Develop strong visuals of a digital world based on the narrative concept!

26. 8. - 6. 9. 2024
5 projects New
10 days
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

2 500 EUR

in one lab

20% Off

when submitting a project in 2 or 3 labs

Registration Open

This lab focuses on developing strong visuals and digital tools based on the narrative concept you bring to the lab. Emphasis will be on how to establish world-building design elements that reinforce storytelling in digital film production and the highly competitive new AI market.

Artists working on a project will execute the ideas using digital workflows and tools such as Photoshop, Blender, and Unreal Engine to create the digital concept art  – design and create the style and atmosphere of the environment, design props, and backgrounds, the style of render and FX of your movie or game, explore new 3D digital tools to do the designs most efficiently and smartly.

On completion of the lab, you will end up with

  • Developed 4-5 images based on the concept prompts brought to the lab
  • At least one pitch-ready image
  • Idea how designs will affect budgets and schedules, and how your designs will be used by other departments down the line in production.
  • Introduction to digital workflows and production collaboration with Unreal Engine artists.
  • Enhance your team-development processes and digital workflows
  • Up to 4  developed locations or various style approaches tested
  • Flash-out variations of design done by various artists in a team
  • Gain valuable experience directing visual artists as a team
  • Have your ideas supervised by an accomplished professional artist (mentor)
  • Conclude storyboard and character design works as a film poster.

How it works

Producers with a project can bring their own creative team including art-director and concept artist(s). Alternatively, we help to form a team from participating artists. The capacity is maximum 5 projects per lab.

Team of artists will take a chunk of an existing story, or maybe just one sequence, and on a smaller scale, touch upon all the same things they would do to create the design packages necessary for production: storyboards, prop designs, character/costume designs, environment designs, FX design, shot plans (if it’s for a film), and a final story-beat illustration (or two…depending on complexity and skill level of artisrs). They explore digital tools to upgrade your workflows and production know-how. At the end of the lab, you will have several portfolio pieces showing your story in visual context.

The labs include

  • Concept art and digital demo lectures by an accomplished professional
  • Professional mentoring and consulting of your project – film or game
  • Team collaboration with the mentor


Lab description


  • Day 1: Introduction, approach to designing narrative and workflow in digital production (Adobe Photoshop, Blender, Unreal Engine). Discuss the concepts brought to class individually. Decide on key beat moments to develop and plan the usage of the tools.
  • Day 2: Character/costume Design lecture/demo in Adobe Photoshop. Research, digital workflows, tools, tips and tricks.First assignment: Develop a character key beat moment.
  • Day 3: Composition. Characters in action in a set. Research. Develop an action moment. How to quickly produce results digitally.
  • Day 4: Designing an environment, Lighting, and color in Photoshop. Research. Collaboration with Unreal Engine Look dev Lab. How art direction is applied in Unreal Engine. Develop an environment reveal moment.
  • Day 5: Characters in an environment. Continuation working on the assignments in Photoshop. Evolution of the tools: Blocking the space in 3D tools such as Blender. Design characters interacting with an environment close-up set.


  • Day 1: Designing composition and layout using Blender
  • Day 2: Establishing lighting. Shadow shapes and values in Blender and Photoshop
  • Day 3: Understanding color and light sources. Assignments in Photoshop.
  • Day 4: Creating graphics elements and texture. Continuation of the assignment.
  • Day 5: Final critique and refinement. QnA, digital workflows tips and tricks.


Who is it for

Art-director of a project, who actively takes part in the lab and leads team of artists with help of the mentor.

Art-director represents the producer during the lab, ensuring being focused and productive collaboration. Ideally, the producer is present on-site, or he can take form of on/line as well.


In order to be eligible for the lab, along with your registration you need to submit:

  • Project synopsis
  • Motivation letter emphasising career motivation and vision for a project

Fees and funding, Cancelation Policy


2 500 EUR per project

Price includes training fee for max 2 artists in the team (your own, or we help to form a team from individual participating artists), mentor fee overseeing the project, and participation of (art)-director and producer for free.

General conditions

  • Possibility to pay in installments.
  • We advise participants to apply for scholarships for participation fees and/or travel costs in their countries, as many public film funding bodies usually support such training costs.
  • The fee covers the fee of the course. The fee does NOT include accommodation, board, and tuition during workshops and travel.
  • Approximate living costs during your stay in the Czech Republic:
    • Accommodation at the venue: 30 EUR / night
    • Breakfast at the hotel – 5 EUR
    • Restaurant meals between 7 – 10 EUR
    • Grocery in general – 50 EUR per person a week

Funding for Czech employees and freelancers

Czech Labour Office (Úřad práce) offers to cover up to 85% of the course fee within the so-called POVEZ II project (Support of Vocational Training for Employees II). See the details and conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

The fee of 30% off the course price applies when canceling 45 days before the start of the course into which one gets accepted.

Direct interaction
with seasoned

Lucas Film

Our incubator
boosted dozens
of projects

Show all projects

2 500 EUR

in one lab

20% Off

when submitting a project in 2 or 3 labs

Registration Open
  • Having a question?

    Are you having a question related to this page or anything else? Feel free to give us a nudge!