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Thor Storyboard Pt. 1 by samliu Thor Storyboard Pt. 1 by samliu
Sometimes I get asked what my storyboards look like so I thought I would post some. Since I draw slow I work small so I don't get caught up in doing a lot of detail (which I tend to do with a bigger piece of paper) and focus on composition.

These are from the Hulk VS Thor DTV when I worked for Marvel Lions Gate.

*Note: These aren't the final storyboard just the drawings. A professional animation storyboard would be on a template with scene numbering, notations, dialog, and scene descriptions.
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ifesinachi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
sick awesome! happy to finally see the storyboard artist
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silvaberry Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
wow. I've always have loved looking at the storyboards of pretty much anything with a story! but this epic.
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JazylH Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
So many great pointers for animators in this one. Truley Amazing!
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radsechrist Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wow, your boards are rediculous!!!
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samliu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
When are you going to put up your boards? I love your style!
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khali-rei Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
So you do these on paper? and you make each square by yourself? I don't suppose that templates would work with the way that you do camera motions. And yeah this doesn't look like a template, but figured I'd ask anyways.
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jusdog Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Dude, 29 and 33 are freaking dope!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011   Filmographer
sweetness...............
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TedKimArt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great stuff Sam!
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britterooski15 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student Filmographer
This is amazing! It's good to see what storyboards look like; I mean I have seen them but not a full one.
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samliu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Cool I'm glad you enjoyed them!
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Chemsem Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Looking at shots 63 and 71, how do you know how much "image" to add, when you know that you will be panning the camera from one are to another? Is there a formula, or specific instructions you must follow? Are you doing this on separate sheets of paper and later putting them together into one image/sheet/file? Are the bigwigs ok with you working this small? I like the idea behind working at this scale.
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samliu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Mainly the pan length is what feels natural with the action. Like in panel 63 Hulk is lifting Thor from the ground to up in the air. Animation is, in these cases, trying to simulate live action so it's like the box is the camera and it just needs to go as far as the natural action takes place. Basically draw out the action of the full body then place the boxes. Artistically it should be good composition to good composition with something interesting to look at during the pan.

It depends on the studio but most bigwigs have been okay with my small drawings as long as they are clear and they can read them.
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Chemsem Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Thank you for the help. I know it may seem obvious to some (it does now for me lol) but its nice to see a description of that particular technique and how it is used in the industry.

Do you just work on a sheet of paper and then compile every shot together? Is there a standard number of shots per sheet of paper etc.? I imagine that every studio has their mind set on certain things, so I guess you get a pamphlet each time you enter the door with a new set of parameters. lol Thank you for taking the time to help the lil guy out on this. And finally I could put a face to your name...saw a recent interview on comicscontinuum with you discussing Batman Year One...can't wait for that one. You guys really need to work on an adaptation of Arkham City or Asylum with Rocksteady.
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alexandergras Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Very inspirational. Thank you! Please don't delete them.
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samliu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Haha, I'll keep them up here!
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chriscopeland Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Effing AWESOME DUDE! Sitting here doing my roughs, and this is a nice source of energy!
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samliu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Haha thanks Chris! I hear you're doing some great stuff over there for Berks. Keep the fire burning!
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chriscopeland Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey no prob dude, thanks man, yeah, its awesome working with Chris, and really getting to try so many new things with this project. My hope is to foster the fire for an entire career, lol.
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