on the same page”.

Besides the choreography and planning of complex shots and sequences, Previz is also a way filmmakers get projects green lit from studio executives. It’s a way for directors and filmmakers to really communicate their vision for a film—this part of previz is called “pitch-viz”. Tech-viz and Post-viz are also stages within the previz process that widens the scope its capabilities.

Due to the need of the advanced tool and methods, more jobs have materialized over the years to support production teams all over the world. Previz Supervisor, Previz Production Management, Previz Shot Creator, Previz Asset Builder, Previz Editor, and Junior Previz Shot Creator are on the list—just to name a few.

Previz veteran, Bevin Carnes, is a senior previz artist who has worked for a number of high profile companies and films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, and Green Lantern. Bevin will talk about her workflow, explain how previz has transformed the industry, and talk about her anticipated upcoming workshop "Storytelling with Previz".

Click here to access this session on Friday March 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PDT). And don't forget to check out Bevin's course, "Storytelling with Previz," here. Registration opens March 15th.

We look forward to seeing you in the session!