Praxinoscope – Galloping Warhorse

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Praxinoscope illustration for the Battle of Atoleiros Interpretation Centre - 14th century Castilian knight in armour charging on horse - line drawing, sketch on paper.

Praxinoscope preparatory illustration - Galloping horse - ink drawing on paper

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Praxinoscope illustration - 14th century Castilian knight in armour charging on horse - black and white drawing.

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Studies and illustrations for a praxinoscope featuring a 14th century Castilian knight charging on warhorse.

Inspired by Muybridge sequential photographs of a galloping horse from his famous Animal Locomotion series (1887).  I would recommend the book,  still unmatched to this day as a reference for painters and animators interested in studying movement. This praxinoscope is part of a larger permanent historical exhibition designed for the Battle of Atoleiros Interpretation Centre, in Fronteira, Portugal. The knight above is an example of the cavalry that took part in the Battle of Atoleiros in April 1384, between Portuguese infantry and a punitive expedition sent by John I of Castile.

Project design by Johan Schelfhout, M.D. Maverick ICS

A short animated test done in Adobe Flash:

Animated castilian knight on galloping warhorse
Castilian knight on galloping warhorse

More samples about this project in the Film Storyboards Drawers blog. If you liked this post and are interested the rich medieval history of Portugal, watch more Atoleiros Battle animatic storyboards and the Aljubarrota battle storyboards.

Atoleiros Battle Animatics Part 02

Visual Narrative

Part two of a series of animatic drawings done for a cross media project on display at the Battle of Atoleiros Interpretation Centre, Fronteira.

See Atoleiros Battle animatics — part 01.

These drawings complement the battle reconstitution film within a larger cross media installation. The Portuguese Interregnum, or the 1383-85 Crisis, is a story of royal tangle, intrigue and treason. To translate it into visual narrative for a larger public, we imagined a virtual chessboard set. It shows each character’s role in their fight over Portugal’s throne, like in a theatre scene. Exhibition design by Maverick ICS.

Check more drawings from this project in the Film Storyboards Drawers blog. If you liked this post you’ll enjoy to watch the Aljubarrota battle storyboards.

Animatic Storyboards for Atoleiros Battle Interpretation Centre — Death Plague March — Animated storyboard

Atoleiros Battle Animatics Part 01

Animated storyboards featured in a multimedia installation designed for the Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Atoleiros. Project design by Johan Schelfhout, MD, Maverick ICS.

The story depicts the events surrounding the 1384 Atoleiros battle during the Portuguese Interregnum. We started with an overview of the scenes roughed in a sketchbook. This step ran in parallel with the writing phase of the adaptation. We tested mood boards in colour, mixing sketches, illuminations and voice-over to get a sense of timing. This part of the story is about the 1383-85 Crisis, and focus on the Marriage of King D. Fernando I the Handsome with Queen D. Leonor the Treacherous. It is a story of betrayal and court secrets, that portraits a kingdom at the verge of civil war.
Editing animated drawings with live footage allowed to spend more of the budget on re-enacting the battle.
Drawings are tell key moments about the political and historical context that led to the battle. The film is part of the permanent exhibition, projected on a drawing board in a reconstructed painter workshop.

The Battle of Atoleiros Interpretation Centre hosts the permanent exhibition in Fronteira, Portugal. In photographs by Fernando Guerra.

If you enjoyed this post and like Portugal’s rich medieval history, check more works:

– Castilian knight praxinoscope

– More production drawings from this project in the drawers blog

– Aljubarrota battle storyboards.

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.

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.

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Rough storyboard – Car chase scene

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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.

Storyboard — Uprising during the Portugal's 1383-85 Crisis

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.

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.

You can see the film here.

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The final TVC:

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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

Watch Aljubarrota – Royal Battle Storyboard on iPad.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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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.