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.
These panels will serve you as your blueprint for your board ( Storyboarding ).
THE ROUGH STORYBOARD:
-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.
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.
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