Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Purpose of Storyboarding - by Eric Goldberg

This short film about storyboarding is presented by the awesomely talented Eric Goldberg, an animator who moves seamlessly between animation, storyboarding, and directing. And why not? All these skills are complementary, and all involve the telling of stories in a visual medium. I was lucky enough to work as an animator on "Looney Tunes, Back in Action", and was directed by Eric, who taught me a lot about comic timing and just how much an animator can get away with in terms of fast transitions from one pose to another. Eric is the author of the excellent book "Character Animation - a Crash Course", and there are few better people in our industry to learn from.

Storyboarding is a skill which takes much practice, as it involves a number of different abilities. You have to understand camera, film editing, character expressions, and above all else you need a good sense of story and comic timing.  Lots of digital artists shy away from storyboards because they don't like to draw, or feel intimidated by the demands of the medium, but Eric makes the point that you don't need to be Michelangelo to do good boards. What you need is a desire to learn, and lots of practice.

Just like animation, then.


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