Here’s a quick look at my storyboarding process.

Hammer Time Board Samples 01

This is how I go about cre­at­ing sto­ry­boards for clients.  A bulk of the work hap­pens on the pages of the script I receive.  That is where I break down the action, sto­ry­telling and pac­ing of the boards.  I do this by sketch­ing lit­tle thumb­nails in the mar­gins of the script next to the descrip­tions and spo­ken lines.  For this part of the process I like work­ing with the direc­tor to best and quickly cap­ture their “vision” for their film.  Once the thumb­nails are approved I move on to what you see above.  I sketch out the roughs at full size with a bit more detail from the thumb­nails, after that I draw over the rough and clean things up.  Next I drop away the rough sketch reveal­ing the clean draw­ing and if there’s time, I add some gray tones and gra­da­tions to it to give it some depth and lighting.

Some­times clients have very small bud­gets and/or only give me a very com­pressed sched­ule to work on these projects, so what ends up hap­pen­ing is they might only get the roughs or clean draw­ings.  If it’s a super rushed job and the project is lengthy, then thy might only get the thumb­nails.  It all depends on how put together things are by the time they want me to cre­ate the boards.  I’ve had clients that had ref­er­ence pho­tos of all the loca­tions, key props, actor head shots and a clear vision for their project start to fin­ish.  Those are pretty great gigs to get.  Oth­ers some­times have noth­ing really worked out and expect mir­a­cles, those are the ones that end up get­ting tough when they have high expec­ta­tions and expect for you to some­how read their minds.  My goal is always to do the very best for my client.  They have cho­sen and put their trust in me to help them with their project and I don’t take that lightly.  My job as the sto­ry­board artist is to meet and hope­fully add to and exceed the goals and aims of the direc­tors and pro­duc­ers.  A good sto­ry­board lays things out not just for the direc­tor but for every­one involved in the pro­duc­tion and ulti­mately saves every­one time and money.