Posts Tagged ‘storyboards’

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Apollo Storyboard Teaser

A little moment from the apollo short:



My personal boards tend to be on the rough side, but I’ve fun using after effects to add little camera moments. That program looked like the dashboard of a small airliner when I opened it but I seemed to have learned just enough to blag my way through some camera moves… I really recommend Ryan Boyle’s 2d animation tutorials on vimeo if you’re looking to get started:

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Pirate of the Year! Deleted Sequence from Aardman’s Pirates: Band of Misfits

It’s the Oscars tonight, and this film is up for best animated feature. Here’s hopin! I just want Director Pete Lord to turn up like this. Follow his day on twitter….. This scene was worked on a number of times, but cut for time.



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Monday, July 9th, 2012

Free Photoshop Storyboarding brushes

Hey! I like playing around with brushes in photoshop, so I thought you might like to noodle around with these.

Here’s my brush set that I’ve perfected over years of drawing chickens, and there is no better brush set. At least for now. Some of the brushes I made, there’s a couple from the amazing sets of Chris Wahl (check him out) that I use for tone, and one from some guy in Dreamworks. Sorry, guy. I don’t know who you are, but thanks! And the lassos are there because I’m always using them to select chunks of art, or fill shapes with color. Here’s how they look:

I use tool presets for my boarding, because it’s simply so easy to have a palette always open with the tools set up exactly the way I like them, loaded with the color I need, and with the brush mode I need. They are all set up for for storyboard panel sizes, not some huge A3 piece, so if you want to work bigger, you’ll need to make em bigger.

Instructions: Download the set here: open photoshop; open the Tool Presets Palette. Click on the black arrow on the top right corner, and choose load or replace tool presets, navigate to your downloaded .tpl file and there you go.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The Pirates! storyboards

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. :)

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Life is Story: At the Supermarket

There’s an expression in English: ‘Some mothers do ‘ave em’. That applies to this little dude I met at the supermarket. I really should have helped, but I felt he needed to gain a little more independence.

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Life is Story: On the bus

Took a bus ride into work and was blessed with a conversation happening behind me that diverted all my attention from the book I was reading.

First it was the singing.1Then the racism. This in a bus also containing Ethopian passengers. 2 I was plotting to turn round and fling a few well chosen putdowns (if only I was that quick), when the conversation took a different turn:3


567Sometimes you just got to keep your ears open.


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