Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Michael Sporn and John Canemaker Storyboard Reference

Michael Sporn and John Canemaker have been sharing a lot of great storyboards from classic animated films (and some more modern). If you want to see how powerful cartoon stories are told, check out all these wonderful posts!

Note that the drawings don't always have to be tight or even too on model. The important thing a storyboard artist should concentrate on is creating and telling the story. Continuity, staging, pacing and entertainment. There are other departments to refine visually what the story artists write.

Most old cartoons were timed to musical tempos. Cartoons were meant to appeal to the senses. They aim to look good, sound good and move pleasantly.

Disney had a luxurious production system. His storymen would draw rough boards first just to get the ideas and rough continuity down, then they would draw tighter boards with rendering and even color - sometimes just to impress Walt and help sell their ideas.
Then they would time them and shoot them on test reels to see if the continuity was working. They left it open at every stage to lots of changes and revisions according to how well the stories worked visually and rhythmically.

They sculpted their stories with groups of people, constantly tweaking and changing and revising. Of course all this was very expensive at Disney's since it was always open to changes. The other studios streamlined the process.

Even the folks who rebelled against Disney stylistically still used the basic logical cartoon production system.

For lots more details on great story art from your favorite cartoons, click the link at the top and go through many pages of classic storyboards.


David Gale said...

Wow, these are gorgeous!

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Holy crap, those PINOCCHIO boards are works of art unto themselves! The whale looks immense, strong, powerful and mean as hell!

I also got a big kick out of seeing a humanoid character like Snow White drawn like Olive Oyl! Now I don't feel so bad drawing Twinklebelly ( my fairy character ) with a more cartoony quick fashion in the storyboard stage.

( I would've added a link here, but this computer's acting funky... I'm at work and the puter's older than you )

Going to read the articles right now!

- trevor.

hayden the wise said...

huzzah for nathaniel

Vincent Waller said...

Wow,thanks for the eye candy.

Eshniner Forest said...

This art work is amazing. I like the ones at the top the most. DanG!

scartoonist said...

Pardon my going off topic. If you haven't seen it, I would be fascinated to hear your take on the site "www.makingfiends.com." (That's FIENDS, not FRIENDS, if your eyes are like mine.) The slight is full of Flash episodes of her cartoon, and she has landed a deal with Nick for a show. Best, Scartoonist (My take at http://floatinglightbulb.blogspot.com/) P.S. Thanks for visiting our site. My wife is the original R&S fan, and she suspects you of helping her master pig feet, which she greatly appreciated. So she was tickled.

Drobile said...

I just realized it was you at Reelfx today and am saddened I didn't get to tell you how much you are my hero.

Well, you're my hero.
Keep on rockin'!

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Okay, my linking abilities work again.

Here's a storyboard I'm working on, and after seeing the storyboard for Snow White, I realize I'm putting too much effort in drawing the humanoid character, a fairy named Twinklebelly, when I draw the storyboards for the cartoon we're doing.

Once again, John, you're an immense help and inspiration.

- trevor.

kate yarberry said...

Super fancy.

Dave said...

geez, these are fantastic!

Jack Ruttan said...

So, storyboards always have to be bold enough to play to the back of the room?