Right from the sketchbook, a rough storyboard for Suite Française, an adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s World War II novel. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess).
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:
– More production drawings from this project in the drawers blog
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Film Storyboards provides production design and visual storytelling services for films and cross media. I draw visuals for feature films, animation, advertising, games, TV shows and music videos. events, theatre and museums
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. 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, agencies and award-winning directors visualise their projects. with storyboards.
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