READING THE SCRIPT!

Hey guys,

I thought I would write a small article at the same time that I would actually process the script and do my workflow on it.

Hope you guys dig this article and that it might help some of you guys out there that are looking for this specific information.

Here goes!…

Your first step before starting anything that involves drawing boards is this:

– READ THE DAMN SCRIPT! 


read it 2-3 times if you have to. 

I got one yesterday and this baby has 135 pages worth of reading.

At first glance that might sound intimidating to read but trust me, reading a movie script is far more easier then reading a page from a novel book. You fly right through the dialogue as you read…it’s a light read really.

Now as I’m reading, I’m actually jotting down notes on the actual copy of the script and underlining some parts that I think will need dramatic camera angles. This process also helps me take notice of what I might need in terms of visual references in order to make my life and my drawing process easier later on when I will do the “breakdowns”/ Thumbnail Sketches.

Another thing that you might encounter is receiving preliminary sketches from either the Director himself or a previous artist that has done some work on the script.

One thing to keep in mind also is the script itself might not always be set in stone by the time you are going to start working on the storyboards. Revisions will be needed depending on the script rewrites.

Keep in mind that when you are doing storyboards for a feature film, your boards has to show clarity of reading the shot and it’s all about communicating your ideas! …it’s not about spending hours of rendering illustrations for a book cover. Heck!…stick figures could work here if you know what I’m talking about. Keep it simple, clear and straight to the point.

Thanks for reading and keep an eye out in my Storyboard Gallery for the latest updates!

Cheers!

JC De La Ronde,
Freelance Storyboard Artist

See full post here: STORYBOARD ARTIST JC2011-09-14.