STORYBOARDING TIPS_TIME MANAGEMENT_ Rudi Bloss _A
Hi My name is Rudi Bloss and I would like to share some STORYBOARDING TIPS_TIME MANAGEMENT for those interested on doing storyboards.
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.
–Time management is one of the most important things you need to learn, working as a board-artist on a production. If you can’t hand in your board on time you might cost the production a lot of money. Let’s say you are one week late. The production now has to pay an extra week to get the work done. You might think: “Well, they pay me $2000,- a week, so that is not so bad.” Wrong, because there might be a team of lay-out artists and maybe a studio of 40 animators waiting for your board. Now they will also have to be paid an extra week too. Costs will escalade. The producer will be unhappy and your days on the production might be numbered.
When a production is green lid there is a schedule. And with it there is a delivery-time for the project. When the train has left the station everyone on the production is like a part of the engine. If one wheel breaks it will cause the train to stop. That wheel will be very fast replaced. I have seen very experienced board-artist get fired from productions, because they were too slow. They did beautiful work, but they couldn’t keep up with the fast pace. They started working long hours to compensate, burned out and finally after a verbal and a written warning were fired.
One of the biggest mistakes a board-artists can do is to start without a game plan. He read the script. He got some great ideas and he is eager to impress with amazing drawings. He will start straight away with the rough-board, drawing beautiful drawings and gets lost in details. Then suddenly time catches up and he struggles to finish on time. The result is an inconsistent board. The first part looks beautiful and the end is unrecognizable scribbles. A clear sign, that he hasn’t managed his time properly. In the worst case it will need to be picked up by someone else to make it usable for production.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO TIMEMANAGE YOURSELF:
First of all, you shouldn’t have to work more then 40 hours a week. If you do, you are doing something wrong. Here are some tips to help.
1.) You might be working too clean (work rougher. Set yourself a time limit for each drawing if necessary. You will find the right amount of rough/clean to stay within the time limit.)
2.) You are not focused enough. You might be present at the studio for 8 hours, but you are wasting time on Facebook and email. (Start working immediately after you come in to work. Don’t read and answer any emails before lunchtime. Stay away from Facebook and Internet until after lunchtime.)
3.) You are not time-managing yourself. (Come up with daily goals you want to achieve.)
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