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Angels Baseball – Storyboards

 

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Here’s a quick one today- sometimes I get contacted at the last minute to quickly sketch up a concept for a pitch, and it’s just a handful of frames to run by a client, and see what might stick.  That was the case for this project- and I don’t know enough of the context or concept to really even say what’s going on here- I guess its about transitioning from being a baseball fan when you are young, to carrying that tradition into adulthood, while still retaining that childlike sense of wonder for our national pastime.  How’s that sound?

Joking aside, theres a lot of difficulty sometimes in my job when the director briefly describes the shot but provides no context, like “A kid is facing camera at homeplate, about to swing at a pitch, when suddenly the screen splits with a bolt of energy and he becomes a professional athlete”.  That’s nice, but how old is the kid?  Is he in a uniform? Is it just him or are there many kids on his team?  Are they at a stadium or neighborhood field?  What’s the time of day?  Right of left handed batter?  Is there a PRODUCT or BRAND that I should be featuring?  I don’t have the answers to these questions, all I have is the shot description, which is pretty darn vague!  No background knowledge to fill in the gaps- I don’t even know if this is a humorous spot, or inspirational, I just have to run with it.  Amazingly, according to the director, I always seem to nail it.  So I have my immense work experience to thank for that, I guess.  At the end of the day, I can always make an appealing drawing, and sometimes that’s enough.  And I do like how these drawings turned out, even though I can’t explain them fully.  Enjoy!

 

Looking back, I really like how I handled the ambiguity of detail in these shots- there’s just enough information to describe what’s happening, but really nothing is specified at all – minus the Angels team logo.  There’s plenty of room for the client to bring their limited imagination to help embellish the concept- I guess that’s why the director finds my work so useful!

And I have no clue if these where ever used in a production!  Many times I just miss the final outcome entirely, if there even is one.  That’s life in the major leagues, folks.

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