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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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