Bird Food writer and director Richard Keane takes us behind-the-scenes on his short animation Bird Food to explain the art of storyboarding and animatics!
Once you are happy with your script, (for the time being at least), and you have some characters, prop and set designs for the storyboard artist to work from, then you are good to go into storyboarding!
Luckily, on our short film Bird Food we
Here's a snippet of the script for the opening scene:
A BUSINESS MAN with his sleeves rolled up and his BRIEFCASE in hand, walks along a path under trees whistling with the birds. He is a tall, skinny man in his early thirties with
As he walks along the path he notices, through some trees, a beautiful looking secluded area with a BENCH to sit upon. A veritable garden paradise. He looks around wondering why nobody else is around but he doesn't really care as he has found it all for himself.
EXT. PARK - BENCH - DAY
As he arrives at the
First Andy sent through a rough pass of the storyboards:
I then gave notes on these roughs:
Opening is great
So basically you just need to flip the panels up to S2_P2
After he stops in
The camera then zip pans to where you have it but see the ref image for S3_P2
Cut back to the shot with his head tilted
Cut back to the revised S3_P2 and the leaves should part
Again these need to
This is basically the same it just means we are now in the bench area of the park so in the background we need to see the bushes where he has come through. He looks around as you have it and heads towards the bench.
Again these need to
The hat and umbrella should be in the middle of the bench - see ref image for hat location.
Flip angle and match the hat and umbrella’s new position from S5.
Flip to match.
Andy then did a polish pass
So I took them all on board and went away..
I regained some composure and went back into the edit. I then chipped away at it, getting some new boards
This time though, it got the thumbs up from the other directors so I
Can you spot any differences?
Bird Food movie: