Animation storyboard process_Rudi Bloss

Animation storyboard process_Rudi Bloss

Animation storyboard process

What is the animation storyboard process? Hi My name is Rudi Bloss and I would like to share the Animation storyboard process with you guys here in the storyboarding’s blog.


I have worked in animation for over 25 years. I have animated in 2D and 3D on several features, created and directed my own TV-series and have been storyboarding for Nickelodeon and now Disney for the last 7 years.


-Get familiar with the series or project before you start storyboarding  to understand the style and sensibility.
-Read the script. Understand purpose and emotion of each sequence while following the overall story-arc.
-Listen to the audio track (if available) to get a better feel for the character’s emotion. Stage characters accordingly.
-Think of boarding like building a house. You want to start with a strong foundation and work your way up. Finish with the details at the end.


-Begin with the scene planning. I sketch one panel per scene after the other onto my script pages. These sketches are simple. A perspective grid with stick figures is enough. This makes it easy to redraw and correct if necessary. You get a clear idea of the composition, screen direction and camera-moves and how the entire sequence flows.
-When planning out a sequence establish the set and the characters, the mood, the time of the day and year. Keep in mind the emotional intention. An action sequence will have more angles, camera-moves and cuts. A “sad” sequence on the other hand will probably work better with a subtler camera and longer scenes.


-The scenes should connect with each other. Watch out for screen direction. Think of storyboarding as a puzzle. A single scene is like a piece, which has to connect with the previous and following scene to complete the puzzle (sequence).
-Drawing a panel for each scene also helps you control your scene-count. Some productions request a limited amount of scenes per episodes.


Storyboarding Process_Rudi Bloss

Storyboarding Process_Rudi Bloss

These panels will serve you as your blueprint for your board ( Storyboarding ).

Stage 2:

-I work on the layouts first. Copy the thumbnail-sketches. Pay attention to perspective and composition. Make sure you are creating space for the action.
-Add light and shadow to help with mood, composition and clarity.
-If you work digitally you can import and scale the characters from the model-sheet as a placeholder. (I am not sketching the characters yet.)
-After all lay-outs and camera-moves are planned out start with the character-posing.
-Plug in the audio and draw the character as if you were animating to the soundtrack going “pose to pose”.
-Keep it rough. Don’t go into details. At this stage you want to make sure you are focusing on the expressions and movements. Draw all panels of your board.

Stage 3:

Listen carefully to the notes. Try to understand why these notes are being addressed, so you can avoid going off into a wrong direction next time. Don’t get emotionally attached to your work.
For more information about Rudi, visit his website at;
“Level15”. also watchable on the internet at:

Storyboarding Process_Rudi Bloss

Storyboarding Process_Rudi Bloss


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