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VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby z00story » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:15 pm

As promised a while back... here are some storyboards I drew for "A Hard Day's Knight" for the in house VFX 2D team. Basically, I draw a board for each shot we do in 2D for every episode. The complexity of the drawing varies based on the complexity of the shot. Some are as simple as words on a white square, some, like these, are more complicated, because I am conveying trickier information.

I have no clue if other shows do this, as it is quite a demanding task, but I really feel like this has been a key step in conveying the writers/producers vision (and my own, of course) to the artists... the artists, who I think, do an amazing job of taking these thumbnails and making stuff a million times better. It's also the key to pumping out the amount of shots we have to per week.
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby z00story » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:16 pm

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby z00story » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:17 pm

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby neps » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:24 pm

This is incredible z00story! Thanks so much for sharing these!

Can you tell us, what the process is for making these? Do you trace over stills from the episode or are these images of justin drawn from memory/reference? How far before airing the final work do you work on story boards if thats something I can ask?

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Knight4life » Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:48 pm

Zoo story i would humbly request you to ask the VFX guys in your team to please improve the quality of work as far as chroma shots are concerned.Those shots look very fake.

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Michael Pajaro » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:00 pm

I'm amazed at the level of detail in these images, considering that many storboards start out as stick figure diagrams with arrows on them. But these certainly get the point the across.

I think some of these images (and others you have) would make beautiful prints. Maybe someday some can be auctioned for charity or offered as a prize for a promotional contest.

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby neps » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:01 pm

Please keep this thread on topic of discussion of these story boards. There are plenty of other threads talking about this exact issue. Please take some time to read them, and you will see that they are aware of this issue and are working on it for future episodes.

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby z00story » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:04 pm

Sometimes I trace over really low quality stills provided by the post production department, sometimes I draw from memory. You can see examples of both here. For the HUD, I created a series of brushes in photoshop, brushes like reticules, chat windows, digital noise, even KITTs orb is a brush. I reuse these drawing on top of my sketches.

I also use the color yellow to indicate something not on the screen, but an action, or a direction. For example, four arrows growing shows a window coming in.

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby z00story » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:05 pm

Knight4life wrote:Zoo story i would humbly request you to ask the VFX guys in your team to please improve the quality of work as far as chroma shots are concerned.Those shots look very fake.


If by chroma you mean keyed Green Screen shots - it's not my department, sorry!

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Rockatteer » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:31 pm

Wow! Awesome images. They are quite good quality for a story board. :)

Would I be correct in assuming that you guys would need better quality becasue your working with details rather than just general ideas of shots? And I guess you need color for the same reasons?
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby z00story » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:18 pm

To be clear, I do these boards AFTER they have shot an episode and edited the cut. This is the bridge process from post production to VFX. Story boarding / previz for the show is a completely different beast. We also do our fare share of that.

So these boards come from me watching the show, which is how I can get the clear details I need to make the board.

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby weeezl » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:22 pm

They look like paintings, very cool stuff!

Thanks for sharing! :good:

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby cloudkitt » Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:52 pm

That's pretty cool, and a neat insight to a job I know very little about. Thanks a lot!
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby n1elkyfan » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:20 pm

These would be really cool as a big poster

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby PHOENIXZERO » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:30 pm

Thanks z00story for sharing again, always interesting to see how things come together. Nice storyboards! :D :good:

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Maybe it's just me but the green screened driving shots looked better in this and the previous episode. *shrugs*
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Sky_Blue_Civic » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:51 pm

Awesome storyboards! :good: I always love to see how things like this come together in TV and movies.Thanks for putting them up z00story! :D
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Sue » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:41 pm

Wow they are a work of art! :shock: I would totally hang that on my wall.
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Knight4life » Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:58 am

Cool storyboards ...... makes me feel u'll soon come up with a knight rider comic book soon!

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Alex » Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:36 am

I liked a lot and these images are very good! But I think these images are very similar of the film Minority Report.

Thanks, z00story!

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby BlueChaos » Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:40 pm

Amazing storyboards. My favourites are the last two, the VFX on the police car interior is cool.
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby GTiGirl » Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:40 pm

I loved , congratulations z00story :good:

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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Faithful Car KRO » Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:33 pm

Image

That explains why Mike was look at the windsheild in the cop-car even though the info was showing up on the "laptop"
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Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Postby Rockatteer » Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:49 pm

Faithful Car KRO wrote:Image

That explains why Mike was look at the windsheild in the cop-car even though the info was showing up on the "laptop"

Yeah. I noticed that too. Actually I found it really distracting, cos I kept thinking "What the hell is he looking at??"
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