Another animatic to present:

The PONG was my idea. Cuz I’m old.

This was from the TV series called STOKED. It was a Flash Animation series produced by Elliot Animation in Toronto.

One of the big challenges that I find with Flash shows are finding ways to try and not make them repetitive looking and visually dull. The biggest challenge on Stoked was the studio mandate that the board artists were to use the backgrounds provided and we were not to create new angles. Ok, not a big problem, but a challenge to try and not allow things to start looking like it’s the same angles over and over and over.

You may notice that the backgrounds, more or less, were all actual designs supplied to me rather than me hand drawing them. Sometimes I did, but mostly I just used the design files provided.

One thing I liked to do was move the camera a lot and keep the camera movement as snappy as I could. In the animatics, I don’t typically time shots very specifically, but I do time the camera movements to the speed I want them at (Whether anyone down the line followed what I indicated is another matter).

I did the storyboard for the entire episode 26. If you watch the actual finished episode (Search YouTube) and compare it to the animatic, you’ll see changes have been made between this animatic (unrevised pur Steve) and the final show.


Stoked is © Elliott Animation, Fresh TV or both.

Handy Manny

In the summer of 2010, I storyboarded a couple Handy Manny stories for Nelvana Ltd.

Up to that point, I’d only done a couple of storyboards using digital tools and was still trying to figure out a comfortable work flow. More importantly, I was still trying to find a way for my drawing to look like my drawings: my line look like my line: my style, etc. I’m still working on that.

I came to the conclusion that I have two styles: my style (pencil and paper or ink on paper) and my DIGITAL style (drawing digitally). There is a difference if one takes a good look. For me, I prefer the look of my style on paper, but the co-ordinator on Handy Manny said she could tell it was my storyboard right away based on the art, so maybe I’m closer to my goal than I think. Hmmm...

The story for this one: Manny and the Tools co. go camping. I only did the second half of this episode. I have no idea who did the first part.

There is no sound because that part takes place after I’m on to the next storyboard and I don’t get access to the sound files.

I will be posting more animatics and storyboard materials in the near future. Print storyboards I will post as it seems appropriate, but animatics will have to wait until the actual episode airs. I figure its only proper. That means that all animatics will likely be at least a year old by the time they show up here.

However, while you are waiting...

The new page (pg 44) has been posted over at HIMcomic. Click on the pose down preview of this week’s action to get more comics! FLEX!!
Handy Manny is copyright whomever owns it. I claim no ownership.