|Screenshot of the You Tube screen. For the video, see link below.|
Storyboard True Believer
I am now a true believer in making full use of the storyboard stage of production. To fail to do this is simply foolish, as so many important questions can be resolved at this stage, avoiding mistakes and wasted work at the animation stage.
There are excellent tutorials by Mark Simon and others showing how Toon Boom Storyboard Pro (SBP) works when the artist does all his or her drawing within the application, but less has been said about the artist like me who prefers scanning drawings done on paper. Here is some information from that viewpoint.
Here is a link to the sequence I have been working on; if you are following this blog, you may recognize characters discussed in some of my recent posts.
As discussed in my blog post No. 87, I like to draw on half-sheets of used animation paper. (See the post here for a review of that.) I put them up on my pinup wall and study them for continuity of action, clarity and strong characterization before committing them to the scanner and SBP.
In the case of the sequence just scanned, I was able to add voices for three of the characters: the busybody woman whom I call Miss Hopegood, the Old Man, and the little girl crying. The third of those was found in a sound effects library, while the first two are original recordings made with my Zoom H1 digital mini recorder, an amazing and economical device the size of a small TV remote.
|The ZOOM H1 Recorder, with an American 25-cent piece for scale.|
I processed the resulting WAV files in Adobe Sound Booth, deleting unwanted portions and modifying the sound quality as desired. As I am not a trained sound engineer, some of the technical settings for the sound files are a bit beyond my understanding, so I generally settled for the default settings. But those turned out to be good enough, especially as this is actually a "scratch" track, or a sound track which may be later replaced with a more sophisticated version.
Additionally, I was able to find recordings of airport terminal background noise, which adds greatly to the ambience of the whole sequence.
Still to be added are such specific sound effects as walking and the beeping of an electric trolley.