The Ultimate Conquest — short film storyboards
I worked on this project back in 2010 with the writer/director of this script, a very cool guy named Nikita Zubarev. It’s a very sweet short about a nerdy little boy that has a crush on the new girl that moved in across the street. At the time I was working at a company that didn’t like the idea of working on outside projects on company computers even on our down time. So this ended up being in pencil so I could work on it on my lunch break and at coffee shops. The idea behind this film was that it was going to be entirely without dialogue, there was going to be some cute music behind all the visuals so the story really needed to read visually. I’ll post the pages bellow and narrate.
This whole storyboard reads left to right, top to bottom just like regular with the exception of a couple of spots like the first shot which is a long dolly shot that runs from right to left that established our main character playing with his nerdy toys in his living room with the TV on the the background.
Our main character is minding his own business, playing with his toys in the living room when he suddenly hears a sound from outside. He investigates and finds that there a new girl living the house across the street and boy does he think she’s cute. On the TV in the background a commercial comes on for a new cologne. “Women can’t resist” it claims, and he sees a man sweeping a beautiful woman off her feet. Inspiration strikes and next we get an establishing shot of the girls house. A close up on her front door when someone suddenly knocks. She comes to the door and the boy smiles and presents her with a single rose.
She’s shocked by all of this. She takes the rose, examines it and scowls at him. She drops the rose and slams the door in his face. What did he do wrong? He wonders. As he walks back home he sees an older couple walking along. He notices how much that lady seems to love that guys scruffy beard. He rushes home. Next we find him in the bathroom in front of the mirror with one of his moms make-up pencils. He draws in a beard, pulls off his glasses and thinks “She’ll love this.”
Back at her door, he knocks. Again he presents her with a rose and proceeds to pose “casually” against the wall so she can gaze upon his magnificent new beard. Again, she shakes her head dismissing him and slams the door. Cut to him sitting on the curb outside her house wondering what went wrong. He then sees something in the distance that’s getting closer. It’s a couple out for a run. He watches them pass and again inspiration strikes. Cut to a montage of a him getting ready in what he thinks is a sporty outfit. Back at her house, she’s outside watering her plants and gets to the spot where there are some roses missing.
She’s really annoyed by this just then she hears someone behind her. She turns to see the boy in his new get-up. She shakes her head again. He, not paying attention, begins to power walk down the street when suddenly he trips and is down for the count. She gives a small giggle. We see him where he bit the dust, the camera pulls back and turns to reveal him on the ground, tripped over a box someone threw out. Back at his place he digs for something in the freezer. He closes the door and goes to sit on the couch where he places the bag of frozen peas on his scrapped knee. He turns on the TV to a commercial for some workout program and sees a ripped dude with big muscles.
Yet again, inspiration! He looks and his soft tummy and he wonders. Smash cut to his living room, then in the foreground we see him rise up, shaking as he gives it his all before lying back down. Then again he comes up not as high as before, then one more time when he finally collapses with exhaustion. From above we see him sprawled on the floor. He turns and sees a few random things on the floor next to him one of which is a marker. Back at her door he knocks. When she comes to the door there’s no one there. She looks out and sees someone mowing the lawn. The young boy comes in to view, still wearing most of his sporty out fit and still wearing the fake beard, only this time he’s drawn on some abs that look more like a tick-tac-toe game on his stomach. He stops to let her take it all in.
Cut to a close up of his new “abs,” and we pan up to see how proud he is. She waves. Pleased to finally get a response, he waves back. She continues to look on with a smile, he begins to suspect something is up. He turns to see another boy behind him, that’s who she was waving to. He’s an older boy with a cool jacket and a skateboard. Realizing this it makes him sad, he lets go of the mower and runs home. The mower, set to auto, rides away. Back at his house he walks back to the bathroom where he looks at everything he’s done to change who he is. He cleans up, puts his shirt with the peanut butter and jelly stains back on and stands in his room.
He looks at all his nerdy/geeky stuff around his room and is reminded of the person he is. The person he’s happy to be. In the mirror he looks at himself and then goes on to clean himself up a bit, but wearing his normal clothes. Back at her door, this time from the inside, she comes to the door and sees him. He looks different, more sincere. He smiles and gives her a big kiss. She’s so surprised by all this.
She decides that it’s quite nice. They stop and take a step back and she realizes all the silly things he did to try and get her attention and that he’s a very thoughtful guy. He smiles and starts walking back to his place. On the way he sees that older guy and throws him a casual head nod, and continues on his way. Medium shot of her pushing in to a close up, she realizes that she kind of likes him. She waves at him, across the street he waves back. She looks on smitten. From her POV looking across the street we see the rogue mower, still running wild, rolls across the lawn. End.
I really liked this story. It was very cute and treated young crushes with the innocence I felt was dead on. I think many of us have had moments in our youth where we looked on to a cute girl standing across the room and wondered how we were going to get her to like us. A cute, silly and classic tale of young love.
Storyboards for JustFAB and FABkids commercials
I worked on a series of commercials for the fantastic people over at JustFAB and their children’s site FABkids. Here are 3 of the several commercial I developed for them. They didn’t need anything super polished which was helpful considering there was so much to do.
This first sample is a really cute story for FABkids. It’s about a shy girl at her first school dance. Because she dressed well and had a helping had from mom, she mustered up the confidence to get the party started. It was a really fantastic script. When the commercial comes out I’ll be sure to add the video here for you guys to see. The toughest part of this board was that I had to draw large groups of children and they all had to be wearing the various outfits that are sold on the FABkids website. There’s no shortcut to accomplishing this, you just have to buckle down and draw out every detail on every kid. My favorite shot is that of the parents and teachers dancing at the end. The gym coach “vouge“ing on the right will be fun to see in the commercial.
This second sample was called the “Fashion Battle.” Its about a group of neighborhood girls who get together to have a backyard fashion show. They get attacked with water balloons by the neighborhood boys, this opens things up for girls vs. boys water balloon battle. It’s basically a bunch of shots of kids running around the front and back yard of this big property that sets the stage for the battle. Ultimately with a bit of help from mom, the girls win and force the boys to join the fashion show.
These last two samples are from a series of commercials based on the same theme for JustFAB.com. It based around two women in a dream closet with hundreds of pairs of amazing shoes. In the first one, the friend asked what the other would trade for the closet full of shoes. In the second sample, instead of trading, the friend asked what she would rather do to keep the shoes.
These were really fun to do and the guys I worked with were really nice. Hopefully I get to work with them again soon.
One More Game — Indie Film storyboards
This was a fun project to work on. The director Rostam Sarvestani is a very passionate director. This is set to go in to production next month and I’m exited to see this come to life. Without giving away too much I wanted to post these boards for you guys. I look forward to updating this with film still and video from that project.
UPDATE: I’ve received a copy of the video and have posted it her for you guy to see. Along with the video, I’ve added a few more pages of my storyboards so you can compare to the video. Click on the link to download the film. I converted it to a super small file so it should be quick and won’t take up too much space. When I finished there were 44 pages of storyboards for this film.
ONE MORE GAME LR 01 <————-CLICK HERE to download the film.
I.R. laser Thermometers — commercial
This is a commercial I storyboarded for a great group of folks over at the Mitchell + Palmer agency. They were working with the people from FLUKE on their new line of laser thermometers. Here are some sample frames from that job.
Vlasic pickles — commercial
Here’s a really funny/sexy commercial I did for Vlasic pickles. It reminds me of a time I did a storyboard for an AXE body spray commercial in conjunction with Walmart and I got a bit of grief from the Walmart people for drawing the girl in the boards “too provocative.” Any way, here’s the complete boards.
Dairy Queen — commercial
In this commercial for Dairy Queen, these three boys try to pull one over on the store manager. It doesn’t end up working.
Web Commercial — Storyboards
These are samples of commercials created to promote the “Back to School Savings” at a major retailer. Each commercial was directed towards the different people associated with Back to School time. The first one is for the teenage girls wanting to be fashionable as they go back for the new school year. The second one is for parents looking to set their kids up right for school. The third is for teacher and other school staff looking to give parents tips on getting exactly what their kids will need for school. These samples are formatted for advertising decks.
AXE — commercial
Here are some storyboards I created for an AXE commercial. Like always, women end up getting all hot and bothered by the end. This was for a series of 4 or 5 commercials that follow more or less the same sequence of events. In this example a heated meeting gets heated in a different way.
Miller beer commercial
I did these for a production company working with Miller beer. The scripts where really funny. There’s nothing better than drunken old people. Here are a few samples from those boards. Enjoy.
Web Ads for Huggies
I did these a while back and recently found them on an old hard drive. I cranked these out pretty quick I think I had a couple of hours so they aren’t too detailed but there’s enough there to sell the idea. I thought you guys would like seeing some fast pace advertising work.
If I remember correctly, the idea behind these is 3 adventures that baby has (all seen from the baby’s POV) while mommy has left baby with Daddy while she runs some errands, so this all the stuff that Daddy does with baby while Mommy is away.
In this first one, Daddy’s friends come over and play with baby like he’s/she’s a football. Something Mommy would never allow but it’s all good because baby’s wearing huggies, so there’s no fear of any leaks happening.
This second one Daddy takes baby to the park, but before they leave he makes sure baby’s wearing Huggies so their adventure will be accident free.
For this last one, Mommy gets going so Daddy is in charge, and he’s way more relaxed about stuff. Baby watches Daddy workout then baby escapes and almost gets in to the drier, but Daddy is there to save the day. Then Daddy puts baby down for his/her nap. And they all end with the end card where the product and the message is made very clear along with a CTA button. CTA mean “Call To Action”, basically its where the viewer can decide whether to click on the button(s) that will be a link to where they can buy the product or the product company’s site or whatever.
UCLA — Film Student Boards
I created these for a student studying film over at UCLA. They turned out great and he was very happy with these. When I create boards for someone, I ask for a copy of the script, a detailed shot list and reference imagery. These help me get a better idea of what the director has in mind. Storyboard artists unfortunately are not mind readers… But this student gave me the most put-together and organized packet of info I’ve received in a long time. Absolutely fantastic. I wish I had more clients like this.
Hyatt — Commercial Storyboards
Here are some samples from a storyboard I did for Hyatt hotels. It takes place in a cabana by the pool where two friends talk about a creep yoga instructor who had other things beside yoga on his mind. I think it’s meant as web content rather than a TV commercial. I did the whole thing digitally and it turned out great.
Everyone want’s to work on a zombie movie, at least once. I am no different, so I was super exited to be a part of this film project. It’s a slightly different take on your traditional zombies but in a good way. Here are some samples of the boards I created for their pitch project and the animatic they went on to create. I think my favorite part is when they focus on the bunny rabbit. I can scratch another item off my bucket list. These were done digitally.
Rick and Morty — Animation Storyboards
I did these board as a test for a new show called the Adventures of Rick and Morty, something like that. It’s a pretty funny show, I wish I could have stayed on to continue working on these. I am really proud of how these turned out. One of the toughest things I thought would be staying on model with the style of the show, but after the first few pages it became second nature and I found myself really comfortable with all the characters and I noticed I was drawing things out a lot faster. It would be great to work on some more animation projects.
Pasadena City College — Commercial — Storyboards
Years ago I was a hard working student at Pasadena City College, so when the director for this project got in touch with me, you can image the smile that came on my face when he said it was for a commercial for P.C.C. It was one of those rare occasions where I didn’t need any reference images to “see” what the director had in mind. It was a blast to be able to give back to the place that gave me so much. These are some samples and they were all done digitally. The idea behind these is that they show the transformation from student to professional when they follow their dreams and attend P.C.C.
Web Content — Commercial — Storybeats
I was hired to create these storybeats for an web advertising campaign. There are some pretty big name brands and names attached to this project and as you can see. When they went to film it turned out great. I remember the director getting in touch with me and personally thanking me for my work. He told me how, thanks to my illustrations, they were able to knock these shots out quickly and stayed ahead of schedule. Everyone involved with that production were really great people.
“Breakthrough” Commercial Storyboards
These storyboards were for a commercial offering educational tutoring services. The script said that after the people try the service they all do a “happy” dance. I wasn’t sure what that meant so I drew them “walking like egyptians.” I’m not sure most kids will even get that reference. I created these digitally.
“Under the Earthquake” — Storyboards
Here are a few samples from a short film I storyboarded called “Under the Earthquake.” It’s a short effects heavy film. It takes place mostly in a big underground bunker city where the survivors of a tragic series of earthquakes live and struggle to rebuild. The air outside on the surface is toxic and poisonous due to some accident. In the storyboards I depicted this by switching over from grayscale to purple tints. These were done digitally.
Minxx — Music Video — Storyboards
This was a music video for Russian popstar Minxx, directed by David Courtemarche (aka DC5). He’s gone on to work with Marvel studios and on other great projects, so this was a fun project to work on.
“I Want Him Dead” — Trailer/Storyboards
Here are some of the storyboard I created for a Short indy film called “I Want Him Dead.” It was produced by Exertion Films in 2010. The writer/director had a unique vision for a dark revenge comedy inspired by the planning and plotting of the Wiley Coyote character from the Looney Tunes cartoons. The film went on win placement in several film festivals and won best film at the Houston Comedy Film Festival. I storyboarded the entire film over the course of a couple of days with the director. I did these in pencil.
Red Cafe — Music Video — Storybeats
Red Cafe is one of these guys that P.Diddy was bringing up. This was some art I created for 3 of the bigger effect shots for his music video.
Dennis Rodman — Reality TV — Storybeats
These are some of the story-beats I did for a proposed reality TV show for former NBA star Dennis Rodman. The idea behind the show what that Dennis and his partner/sidekick on the show have different extreme adventures every episode. Some of the other adventures included deep-sea fishing, Paintball, and off-road racing.
Good Cop/Bad Cop — Animation Storyboards
In this scene, the cops plan on busting a crime gang and their leader is posing as the witch in a theater production of the Wizard of Oz. On stage they get the drop on her. The three cops go undercover as the other character in the play. They place her under arrest right there on stage. The three cops are surrounded and out numbered by evil munchkins. The witch as her henchmen close by posing as the munchkins. The tables have turned. With the audience looking on, our heroes are in a tight spot.
Here are some boards I created for a new animated show called “Good Cop/Bad Cop.” The three cops, including our lead characters Good Cop and Bad Cop, are going undercover to arrest a crime boss who is also the actress playing the Wicked Witch in a stage production of the Wizard of Oz. I really like doing animation because you’re only ever limited by your own imagination. In most live action productions you always have to work around the companies budget and set limitations, but in animation you can pull off some really elaborate shots.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen — Storyboards
This was for a pitch film project, it’s about fast talking would be mafia men. The script was pretty clever and funny. I did this traditionally with pencil and laid it out with arrows in Photoshop.
Aurora Music Video Storyboards
Aroarah is this great all-girl band in Central California. I was hired by the production company who was filming their latest music video at the time. Here is a sample of the boards I created for that project.
Beer Commercial Storyboards
Back while I was still in college I won the job to do the storyboards for a small micro-brew beer companies’ first commercial. I was really exited to do it and it turned out to be a great little commercial. It’s about these two guys who experience some strange things while at a bar, and it all has to do with Magic Hat Beer No.9. These were done traditionally in pencil by hand.