Here are some boards from my final storyboarding project. Nearly done with it! This has been one of my favorite projects to board. Kids are just fun.
"Hans Captures Elsa" (Frozen, 2013), Normand Lemay
Here’s another sequence from Frozen I worked on. It was always a struggle to figure out (as a story team), what were the limits of Elsa’s icy powers. At the core, Elsa just wants to be left alone so she won’t hurt anyone, especially Anna. But in this sequence, we catch a glimpse of her darker side as she is being hunted down and her life is in danger. Elsa is about to unleash hell on the Duke’s henchmen, just before being interrupted by Hans.
As a side note, some key parts of the sequence are missing, like Hans taking care of an angry Marshmallow and making his way to Elsa and the Duke’s henchmen.
Hans Captures Elsa” (Frozen, 2013), Normand Lemay
Here are some awesome boards from Frozen
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Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - Push it!
Clarity is probably the most important thing to think about at all time when boarding. Pushing your poses to an undeniable level of clarity will improve the clarity of the storytelling in general. Don’t leave space for uncertainty in posing out your characters. Your audience will be more engaged and entertained by the sequence.
This is the last post for the Super Week. I hope you enjoyed it. Back on the regular schedule next week (Every Tuesday).
More great tips!
Tuesday Tip - Beat Boards / Storyboards
It can be a daunting task to just “start storyboarding”. Because there’s so many things to think about when storyboarding, we all need a roadmap to know where we are going. Beat boards are not even the first step to creating a story, but it’s often the clearest way to pitch an early concept to someone. It’s also very useful to plan out the larger beats of a large physical sequence (action, chase, etc.). This way, you don’t have to go on a limb for a week or two and have to redo it all if it doesn’t work. They’re sort of like your Key Poses in animation, but put on a story scale. Does that make sense? Message me if you have any questions or suggestions about future posts.
Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - More Acting Less Anatomy
I’ve received a few message asking me how to draw simple generic characters (male, female) for story boarding, and what to do when there’s no character design. I will go over all that stuff, but I need to emphasize something first. I used to be obsessed with muscles and specific anatomy when I was drawing anything. Thanks to 90s superhero comic books and raging hormones, it kept me from embracing the storytelling aspect of sketching. Even later on in art school, I would spend WAY took much time on getting that perfect line quality. Animation Storyboarding squashed most of those inclinations out of me, and that’s good. I need to confess that I almost caved in and “cleaned up” the drawings on this page. This is how I draw when do a “first pass” or just trying to find ideas. That way, I don’t lose the energy or feel of my first instinct when approaching a sequence. Here’s something you’ll hear many times if you hang around story people: “It’s not about pretty drawings.” I agree and disagree to a certain extent, but the sentiment is right. It’s about telling a story and not letting other things (like lines, musculature, clothing, etc.) get in the way of doing so clearly.
Once again, message me if you have requests for the next installments.
Norm’s tips and tutorials are always incredible. This one in particular is awesome!
Wes Anderson // Centered, A Visual Exploration of the Director’s Perfect Symmetry in Films (x)
"I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting."
Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors due to his cinematography choices.