Animatics – Aljubarotta Battle

 

 

 

Animatics — illustrations series made for audio guides depicting the 1385 Aljubarrota battle for the Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre, Portugal.

The sequences take the visitor through different phases of the famous Portuguese defensive battle, one of the first of its kind in Europe, exploring the trenching tactic used, troops movements and other historical aspects while interactive features draw on some of the injuries inflicted on soldiers whose remains were later found on the battlefield, studied by archeologists and visible in the interpretation centre.

Project design by Maverick ICS, post production by KomKom Doorn.

If you liked this post, check the Aljubarrota battle storyboards.

Bikes and Kites

Shooting storyboards / TV Commercials

Bikes

 

If you want to view this storyboard on iPad, here is the link.

Kites

View on iPad.

Final edit of the film.

Directed by Marc R. Wilkins.
Produced by Lovo Films Brussels.
Client: non-profit recycling organization Fost Plus 2008 awareness campaign.

The roughs for the two films show my usual storyboarding process – a very simple one: drafting the whole camera angles and compositions in very tiny frames, on the fly, during live discussion with the director or over the phone – these where done over the phone and the help of very precise visual and written notes, so you’ll notice very little difference with the final boards.

Rough storyboard thumbnails - Bikes

“Bikes” rough

Kites Rough storyboard thumbnails - Kites

“Kites” rough

In this case a double page holds an overview of each 30 seconds film but there are instances where you would need an entire sketchbook for a single story.

Storyboard for Ello Mobile animations

Storyboard schema - Ello - Sumatra project

Storyboard 01 - Ello - Sumatra project

Storyboard 02 - Ello - Sumatra project

Storyboard 03 - Ello - Sumatra project

Storyboard 04 - Ello - Sumatra project

Storyboard 05 - Ello - Sumatra project

Storyboard 06 - Ello - Sumatra project

Designed with LUON to present in a light-hearted way the Natuurpunt‘ Sumatran rainforest preservation project, one of eight charitable projects funded by Ello Mobile users. Each project is illustrated by a small animation featuring a family of characters.

More about these 8 projects and another way to support these online, through Ello Find, a Google powered search engine.

The final animation:

 

Ello Sumatra Animation
Ello Mobile — Sumatra Animation

 

Another one from the same series.

 

Ello Mobile — Medibus animation
Ello Mobile — Medibus animation

The Hot Potato – Car Chase

Shooting storyboard: car chase and special effects scenes.
The Hot Potato, feature film written, directed and produced by Tim Lewiston, Wardour Pictures and Novak Prod. Shot on location in UK and Belgium.

Synopsis: Based on real events. London’s East End 1969. One evening, a government research establishment explodes; an event that eventually leads the two friends, Kenny (Ray Winstone) and Danny (Jack Huston), being in possession of a large lump of Uranium… They crisscross Europe to find a buyer. Accompanied by Danny’s girl, the lovely Carole. They encounter a diverse cast of bizarre characters, all trying to steal the ‘Hot Potato’, but a deal agreed inside the Vatican has the co-conspirators confounding each other. The story twists and turns to an exciting and unexpected finale.

Only two sequences were storyboarded: the action scene with cars and another scene requiring matte and special effects. Drawn directly with ink on paper, trying to keep the energy of the first draft, the second scene is just sketched roughly – as no more than an outline was necessary. Click on frame center to view sequences in full screen.

Watch The Hot Potato Storyboard on iPad.

Drawing the two scenes was fun.
Looking forward to seeing the movie.

Rough storyboard car chase The Hot Potato
Rough storyboard – Car chase scene

The Hot Potato storyboard car chase sequence - storyboard
One frame from car chase scene – storyboard cleaned

Rough storyboard The Hot Potato - gun scene
Rough storyboard The Hot Potato – gun scene

The Hot Potato One frame from car chase, firing gun scene - storyboard cleaned
One frame from car chase, firing gun scene – storyboard cleaned

The Hot Potato One frame from car chase, firing gun scene - storyboard cleaned
Another frame from the same scene

You can download the storyboard in pdf format here.

Storyboards Samples

Since 1999, I draw storyboards and concept illustrations for feature films, advertising commercials, TV shows, animation, events, spectacles historical films and documentaries.

Here you can view some of these different storyboards styles in a single pdf document. If you are looking for a storyboard artist able to work in different styles, check these to see how it might suit your project.

Storyboards can usually be delivered in a rapid turnaround time, either in digital form or hand-drawn on paper, or both.

More illustration and concept art works at alternatyves outc.

Since 1999, I draw storyboards and concept illustrations for feature films, advertising commercials, TV shows, animation, events, spectacles historical films and documentaries.

Here you can view some of these different storyboards styles in a single pdf document. If you are looking for a storyboard artist able to work in different styles, check these to see how it might suit your project.

Storyboards can usually be delivered in a rapid turnaround time, either in digital form or hand-drawn on paper, or both.

More illustration and concept art works at alternatyves outc.

M6 Musique

A second shooting storyboard drawn for M6 Mobile, for a TV commercial filmed in Brussels.

Directed by Marc R. Wilkins.
Produced by Hush and Pacha Production.

Agency: BDDP & Fils.

 

The final TVC:

M6 Social Media

 

Shooting storyboards for a TV commercial directed by Marc R. Wilkins.

Produced by Hush and Pacha Production.

Client: M6 Mobile.

These were typically drawn very fast, over the course of two days.
Film location: The first TVC, “Musique” was shot in an apartment and the second film “Réseaux sociaux” at Verschueren Café in Saint-Gilles, both in Brussels.

Video:

Aljubarrota Royal Battle

Storyboard and production drawings for a film projection on large screen (ratio 3/1) for Fundação Batalha de Aljubarrota (FBA), the Aljubarrota Battle Interpretation Centre (CIBA) in Portugal.

The result of extended teamwork with producer & content designer Johan Schelfhout, Maverick ICS, this storyboard was initially used as a visual screenplay to pitch the show to Fundação Batalha de Aljubarrota but also proved a very good tool to help write the adaptation itself in sequences.

Production Companies:

Maverick ICS
Grid VFX
Filmes do Tejo 

The script is an adaptation of Fernão Lopes chronicles, depicting the 1383-1385 Portuguese crisis known as Interregno. A story for the modern viewer, seen through the lenses of an almost contemporary witness,  revisited by todays scholars to be as historically accurate as possible.  The fierce political fights for power over the kingdom followed the death of the King Fernando I, and a civil war ensued culminating with the Aljubarrota battle in 1385, which involved Portuguese troops and English longbowmen allies fighting against Castilian and French knights. In this early version, the audience follows Fernão Lopes as the narrator on the battlefield in the the battle aftermath and is told how it came to be, from court intrigues, murders and alliances to medieval warfare and military tactics.

Watch the film trailer

If you are interested in medieval history in general and would like to know more about the Aljubarrota battle in particular, you should visit the museum, where you will be able to see the resulting show on wide screens.

Storyboard Aljubarrota-battle D-Juan

As for the storyboards, we did many more for this adaptation, since there were adjustments made to the film, including re-shooting of a few scenes with additional budget.

Interior scenes were filmed with more people or in different locations than initially.

Aljubarrota_royal battle storyboard_Abrantes 01

Aljubarrota_royal battle storyboard_Abrantes 02

Aljubarrota_royal battle storyboard_Abrantes 03

Even though we had a few film references, a big part of these scene actually work more like theatre.

Storyboard Aljubarrota_royal battle - Andeiro Murder 01

Storyboard Aljubarrota_royal battle - Andeiro Murder scene - frame 2

Storyboard Aljubarrota_royal battle - Andeiro Murder scene - Leonor Telles

In the end the show focus shifted towards a little bit more of spectacle and the battle itself. Subsequent storyboards reflect that.

Storyboard - Portuguese second position at Aljubarrota battle

If you liked this post, check more Aljubarrota battle reconstitution projects.

Storyboard for a film projection on large screen (ratio 3/1) for Fundação Batalha de Aljubarrota (FBA) Aljubarrota Battle Interpretation Center – CIBA, in Portugal.

New storyboard site

Welcome to this new site showcasing cinematic pre production works.

Film Storyboards provides with production design and visual storytelling services for films, animation and cross media projects. I draw visuals for feature films, animation, advertising, games, live shows, events, theme parks, music videos, theatre and museums.

I like sequential illustration and storyboarding represents a considerable part of my experience as an illustrator. I started out working as a commercial storyboard artist in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 1999.

From Saigon, I drew storyboards for Southeast Asia’s fast growing advertising and film scenes for the next two years. Since then, moving on, continued working as a freelancer for clients in Europe and globally.

Today, storyboarding amounts to about 1/3 of my practice, alongside illustration and art direction.

Currently based in Brussels, I travel to draw on location or work from my studio. Helping production houses, advertising agencies, animation companies and award-winning directors visualise, present and pitch their projects.

For example, a shooting storyboards can be helpful for a production to estimate the budget for special effects, that will inform VFX and SFX work and help the crew prepare and communicate complex action scenes. Storyboards sometimes involve conceptual illustrations and set design. A storyboard can also be a form of script development, an editing tool and even a marketing tool.

If you are looking for a story artist for a film production, check samples of my work in different styles. For credentials, visit the credits page to make sure your projects will be in good hands,

This site will host my portfolio, colour and black and white storyboards samples along with some notes about the works, preparatory drawings, roughs sketches etc.

In time, the site will also host storyboard templates, articles and resources about storyboarding. If you are looking for a layout template for a specific film format that you don’t see on that page, you will more likely find it on the templates shop.

This site is an ongoing project, wedding the forgotten art of old school storyboarding with contemporary digital illustration. Watch this space if you love storytelling for film, multimedia and concept art.

For work related matters, you can contact me by emailing to yves//at//film-storyboards.com. But when you are in a hurry, talking is always best. For visual emergencies, please dial +32 475 418 427.

You can also follow @filmstoryboards on Twitter, a feed about sharing storytelling, production design and filmmaking related links. Story artists, film directors and productions are welcome to send their news and work updates.

Thank you again for visiting.