Board yet?


Hello out there in stopmotion blog-land. Yes, there has been another big gap in time since my last post. My wife Cindy and I recently moved which is always a big time drain, so I haven't really made any solid steps forward on the film for a few weeks. The other bummer about the move is that I no longer have a garage to use as a studio space. Angry Puppet Films is now based in a 6' x 8' garden shed in my backyard! Just enough space to hold my tools and a workbench- so I will be counting on the universe to provide me with a shooting space once I am ready to go again. In the meantime I am trying to get some things finished that can no longer be put off. One of them is storyboards. There is stil a significant chunk of the film to board, and it is the hardest thing for me to do since I am not the best wth a pencil. I really admire the abiilty of a good storyboard artist to communicate the key information about a shot without spending too much time on each panel. I am trying to losen up and just get through these scenes, without worrying about the quality of the actual drawings or whether the angles are true perspective. Check back soon for a Brawl Magnet update!

Now, for the person that is actually hoping to do work for me but there style doesn't fit my house look, then we'll have a deeper discussion. I like to talk about the key beats of my work: Epic Heroes, Terrifying Monsters, Immersive Environments, Artistic Lanscapes. Requirements of the images: Dynamic action, Strong characters, Descriptive narrative, Faithful to the brand and setting. Then we'll talk about ways they can chart a course to move their artwork into the direction of working in D&D. That's how I try to handle a portfolio review when things don't align. At this point, you need to look back at that review and try to figure out what you need to take from it. Portfolio reviews are just opinions. Take from them what you need to learn from, and then put the rest of it on the back shelf. Some day it my be of use, and you'll be able to snag it. Don't let a portfolio review define you though, it is just one persons opinion. Very early on in my career I had a professional look at my book and tell me that I would never be successful in the creative field. I guess I proved them wrong...