I have just updated my storyboard page with a short animatic sequence and completed animation clip, for comparison, from a recently aired Tashi episode I worked on. I always love seeing the finished product and comparing it with the original storyboards. It's great to see it all come to life. Check it out.
Another project I worked on doing animatics for won the Best Animation at the Online Video Awards recently. This was a great little project and very challenging. I was given a pretty long leash buy the directors at Suitcase Murphy which happily payed of. Interpreting Chris Grosz's Illustrative style in the context of the animation constraints was a huge challenge in trying to tell 13 dynamic and interesting tales. It was a fun project with great people to work with.
Here is the animatic of the Lenard Cohen episode.
nd the finished episode.
Some times it is easy to forget I have stuff worthy of a blog post. A couple of years ago I did the storyboards and animatics for a subversive little project called God Squad by Zac Creative. It came at a time in my life where I was still getting used to being a dad for the second time, I had been burnt badly along with a lot of other people by an animation company and one foot out the door with my animation career.
Working on this project brought me back from the edge of leaving the animation biz for good. It reaffirmed that the reasons I got into it in the first place was because it was fun , challenging and there are some really awesome people out there worth working with to make something completely unique. It also gave me a much needed confidence boost right when I needed it and although they are a couple of years old now the animatics I did on God Squad are still some of my favorites that I'm most proud of.
Anyway It's up for an AFI award and if you are a member of said institution you can vote for it if you like. Nick ,the director , cut together a spiffy new trailer just for the occasion. Enjoy.
You can view some of the Animatics and Storyboards I did for God Squad here.
I decided to play with the 3D function in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro for the first time because a client approached me with a project that could benefit from a 3D treatment. Here are a couple of test scenes I did just to get my head around the functionality.
It turns out that while you have to plan and execute your work flow a little differently it is actually very easy to use. I'm kicking myself for not learning how to use it earlier because it has really opened my eyes to a world of animatic possibilities.
I've worked my way through many roles in the animation production pipeline and storyboarding is by far my favorite. Here are a couple of reasons why "Buzzfeed" style.