Glad you enjoyed the layouts and the beat board set ups… now for another installment of storyboards. This is from the opening of the hour special “Dragonflies” which was a take off on the Walter Hill cult classic “The Warriors”. Bessie Higgenbottom and the Honeybees of troop 828 go up against tough rival girlscouts called The Dragonflies. Keep in mind that this is the original storyboard as first submitted to production in which case, it will differ from the actual episode.
I flipped the first few pages on it’s side to show you how I set up the opening shot which is a multi-plane camera pan down from the sky, through the San Francisco skyline past some neighborhoods and wiping with a foreground tree line. The shot slowly cross dissolves into a matching pan to screen left in scene 2. (the establishing shot of the Recreation Center)
Why do all that extra work? It’s about going the extra mile to make sure that the camera work and animation is executed properly to the best that it can. Calling for these kinds of layouts on your board ensure that your director of animation and/or sheet timer can call for these elements to be included in the exposure sheets.
So what about the Post-Its? Well, this was done just before digital boards became the norm. So everything was hand drawn. (although towards the end of my tenure, I did manage to board some digitally) In my case, I used the Post-Its to go over a rough drawing with a tighter one or, it was a trace back from xerox and I simply changed the element that moved.
Scanning these felt like they were definitely archaic. But there will always be something cool about flipping through a thick wad of hand drawn storyboards that will never get old.
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