Behind the scenes of "Roulette"

How I draw storyboards, step by step.

When an old friend, writer/director Joachim Lindman, asked me to storyboard a scene for his short film "Roulette" I was happy to help out.
    On the right you can see the final images in a slideshow, and below you can see the step by stpe process going from his initial thumbnails to my rough sketches and the final result.

    Joachim is working on the animatic, which I will post on this page in the near future. So come back soon!

"Thanks for a great collaboration and quality of the delivery."
    - Joachim Lindman, Roulette writer/director

 

all images © copyright PIXOco 2011

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1. The brief / thumbnails

These are the director's rough thumbnails that show how he sees his film.
    Having these is a great start and saves time. The clearer the director's vision the faster we can reach the goal - to get the images in his head to a polished quality that will sell the idea.

2. Rough layout

My first rough layout sketch, drawn during our meeting. These probably look worse than the initial thumbnail, but that's because we can't spend time on details and clean lines. The director can comment and I can adjust the layout instantly to get a sense of the flow. I number the images to keep track of them.

3. Clean up / lines

I redraw the image on my Wacom Cintiq screen.
    I email them to the director throughout the process for comments and approval. It's like passing the ball to another player and waiting to see what comes back. This way we get closer to the goal, step by step, so we can score (i.e. create the images he needs).

4. Shading / final quality

I add shade and light for depth and mood. I'll also do final tweaks to make sure the director is happy with the final result.
    For color images I skip this step and go straight to coloring. But that's for another time.

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    The end
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