Ever get stuck starring at the blank page or screen?
Don’t panic! There are plenty of places to get ideas from. Movies and comics are the best places to get visual inspirations from – especially animated films since they have some of the most control over camera angle and scene composition. Look at movie special features, especially ones that offer storyboard/animatic clips. Experiment and explore. If you find something you like, don’t be afraid at all to borrow it for your own work. Always study good compositions. Once you you have an understanding of cinematography and cutting, the rest is just practice and experimentation.
If you ever have any questions about storyboarding, don’t hesitate to ask me and e-mail me any time, I also have plenty of ‘storyboard tests’ which are just short and simple scripts that you can use for practice.
This website will always be here to serve you as a guide.
- Create your own Online Portfolio: Animator’s guide to building your web pressence
- Ron’s Storyboard Cheatsheet
- Blank Storyboard Templates
- Storyboard Samples by Ron
- Johnny Test Storyboards by the best storyboard artists in Nova Scotia – Derek & Jeff
- Here is a great book on the subject of body language: What Every BODY is Saying – by Joe Navarro
- Brad Bird & Chris Roman: Notes on Composition & Storyboarding
- I highly recommend reading through this amazing book: The Visual Story – by Bruce Block
- Shot Analysis of Wall-E: A dissection of the different types of shots in a few sequences
- Emmanuel Deligiannis: Four short storyboard samples
- Jay Oliva: Storyboard samples from some Batman and Superman Animated films
- Sharon Forward: See these Storyboards from Winnie the Pooh and Kim Possible
- Traditional art values applied to digital painting: Concept Art, Visual Development, Character/Creature Design, and Color Theory in Photoshop
- Massive Collection of Screen Captures: An archive of hundreds of snap shots from various films
- For 3D/2D Animation Artists: Setting Your Rates for Freelance Projects
- For Illustrators & Graphic Designers:
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your spirit. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.