A couple of years ago I dipped my toe in the shooting board pool. I'd heard a lot about how stressful it was doing these things, but I didn't have a lot of other work coming in and hey, you never know until you give it a try, right? Lucky for me the film production company hooked me up with a very nice director named John O'Hagan. I really nice guy! These are John's thumbnails for one of the commercials we worked on.
One thing I didn't much like about doing shooting boards was having to drive in to Toronto to sit and wait for the director to brief me in person, but after our first project went smoothly, John began sending me everything by email and that was much more my style. Not that I hate meeting people in person, but now that I work from home, a drive into Toronto, a brief and a drive back home is a half a day wasted - time that could be spent drawing - and on the kind of timeline shooting boards are needed at, a half a day is a LOT of wasted time!
So I decided to try something crazy and not pencil these boards. At all. I just blocked in shapes and then pulled details out of them. A nutty idea, I know, but I thought it might give the boards a little more vitality - not pin things down too tightly, you know? Of course it would have helped if I could draw better, BUT...
...overall I'm not too unhappy with these. The idea I had in mind was to create an impression more than a finished storyboard frame for an ad agency client presentation. And John seemed to like this approach. He called me back for several more projects and always asked me to use this technique.
I've included a few alternate frames so you can see how elements were modified or revised along the way.
This was for some British high-speed Internet service provider company. The scenario is that we start of in this teenager's bedroom...
... and then - BOOM - we're in this magical futuristic airport lounge where all these characters from different periods in history are waiting for their boarding call.
And that's it! Kinda fun, huh? Like I said, it was a brief foray into shooting boards. John and the film production studio tried to get ahold of me again a few times after this but I was always busy. Eventually they stopped calling. Over all, I'm not sure if I'm cut out for this kind of work. The projects tended to always happen late in the day and were needed for the next morning, so you had to work VERY late! I'm not much of a night owl.
I dunno if you all want to see more stuff like this or not... comments have been few and far between so far. Don't be afraid to pipe up if you have something to say - and remember, I can't do this alone - still waiting for more of you to get involved and post something.