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Alexander Lindner is a visual consultant working for the films and games entertainment industry. He has worked as production designer, co-director, art director and script consultant on some of the biggest european animation movies and video games. His range of works includes concept design, storyboard, illustration and matte painting for feature films, videogames and press. Contact: alxdesign@icloud.com Follow updates on Twitter: @alexxdesignn

September 11, 2010

Storyboard and Concept Design, Lars II

I have made literally tons of storyboards over the last decade, for feature films as well as television series and commercials, but I never know how to present them. Many people make the mistake to look too much at drawing esthetics when looking at storyboards. Ok, if the drawings are nice it's a plus, but what really matters is storytelling...that's what a storyboard is all about, right? To really look at a storyboard narration of, say, two, or five minutes of film, you would need to look at hundred drawings or more, best edited into a movie (some call it "Leica Movie") with the appropriate timing on the pictures....and even some previs voice acting if possible.

Here is a very short story moment I did for the children movie "Lars II", with Lars breaking through the ice into a tunnel. The idea was to make a short and exciting "ride", like in an amusement park. This particular one is interesting, because back at the time I managed to lay my hands on some original Studio Ghibli (Miyazaki) storyboard paper, and I had fun to draw my sequence onto those pages. Thinking of the master is very inspiring!

Concept art for the same sequence:


tek! said...

great re-design of the blog, Alex.
and its always a pleasure to see these boards again :)

alxxdsgn said...

thanks !