Thursday, 29 January 2015

From Script to Screen - Like for like Story Board #2

Fig. 1 Alien (1979) Movie Poster

As my first story board was showing a conversation, it was more like an illustration of the scene, that you would find in a book, rather than a story board. In some cases, this new one is similar as it is still very detailed and accurate. However, for my own reasons I wanted to spend a lot of time on something, and then be proud of it, instead of doing something quickly and not really liking it. I am very happy with this, as it has taken me a very long time to complete. I tried to add more arrows and lines of movement, that demonstrate the scene and I think I've done that reasonably well. The scene is incredibly famous and uses a lot of close up shots of characters' faces. Interestingly, there is only ever one camera position/type of shot that is used when showing Kane on the table and when he is main center of attention, where as there are different camera angles when showing the crew try to help him. So, overall, I am very happy with this. I have tried to use as a source of motivation for this project.

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Fig. 1 Alien (1979) Movie Poster - (Accessed 29/01/2015)


  1. This is a substantial improvement from your last storyboard, well done Dan.

  2. Hi Dan,
    You have chosen a much more action-packed scene to storyboard this time, so that is good.

    However, I can't help feeling that the whole point of the exercise has been somewhat lost on you - the idea was to watch a short clip, pausing it every so often, and then trying to capture the action and dynamism of what you have watched with your own drawing... Would I be way off the mark to suggest that it looks as though you have traced over some film stills here (and in the 'Shaun of the Dead' one)? Take the 'small alien bursting out' scene... it is identical in every sense to this image -

    ...right down to the bent middle finger on Kane's left hand. That is definitely not a detail that would just have been picked up from watching the film!

    I know you have spent a lot of time on this Dan, but ultimately it is time that would have been better spent doing your own interpretation of the action, in a much quicker and sketchier fashion. Have a look at these examples of your classmates storyboards, to see what was expected...

  3. Hi Jackie.

    I did not trace each image, as I paused the film and would draw each image very detailed, and accurately. When I do these detailed drawings of people, I use a ruler to measure out certain features and am then able to draw the rest. I wanted to spend a lot of time on it because, in all honesty, I have not been proud of my work to this point, and that has made people believe that I suck, basically. I used this task to demonstrate my ability. I understand that it's probably not the "normal" story board style, but this is what I wanted to do. I don't want my work to be the same as other people.

  4. Hey Dan - a bit defensive on here - there's no need; I reckon the point Jackie's making is about efficiency and project management - i.e. the point of the like-for-like is not so much to create something that is an end in itself, but rather to put yourself through a process that teaches you something about film construction. You could have worked quicker and learned just as much - and on this project, knowing how to work smart is key to achieving your goals. Remember too what I've said before about the slightly negative tone around your own work - and defensiveness around constructive criticism is never cool :(