Just a big old glut of various doodles, some going back to the summer. Studies, nonsense, weird, boring, scribbly, polished - it's all there!
Lately I've been following the Kris Pearn storyboard lessons on Schoolism. I love learning more about the craft and seeing the different approaches and methods different artists use!
These are from Week 2 - the task was to take a 3 - 5 minute sequence from a film and study it, thinking about how I responded emotionally to it and working out how the film maker uses the camera "to create emotional context for the audience."
I had been watching The Lord of the Rings, so I chose "The Sacrifice of Faramir" sequence from RotK.
One of the reasons I chose it was because there was a lot of movement - more movement than I've ever storyboarded myself, and it's usually good to take yourself out your comfort zone (or so I hear!) It's a good exercise - it took a while, but it was really satisfying to see it all drawn out (even if a lot of the drawings are quite crude. I really didn't have the patience to draw all the horses!).
I realise I may have scribbled the wrong terms for camera moves down ... I hope I'm getting better, but I used to get a bit confused with the different terms (like the difference between a dolly shot and a zoom, for example). Every day's a school day!
I found some of the files from the CelAction training course I was fortunate to take part in! The course was held on Skye at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and taught by the lovely and ever-patient Mat Dame of King Rollo Films.
For one of our last lessons we did lip synch ... and I made things difficult for myself! Choosing a clip that was longer than recommended and wanting to incorporate body language to match the wonderfully over-the-top acting by Eartha Kitt (I admit, manipulating the stock boy puppet we were all given into to those poses was a lot of fun ... weird, weird fun).
As you will see, I did not complete the animation in the end. Perhaps a lesson to stick to the brief and keep time in mind? I wish I could go back and finish it, but unfortunately it was right at the end of the course.
(All assets belong to King Rollo Films. The dialogue is from the Disney film "The Emperor's New Groove")
UK based animation & storyboard artist