From 2009-2011 I was a storyboarder on Aardman’s Pirates Movie, led by the utterly affable Director Pete lord and co-director Jeff Newitt. This is Pete holding forth on the set of the Captain’s Cabin:
I boarded most of the time in Tel Aviv and flew back and forth to give pitches and get briefs, which was a ton of fun, but the truth is there’s no substitute for being inside the studio all the time. When in the UK, my favourite thing when my brain was running dry was just to find an empty set and soak in the atmosphere of it.
Pic: Pete Lord; follow him on twitter: @petelordaardman
And here’s (most of) the story crew, with our Head of Story Rej Bourdages in the centre: We look like a bunch of patients on day release, but that’s ok. We weren’t let out of our darkened room very often.
Pic: Luke Smith/Aardman
What follows is a chunk of a sequence where the pirates are in London at a science competition, and suddenly the much feared queen Victoria, dread enemy of pirates, makes a surprise entrance. As is often the case with feature boarding, I’ve built on a bunch of ideas from all the other great artists who worked on it, so you can never really claim credit for a sequence. That’s the nature of the job, full collaboration. That’s the way I like it. :)