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STORY BOARDS (2 replies and 9 comments)

Jacob W.
7 days ago
Jacob W. 7 days ago

This is PRE PROD - Not Post or DI, but I figured I would post this topic here:

 

I am wanting to shoot a film this winter, and I'm in the Pre Production phase. I have access to a phenomenal Artist who I've met as an Art Dept PA. And I want to use her to illustrate my story boards for the film - for obvious reasons I'm wanting to have storyboards before I begin shooting.

That being said, how have you all gone about doing Storyboards with an artist? Roger, among all others. Do you try and convey each shot with the artist and sit next to them while they work, making notes as you go? Do you write out the shots and then give them details and go away, reconvene and look at the storyboards, then give notes?

I'm sure "there are a million ways to skin a deer" applies here, but just wanting to know everyone's experience should you have had them - what works, what has not been effective with working on having an artist draw the boards. I know Roger has said many times he is heavily involved in storyboard process.

 

Thanks. Cheers to all who chime in. Much appreciated.

sheriftolba
6 days ago
sheriftolba 6 days ago

Not Roger here but I'd like to share my thoughts if I may!

You can simply draw the main composition with figures and arrows and such to make it easier for the artist to draw them in a more detailed way, let him/her handle the perspective and shading you can just draw some thumbnails to guide the artist. This makes it a lot easier to communicate the visual ideas you have since you're using visuals and I think artists prefer that the most.

One of the best people out there is Ridley Scott, he draws his own storyboards despite having a storyboard artist on the project or not he just draws everything and someone finishing the storyboards can just look at them and get it in 2 seconds rather than talking for longer times.

I personally started thinking about hiring storyboard artists until one day I decided to try my hand out in drawing, 3 months later I can draw almost everything I come up with, might not be the best illustration but you'll be very surprised to discover what you can learn in 3 months!

I hope this helps 🙂

Mike
5 days ago

Why don’t you share some of your drawings, we would love to see them.

sheriftolba
5 days ago

You'll find them below 🙂

sheriftolba
5 days ago
sheriftolba 5 days ago

Here you go, Not the best but it really gets the job done. I kind of write by drawing these actually!

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Image_0003_Layer-5.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Image-9_0000_Layer-1.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Image-8_0002_Layer-3.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Image-3_0000_Layer-1.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Image-2_0000_Layer-1.png
sheriftolba
5 days ago

Let me know if they're not showing here.

Mike
4 days ago

Thankyou for sharing. These are exceptional drawings equal to any commercial artists you’ll find in any film production. You know how to handle a pen well and your writing clearly shows that you have artistic ‘Flair’ to convey feelings. I have seen some beautifully drawn storyboards, so good in fact that they could be displayed in an art gallery but really basic drawings Is all you need particularly when for framing and composition use. A good pen and ink drawing is all you need.
Perhaps others members would like to comment.

Jacob W.
4 days ago

Wow. Sherif, these are really good for conveying the tone of each shot. I can tell exactly what you're going for. Also quite well drawn technically too! I am definitely not at this level of drawing skill (not yet anyway). But thanks a ton for sharing.

If you're ever interested in drawing storyboards for someone to make a wage, let me know! This style of drawing would help me crucially with my first major film shoot. It's what I'm looking for. If you don't mind, can I show these to an artist as reference? Not to copy or steal, but as inspiration?

sheriftolba
4 days ago

First of all I'm really grateful for your comment!

Secondly, of course you can show them to anyone you'd need to show them to!

I'd love to draw storyboards for a wage since I'm already kind of broke haha, I'm just not sure how I can do that while I'm in Egypt!
I think I have to move to US as soon as possible but I'm still exploring my options.

I'd encourage you to try your hand too and trust the process, you'll be surprised of what you can do just by practice!

sheriftolba
4 days ago

Mike thank you too for your comment I can't believe the word " Artistic Flair " is said here about something I have done haha.
Thanks again!

Mike
4 days ago

Don’t sell yourself short, you could be the next ‘Picasso’ or “Renoir”.

sheriftolba
3 days ago

That's really kind of you Mike thank you so much!

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