Storyboarding in four stages_ Vadim Bazhanov
Storyboarding in four stages
My name is Vadim Bazhanov and I work as a feature story artist in the animation film industry.
I would like to share with you my method of storyboarding that I have broken down into four main stage;
The brainstorm stage
The rough stage
The cleanup stage
The brainstorming stage is the most important. Before you start drawing storyboards you need a plan. Think about the scene as a whole and what job it needs to archive in the film. Gather visual ideas / inspiration. Watch movie scenes or look at art that relates to your scene. Thumbnail the scene out very roughly and quickly. This is a good time to show your friends or coworkers to get their input. The more you know about how your gonna board your scene now the less back and forth you will have to do later. Don’t worry if you can’t visualize the entire scene shot by shot. As long as you have a rough plan you can proceed to the next stage.
The rough drawing stage. Don’t spend time to make pretty drawings just yet. Go through the entire scene and board it out roughly. Figure out all the shots and how they flow together. Don’t worry about making all the poses you want just yet. Its more important to have all the shots flowing in the right order. Drawing rough and loose is the most important part of this stage. This way its much easier to draw the shot you want rather then getting stuck in a clean and stiff drawing. Show friends/coworkers for input.
The cleanup stage. This takes the most time. The planning is done and its time to make things clear and simple. The best time to listen to a cool podcast or music. Go through the entire sequence and make all the drawings as simple and as clear as you can. Clean up the backgrounds. Spend time on extra poses that help sell an action/emotion. Add tone to sequences/panels that need it. Don’t spend too much time making it extra nice because the director will most likely ask for changes. You want the boards to be simple and clear to understand.
Now its time to pitch your sequence. Practice pitching your sequence just as you would if you were showing your director. Go through it a bunch of times right before the pitch so that your brain is in sync with the sequence and you can go through it without having to stop and remember what you wanted to say. Pitch with confidence! The worst is when you pitch your sequence like you yourself have no idea if you made the right decision. An unconfident pitch can ruin a great sequence.
Good luck and have fun!
You can see Vadim’s work at vadim-a-palooza.tumblr.com