Whether it's rough napkin thumbnails, or fully fleshed out digital frames, I always prepare first with thorough research, then follow with visualization. While I've produced boards for almost every project that I've animated, I've also been contracted to produce boards for projects that other team members have gone on to produce.
Digital boards and styleframes for 2D animated explainer video (animated by a partner studio). Tools: Illustrator.
NOTES Read more about this project at Case Studies | Swipe.
Boards (unsequenced) for a 3D animated video (animated by a partner studio). Tools: graphite.
Digital boards sample series (full project consisting of 4 stories + 4 transitions). Tools: Illustrator, Photoshop, Cinema 4D.
Read more about this project at Columbus Zoo Wildlights.
Additional boards & styleframe samples for random, distant projects. Tools: ink, marker, graphite.
NOTES Last image = xbox ad concept: watch video here.
Frames for an animated speaker/event opener. Tools: Photoshop, After Effects.
NOTES View the project in motion here.
Illustrated thumbs for an animated video. Tools: ink, graphite, colored pencil.
View the final video under the project Park Bench + Odin.