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If he ever stops making cool movies, I don’t think anyone is going to offer director Zack Snyder an illustration contract, as ol Zack seems to scribble more than he actually draws. But hey, there’s no denying that it works for the man, so why quibble? Snyder recently posted a couple of his Watchmen storyboards on the movie’s official site (below).
Storyboards play a vital part in my process long before I start sharing them with my team. I’ve always storyboarded my commercials and movies. It is a key part of my process for envisioning the entire film from beginning to end. In addition to using that drawing time to figure out blocking and action, it is also when I can begin to get a sense of whether the dialog and pacing are working. As you can see from these frames, my storyboards aren’t necessarily super-finished art pieces on their own. I often find that the frames that get the most detail are the ones where I’m stalling – thinking of the next shots. In contrast, if I already have a sequence sorted out in my head, the boards tend to be much sketchier. In the past, once I had completed my sketches, I would have a clean up pass done by an artist.