5 May 2010

Storyboard for the Slime Mold Life Cycle





 


Storyboard Artist: J.J. Jolanta Jasiulionyte


Storyboard's contribution to the development of the project can't be emphasized enough. From many reasons it is worth taking some time and allowing the luxury not to be rushing. (It was developed roughly in 4-5 days, what is a relevantly long time in 5 weeks long project) Such reasons would be that it is a tool to solve problems of staging, how all the elements will interact with each other, ruff idea of how the camera is going to move and so on. Only after storyboarding is finished, there's confidence to go and start constructing the animation, since it's like you've already rehearsed it.
The storyboard for the Life Cycle of a Slime Mold starts with amoebas gathering into a migrating colony. After what, a more difficult stage of the slime mold forming fruiting body and spores is explained in more detail panel by panel. When spores are formed, fruiting body starts drying out and releases spores to fall down. Spores gently reach the ground and new amoebas come out of the shells. Story is finished with a reveal shot that emphasizes  the scale and the extension of the beautiful process.

To bring clarity in production as well as to clearly communicate the direction in which animation is going to be produced all the panels are done in color with the desired lighting, staging and texturing. The aim is to keep the original look that's seen in the storyboard. 

Go and see finsihed Life Cycle of Slime Mold

10 comments:

  1. This is really lovely stuff, you have a real nice style. Keep developing it. I especially like the last set of images here, for some reason, the creature in the middle row of images reminded me of a Panda. :D

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  2. Cheers!
    Yeah, a visitor from Nexus today said he sees a mouce :D Talk about psychological tests :D

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  3. This is amazing JJ. EVERYTHING IS SOO CLEAR AND SOO GRAPHIC!. the slime is extra shiney and i love the whole blue atmosphere! it gives this feeling that am in space or on a spaceship with a slime monster! :) looks great J well done ^,^

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  4. cheers Godwin :D So so far we have a panda, a mouce a turtle .. a monster in space :D How abstract our project really is :D

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  5. It's almost definately a Panda... Panda's are cool.

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  6. pandas are cool, i see a skull :P :S nice stuff

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  7. A skull :D cool. No wonder now there was that "happy accident", I saw a creature then :D

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  8. Exhibit A ; http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/funny-pictures-panda-will-let-you-take-the-bamboo.jpg?w=499&h=621

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  9. O... kay :D I got it. Now I also see a panda :D :D

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