Last weekend, Rafael Rosado came to SCAD for the Comic Arts Forum. He gave a workshop and shared his process with students. Today, Jordan Murphy gave a presentation based on the information he shared at his workshop.
General Process for TV Storyboards:
An episode script is divided into three acts (though not always) and each storyboarder receives one act.
Along with the script, the boarder receives a model and layout packet. A general packet is given out at the beginning of a season, but more specific model sheets are handed out for episodes.
Next, over a two week period, the boarder works on the rough drafts of all the storyboards. Once finished, the roughs are sent to the director.
Once the director sends back his notes, the boarder can work on the clean-up. Along with the director’s notes, the boarder receives a soundclip will all the actor’s lines. This is so the boarder can match the facial expressions to the voice.
When doing television boards, keep in mind:
- Logical issues- Is it shown how they get from point A to B? Though it may not be shown or might be cut, make sure that information is available.
- Characters On-Model- TV boards go straight overseas to be animated over-top of. Storyboards must be clean, clear, and on-model for the process to run smoothly.
- Storyboard as much as possible: You only have two weeks to get out as much information as possible. Give the director enough so even if things are cut, the episode still works (so far as your part of the job goes).
Oppurtunities to look into:
Dora the Explorer has a high turn-over rate so they’re always looking for storyboarders. If you’re looking for a job, consider looking into them.