Each Project is unique in terms of its vision, needs and budget. Though the process below is my general workflow, I can customize the process to ensure the goals and vision of your project are met with full satisfaction.
SCRIPT BREAKDOWN: Upon the delivery of the script or brief of the project, it is read and reviewed for key moments for the project (such as story moments), while making quick visual notes as an initial first pass to immediately visualize the project before discussion and moving to the next stages.
SCENE BLOCKING: The use of practical or digital tools to further visualize a scene, including the overhead view of a location, as well as the choreographed movement of the actors, props, and camera. This helps directors and other crew determine whether to move forward with the next stages or quickly revise to other options before proceeding to the next steps.
VISUAL DEVELOPMENT: Depending on the needs of the project, visual development can be produced to give your project a unique, custom style and visual direction. This process includes character, environment, and prop design. This can also include illustrations that show key story moments.
THUMBNAILS / ROUGH PASS: Once a general idea has been established for how a scene will play out, a set of small drawings are done to roughly visualize the look and flow of the sequence as if it were seen from the camera. This is the precursor to the refined set of storyboards. Any necessary revisions can be easily done in this stage because of the fast and loose nature of these small sketches. Each page usually contains anywhere from 12-20 small sketched frames per page. It is not uncommon to go from Script Breakdown directly to the Thumbnails stage, and this is dependent on the time and budget of the project.
STORYBOARDS: The blueprint of the scene before moving into production. These are cleaned up from the Thumbnail stage in various ways, from loose line drawings to refined black and white toned drawings. The level of drawing refinement during this stage will depend on budget and deadline. Directors and other crew use storyboards to for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to, the planning of shots, visualizing the action, to see what works and what doesn't work in the scene, and to use as reference during production. Storyboards are delivered in single-frame and/or multiple-frame pages, depending on client preference.
ANIMATIC: If requested, once all storyboards are approved by the director or other decision-maker, the storyboard panels will be edited and timed into a video playback sequence to see how the actual scene will play out in real-time. Placeholder sound and music can also accompany the animatic. This is usually produced for animated projects, VFX-heavy sequences, or client pitches.
**Communication is very important during any stage of the process, so it is assured that all stages are thoroughly discussed and approved by the director or other decision makers before moving further along. If you have any further questions about my process and would like to discuss how I can help visualize your vision, please contact me at email@example.com