Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rough Animatic 100% DONE!

Whew! That was a challenge, figuring out the shots while learning Storyboard Pro 2.

But it was worth it. I'm completely satisfied with my shot selection. I now have a clearer idea of what's happening when and the staging. Now comes the new challenge: making a presentable, final animatic. This is the version I'm going to be showing people, particularly my Plympton Film School classmates. This is the version I want to be judged. Here's what it's going to need:

1. Improved, consistent drawing. This includes designs of Honey and Luthor that I will maintain throughout the project. Also includes appropriate expressions. I predict this step taking the longest since I'll have to creatively search—through thumbnails—the best poses and expressions for each scene.

2. Tone. I've noticed that many professional storyboards contain gray tone. I'm going to remove all of the color from the final animatic and use just black, white and gray.

3. Final sets. I need to be consistent and logical about the placement of furniture in the bedroom and the placement of the bathroom fixtures.

4. Sound effects and temporary music. This final animatic will be used by the composer to create the music. I'll add temporary music to give myself an idea of what I want and what works. The sound effects will transfer to the final animation step.

This is a lot of work especially with my still-evolving skills. But a deadline's necessary so here it is:

FINAL ANIMATIC WILL BE COMPLETED BY MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011.

That gives me approximately 7 weeks. I'll create a new bar graph to chart the progress.

Let's get it started!

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