Posts tagged: storyboarding

Latest working project.

I have been busy on a film project.  It is challenging.  It has required me to do some historical research, and I enjoy that a lot.

Storyboard sketches.


Diagrams add a lot to the storyboard packet.


The events depicted in the film include the story out of the New Testament where Christ calms the tempest on the Sea of Galilee.

12 Dogs of Christmas II

They took this still during the filming and I thought it looked nice next to my story sketch.  Fun to see your work materialize.


Danni jumping the horse.


I find that each of my clients have different needs.  I have to be ready to adapt to the requirements of each assignment.  Sometimes rough sketches are desired, others, a more refined drawing is appropriate.

rough storyboards

A rough set of storyboards.

In this set of rough boards, I tried to draw the sketches to represent what each shot would look like.  I call these shooting boards.  Others call them editorial boards.  The idea is to take a stab at converting the written script into a visual script.  It’s the first evolution at directing and editing.  These can be done and re-done until they are fine tuned to perfection (perhaps not the case here).  The level of finish only has to be such as to effectively communicate the idea to the film crew.  In this approach, there will be many more panels, so it is usually too time consuming and costly to take the level of finish to a very high degree.

The whole idea of the storyboard is to save the production money.  Although I enjoy drawing things in a much more refined way, it is not always cost effective.

presentation boards

A more refined level of finish is noticeable in these presentation boards.

In this set of presentation boards, we see an example of a higher degree of finish.  These  boards are intended to be used in pitching the concept to  executives who are going to be financing the operation.  They need to look much more presentable and polished.  They are generally much larger.  They don’t however, need to show every shot as it might appear in the final film product.  They just need to hit the primary beats.  It is understood that they would be pitched by a presenter, who would fill in a lot of gaps with his/her verbal explanation.  Most of the time these panels are simply embellishments of the ruffs that are seen above, but sometimes for clarity sake they are actually drawn out differently so that they work together in the presentation.  As long as the basic idea is clear and sells the executives on the concept.

Some further samples of storyboards can be seen here.  Notice the differences in style and technique.  Clearly what I draw for animation and live-action will look very different, but even from one assignment to another I try to adapt to the feel and individual character of the project.

I have drawn storyboards for film, television, commercials, animation, and theme park attractions.  Just the other day I was asked to draw a couple of quick boards that would be shown to the insurance company that was considering underwriting a film shoot.  They were confused as to what exactly a particular stunt entailed.  The boards illustrated to them how the stunt was going to play out so they would feel more comfortable providing insurance to the production.

Panel one of the stunt.

Panel two of the stunt.

Panel three of the stunt.

Storyboards can be useful in any number of processes.  Howard Hughes utilized storyboards in his aircraft factories to illustrate the assembly line process that he wanted to implement.