3W21 – Essay / statement

25 05 2008

This week was completely devoted to write my essay / artist statement. Even though I was working until late at work, because of the Champions League Final, plus the Olympics 2008 I found my self spending several hours on the essay.

It is strange some times how an actual piece of work can make you so concentrate that you loose track of time. I have almost finish the first part (artist statement) and I need to start working on the explanatory comment and critical evaluation of my own work in the context of current creative practice and reflection.

Storyboard Artist – From Wikipedia

Storyboard artist (sometimes referred as story artist) is a profession specialized in creating storyboards for advertising agencies and film productions.

A storyboard artist is able to visualize any stories using quick sketches on paper at any moment. Quick pencil drawings and marker renderings are two of the most common traditional techniques, although nowadays Flash, Photoshop, and other storyboard applications are gradually taking over. The digital camera is one of the latest techniques in creating storyboards.

A storyboard artist is also known as an illustrator or visualizer. They are mostly freelance artists, typically hired by art directors and film directors. Deadlines are always tight, and overnight working is very common.

The most frequently used storyboard applications are Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. Some storyboard artists nowadays begin and finish their work on computers using drawing software and digital pencils like Wacom (Graphics tablet), thus saving time, which is a major priority for a storyboard artist.

For motion pictures, some filmmakers prefer that artists use computer programs designed to create frame-accurate storyboards such as FrameForge 3D Studio. Programs such as Poser and DAZ Studio can also be used to create very accurate storyboards.

Storyboard artists have different goals and methods:

  1. In advertising, the storyboard artist must not only create an accurate representation of what the TV commercial will look like but also create fine art that will appeal to the client who must buy the concept.
  2. Normally, when a storyboard artists is hired by a motion picture company, the storyboard artist must break the scene down into shots which can be filmed. Therefore, the storyboard artist must know all of the technology of filmmaking as well as being a good artist.
  3. Sometimes, a motion picture production company will hire a storyboard artist to create beautiful and exciting works of art that can be used by the executive producer to raise millions of dollars. In this case, the storyboard artist must be a fine artist or commercial illustrator. Filmmaking background is not important.
  4. And some storyboard artists must be able to create fully frame-accurate storyboards for very precise planning of the filming a motion picture. In this case, 2D images are not good enough. The storyboard artist must be able to work with 3D animation software or specially designed 3D previsualization programs which simulate a motion picture camera on a 3D model of the movie set. In this case, the storyboard artist might not draw anything but rather use the 3D program to do all of the drawing.

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