The Legend of Magdalene Storyboards

Here is the storyboard project redux – this time Bob had us create two sets, one shots and two shots.
I enjoyed the project but I see now exactly why there is a mix of ones and twos in a film. Makes it a lot easier to come up with a wide variety of camera angles. 

One Shot Thumbnails

One Shot Storyboards

Two Shot Thumbnails

Two Short Storyboards

Blade Runner Storyboards

Today we presented our storyboards for this week’s assignment. Each group was given a clip from a movie and each person in the group had to board out a scene. Our teacher gave our group “Blade Runner” and I storyboarded the scene where Rick (Harrison Ford) is trying to escape from Roy (Rutger Hauer). I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. Unlike my last assignment, this one conveys a great deal of depth and perspective. The cinematography for this film is fantastic, and showed me how a film can be composed to create a sense of mood. I am looking forward to using the techniques I learned on this project for my thesis. Here are my thumbnails:

And here are the final boards:

First Storyboard Project of the Semester

So for my first storyboard assignment, I was given the following three things:

1. Character – a super hero
2. Location – a church
3. Set up – behind schedule

We were instructed to create a second character and drew personalities from a hat. I drew confident and wistful. We were also given a script of odd and short dialogue.

I made up a back story in order to entertain myself and make the process more interesting. My character is the confident Rafel Cortez aka El Gallo – the rooster – who grew up on a chicken farm and realized how brave and courageous the rooster truly is with his head held high and ability to greet the sun. He teams up with a nun – Sister Magdalena – who suspects that someone is stealing money from the church. They wait patiently within Our Lady of Perpetual Wistfulness, but are behind schedule, as the culprit has not yet arrived.

And here’s the process:

It starts with the character design. I practiced to make sure my characters looked consistent in the boards and to get a sense of who they were.

The second stage consists of thumbnails. LOTS of thumbnails. You should always plan out your shots to get new ideas.

Finally, the storyboards are created.

People were excited about the project until they realized they had to stay within a framework. Personally I found this to be a creative challenge. When you’re working professionally you’re going to be given scenarios either from your boss or your client. They don’t care if you’re a “sensitive artiste,” they just want the work to be well done and under budget. This is why I am glad I had a career before going to school – I’ve had the opportunity to be in the real world. And now I can take my real world experience and also draw fun pictures.

Kesa Animatic

Met with Tom Bertino last week and got some good tips to improve my animatic. Better camera angles and stronger poses = a better story. So here is the new and improved version. I also changed the main character from a guy to a girl – which was actually my original idea. I’m glad that I went with the original idea:

Kesa is a girl living in a tribe at the end of the Ice Age. Mammoth herds are growing thin so her tribe is having a harder and harder time searching for food. Due to her brother’s death and father’s illness, no one in her family is able to join the hunt. She goes off by herself and finds a baby mammoth – with surprising results.

And here’s the new animatic!