Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reflecting on my experience

Looking back on all of the work I have done for this Self Directed project since January, I am astonished!

I am so proud of all of my time and work. I have put endless amounts of hours into this entire project (an estimated 150 hours) - far more than I could have ever anticipated. Although I have not been able to reach some of my milestones, I realize the work and experience have more than made up for those milestones.

I've learned that I am dedicated and can complete large (dare I say daunting) tasks on my own. I also learned the value of feedback and that although I do need a lot of work to be a professional creative director, I can do it if I put my mind to it!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


After finishing my storyboards I was fortunate enough (and extremely grateful) to get the feedback of two storyboard professionals. Local animation director and storyboard artist extraordinaire Ron Doucet looked over my work and provided expert feedback for both the script and the boards. The feedback was thorough, thoughtful and just what I needed to hear!
Also Sequential Art instructor here at the NSCC, Crystal Marshall provided feedback on the boards and script as well, again very useful and a great perspective!

Both professionals suggested some changes in the story, particularly at the end. So my partners and I plan to get together to rework the script so that I may complete the boards to their fullest potential, at a later time. As such I will not be able to complete an animatic of my boards for this Self Directed class as expected. Although disappointed I cannot meet my deadlines, I want everything to be perfect before an animatic is completed. Perfection is important to me.

Despite the fact I will not complete the animatic, I couldn't be happier with the work I did this semester. The project storyboards alone would have taken me 120+ hours from conception to completion, not including the research, storyboard tests and character designs.

This class has been busy, crazy and somewhat harmful to my health and sanity, but I wouldn't change a thing!

Monday, March 26, 2012


Its a fight between whether I'm more mentally exhausted or proud- but either way, I finished my storyboards!!
I decided I wanted to get the boards done before the 30th of the month (in order to have ample time for revisions), so I put the petal to the metal and tore though the boards, finishing long before I ever expected. Good lord, I'm pooped... Almost 100% of my spare time for the last week and a half went into these... but I'm done!

Now to sleep.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oh boy

Progress for the cleaning of the storyboards is going great.
I forgot that I didn't schedule work for myself during the March break... so let's just say I'm a bit further ahead than I expected. Haha...

Even with my March break work, I did some math and realized in order to finish my project on time, I will need to clean 6 storyboard pages a day for the rest of the month. One page takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes to complete, so on average I will need to put in 4 hours a day to finish.

Oh boy.

Wish me luck.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Revised boards

Here is an updated photo of the storyboards with all of the revisions made!

The boards have all been scanned and are ready for clean up, which will happen during the break!

Also I was talking it over with my cohorts and we agreed that two more character designs would be okay to post (and wouldn't give too much of our story away).

So here we have two minor characters for our pilot (if we continue with the series we hope for the characters to become more important).

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pilot Project Storyboards

Here we have my rough storyboards!

This photo was taken before all of the storyboards were put on my wall- now my wall is COVERED in them!

This week I am doing some revisions to the storyboards (as seen below) and on Friday I expect to begin the clean up process!

I am very proud and happy to say I am 100% on schedule for this project! I expect that I will be able to stay on schedule and have my clean storyboards finished in 3 weeks! I'm very excited to get the storyboards completed so that my friends and I may begin the animation process for the Pilot Project... but that is still several weeks away!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Character Designs

As mentioned before the animation project, for which I am creating these storyboards, is for Teletoon's "Pilot Project" (click HERE for details). Due to the competitive nature of the Pilot Project my cohorts and I have discussed not revealing too much of our pilot idea online. As such I will not be posting all 3 of my character sheets- but I will post this one!

This is our character Gary Johnson.
Once the pilot project is complete I would be happy to share our behind-the-scenes/preproduction work!