Friday, April 30, 2010

Alternate Visions

In the storyboard biz, you will work on a film for months with a director and try your best to help him/her, visualize their vision of the script. Occasionally, for whatever reason, the show gets shut down, and the film you worked so hard to help visualize goes away forever. Sometimes, you find that the film has come back, albeit with a different director, crew and storyboard artist. It happens all the time in Hollywood, with storyboard artists being among the few who "see" the film as visioned by a different director. This changing of directors has happened on several films I've worked on: Sahara, The Golden Compass ( although the original director returned after his replacement left the show ). Most recently, I worked on The A-Team movie with director John Singleton, who was later replaced by Joe Carnahan. I always wonder what the films would've been like if the original director had stayed aboard.

Below is a sample of boards I did for director Jonathon Mostow ( Terminator 3 ) for a film called Tonight He Comes, which would later be renamed Hancock and was directed by Peter Berg.


At Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 12:36:00 AM PDT, Blogger Roberto Zaghi said...

beautifully designed frames, great action in the boat crash sequence. Working with directors at this visualization stage must be really fascinating.

At Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 6:24:00 PM PDT, Blogger crazy_asian_man said...

Freaking awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing a tidbit on what it's like to work behind the scenes, too- always interesting!

At Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:44:00 AM PDT, Blogger Ned said...

wow!!! great design and great action.


At Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:38:00 AM PDT, Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Wonderful pages.

At Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 3:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger Randy @ WCG Comics said...

Was Will Smith already attached to it, even with the change of directors? From your storyboards, it looks like, yes!

At Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 9:34:00 PM PDT, Blogger benton jew said...

Roberto-Yeah, it's a lot of fun. Of course no two directors work the same way. Every one is a different challenge. The trick is learning to adapt to the different styles. Sometimes, when it works out well, you just "click" with a certain director and it works!

Crazy, Dom,-Thanks again for dropping by.

Ned-Went to your site. Your work is beautiful!

Randy-Yeah, Will Smith was attached all the way through. The other actors were still unsettled while I was on it. For the second lead, I kept picturing Paul Giamatti ( and I drew him that way ) although they eventually went with Jason Bateman.


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