The final assignment was a continuation of our earlier assignment. We were asked to select a scene from our previous stories and create 25+ beat boards.
My story, Sharkskin, was pitched as a full-length animated feature (Previous blog post here).Sharkskin tells the story of an over-fished ocean, an angry, sea-god, and two fishermen who wish to make amends on behalf of the humans. The fishermen are transformed into sharks so that they can experience life in the ocean first-hand. During their time spent as sea creatures, they learn that the ocean is a big community--these animals socialize with one another and have families, just has humans do.
The turning point of the story happens when the pair encounter a mother whale, tangled inside a fishing net. I decided to create beat boards for this scene because it would be very action-packed. Here is the process behind the project:
ORIGINAL BEAT BOARD:
THUMBNAIL BOARD SEQUENCES:
|Originally the sequence started with the sharks swimming by the reef. It was taken out because it was unnecessary.|
|These early thumbnails stay true to the final.|
|Working out the initial tearing of the net.|
|Originally, the sequence ended here. My professor recommended the whale swimming free.|
|A revision of the hammerhead net-tearing segment.|
|Simple thumbnails showing the mother whale swooping out.|
|Revision of the opening sequence. The sharks talk, see the whale, and the whale struggles.|
|Left side continues the whale struggling. The right side is a revision of the whale swimming free.|
|Revision of the goblin shark biting the net apart.|
|The sharks spot the mother whale.|
|Zoom on the mother whale. She struggles in the net as her baby watches in despair.|
|The mother continues to struggle and the baby loses hope.|
|The whales eye the sharks wearily as they launch in to the rescue.|
|The baby tries to ward off the sharks, afraid of them attacking. The sharks offer to help.|
|The goblin shark swims underneath the whale.|
|The goblin shark bites.|
|The goblin shark pulls away, ripping the net. The whale looks above at the other shark.|
|Full shot of the progress. Shot changes to the hammerhead pulling with the baby watching closely.|
|The hammerhead pulls hard, but the net snaps him back down, startling the baby. He tries again.|
|The hammerhead pulls so hard he tears the rope and is flung off into the water. The baby whale swims down excitedly.|
|The mother whale wriggles loose of the net.|
|As the sharks and baby whale gather together, the mother whale swoops off in joy.|
|The baby joyfully follows his mother. The sharks stay and watch the happy scene.|
|Mother and child are reunited. The sharks are proud of their good deed.|
It's incredible to see how much progress I have made in this class. In the beginning, it was a struggle to produce only THREE storyboards. From there it doubled into six. And this last project contained over FORTY! I am amazed that I was able to handle this huge workload in only a week.
The only downside to the short time span was how rough my boards look. I would have liked to add line weight and even color to them. Perhaps this is a project I can return to in the future. I really enjoyed this class. And here ends another awesome quarter at SCAD!
Excuse me while I enjoy my spring break.