From Storyboards To Film

I don’t follow who’s who in Hollywood, so I usually don’t know the names of current actors unless they’ve been around long enough to become household names. So when we took the kids to the drive-in last night to see Jurassic World, I had no idea who the lead actress, Bryce Dallas Howard, was.Bryce Dallas HowardThe thing is, I knew I saw her before and it struck me that she reminded me of an actress who starred in a film short I had storyboarded in 2009 for Ten Cent Adventures called “Despair” (2010), directed by photographer, Alex Prager.

Bryce Dallas Howard_Despair_phoneWhen I got home, I looked Bryce Dallas Howard up on IMDB and it turned out that she indeed was that same actress.

That made me think that I never thought to share those boards here in the past, so I thought I’d share the storyboards HERE and the video so you can compare how close the film-short kept to the boards. Keep in mind, as always, that storyboards are not meant for public consumption, so forgive their raw nature. They’re only meant to establish shots and I needed to crank out 32 panels in a reasonably quick time.

Looking back at these storyboards, it struck me as strange that I drew them in square panels, because that’s not obviously an aspect ratio used for film (unless you count square televisions from the 1950’s). I’m not sure why I drew them that way.

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Here’s a quick comparison between the storyboard panel and the finished shot. You can go back to the link and look at each panel and compare them to the shots and see that they really stayed true to the boards.

I recently storyboarded another film-short for Alex Prager again, so when that’s shot I’ll probably share that here.

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Cozmo

Here’s a detail from Ayars Animation’s Cozmo app. Every time I open the app and go to this page, I remember how much work it involved; not just because of the illustrating, but because it had to be done in, like, a bazillion layers in order to facilitate the animating and interactive elements (and if you’ve tinkered with the app, you’d have an idea of what I mean).

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More “War of the Rocketmen”

This is yet another character design for the “War Of the Rocketmen” project. I won’t divulge anything more about the project than the designs I’m doing. You can follow the project HERE and on its Facebook page.

Because so much of the series involves aviation, I thought I’d illustrate a vintage-style airfield as the backdrop behind this character.

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Character Design

Here’s something I did for Nickelodeon. They had a concept for which they needed a couple of characters designed, and they contacted me to produce some of these for them. I’m not sure how far the project got into development, and I don’t keep up with television programming, so I have no idea if this project ever saw the light of day. In any case, here’s a sample of the work I did for them.

For this character, they originally asked me to do something more realistic, so that explains the design on the top right. Then they changed their mind and asked for something a bit more caricatured, which is the one on the top left. By the time I got to the finalized version on the bottom left, we were pretty much firmly into cartoon-land.

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Bad Hulk…

Just a quick nonsense doodle for Monday morning…

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A Different Kind of Art

Deviating from the visual arts today, I thought I’d share a picture of my toys with which I engage in the art of music. In this case, it’s only a hobby and not a vocation, but it’s something that provides a lot of personal enjoyment while still being creative.

These are all USA made Hamer guitars. I tried to get different styles of guitars to cover different styles of music, so I’m pretty much done acquiring guitars (to the relief of my wife, whom I still owe a new kitchen floor).

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From left to right: 2000 Hamer Newport, 1994 Hamer T-51, and 1989 Hamer Californian (the only one of the three I purchased new).

 

The thing is, one can only sit and draw/paint for so long before getting restless. When those moments of restlessness hit, I crank on an amp, pick up one of these fiddles and, if no one is home, proceed to shake the walls. Although, with the hollow body on the left, it’s great for jazz tones, so I’m enjoying trying to play quietly on the little Musicmaster Bass amp. It’s different, but a nice change of pace.

I suppose I could have found something else to distract me when I get restless, but for now this is it. (I actually have a 2009 EVH Wolfgang sitting in its case in a corner out of frame, but I’m selling that, so I didn’t bother including it in this photo of my Hamer trifecta).

So what do you do when you’ve sat at your drawing board, easel, or computer/Cintiq for too long and get restless?

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My Official “AVENGERS – Age of Ultron” Movie Review

Meh.

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May the 4th Be With You!

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My wife told me it was “May the 4th be with you” day (well, because it is May 4th), and since saying it sounds like one has a lisp, I thought it would be appropriate to have Sylvester issuing the greeting.

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