Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Storyboard & Animatic

Jump to the bottom of the page for the animatic.

The inspiration/ideas for the first story Treasure Map came from 2 sources.
First was this sketch I did while my wife Lilly was watching some sort of reality tv show.

The second source was this.

The Russian Winnie the Pooh.
I just love the whole intro with Pooh marching and singing in the forest.
After I have the idea I open Flash and draw the storyboard directly in Flash using my trusty Wacom tablet. This took me one evening or about a few hours to complete. Here's a screen grab of the storyboard.

As you can see I drew everything on 1's, and really ruff. I'll be tightening up the background and characters later.
Here's a detailed image of the timeline.

There are a few things I want to point out.
First is I like to keep elements to their own layers with a description of what it is.

Second thing is labeling the scenes 01,02,03 and so on. This is useful when timing out the storyboard into an animatic, more on this later.

Third thing is as well as labeling the scenes is to label the backgrounds. Remember reuse is your friend, only if your well organized. Mislabeling will cause problems down the road.

Once I have all the basic story information down. I added lots and lots of frames to get the storyboard timed out to a length that felt right. This was most of Sunday afternoon. Lots of back and forth between QuickTime and Flash, making some scenes longer or shorter till it's just right. Which can be seen here.

Now this being my own film I'm not restricted to ridged time restraint. So I can add or remove frames to make it work.

Some of you might be wondering what's with the red "O" is, or what it's for. Well I'm trying to keep it timed to a tempo of 120, so when I add music later the action is ruffly timed to a beat. This beat just so happens to be every 12 frames. I'll be using this as a guide only.

Here's the final animatic.

If this had too much or too little information let me know. I want to post what people are wanting to see.

Up next I'll be seperating the scenes into their own files. Once this is done I'll be tackling the layouts and backgrounds. I'll update when I have more to post.

Stay tuned.


1 comment:

Piotr said...

i just finished a film that I worked on all last month. flash is great, and these few hints will help out for my future projects, awesome work!