Promotion artwork for an animated feature film.
Getting a film made these days involves an enormous amount of marketing and selling of the idea and the story as well as how it will look. Especially if it's an animated feature. This is where storyboard artists can come in very handy. The visualization of the film, key moments and ideas can be expressed in animatics and stills, going a long way to helping a film get the attention it needs without busting the bank.
Recently I was fortunate enough to be involved in such a project, a 3d animated film called The Fourth Magi. A group of about five to six story artists, matte painters, and character designers, working entirely on the promotion of the film. Then once more funding was secured into pre-production.
Sadly, However, due to many unforseen circumstances the production has since been put on hold. Which is extremely sad, because it was a film with heaps of potential. Set in the Middle East at the time of Christ , the subject matter and scenery was brilliant. I'm really hoping the film does get made someday, (when the credit crisis gets a headache...).
A polished animatic I worked on for a the film promo. I did these using a Cintiq and Sketchbook Pro with Photoshop. A couple of hundred panels were done like this with just three of us to do it. Talk about crazy!
Polished Storyboard Art for the film's promo book. More digital pen work.
This time amping up contrast to get a strong comic book feel.
Then come the production boards...
Storyboarding for animation can be pretty intense. You need to think like a director, cinematographer, actor, editor..... There are usually many panels, and the detail of acting and timing are very important to get right.
This production board sample was for the same project. A lot looser of course. Attention is given to making the film work. How odes the story flow, are the shots and cuts working? There is always something to improve.