Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Week Jan 15th

Please start by reading this pdf article about Storyboard, Animatic and Leica reel.

After reading, please answer the questions in this linked file.

This week you will begin by creating a storyboard for your webisode, that will be followed by an animatic. I suggest you use Flash to create your animatic and Leica Reel, even if you are using 3D/Blender or Photoshop.

Start with a detailed storyboard that you can later scan and import scans into Flash.

Scan, separate scans into frames (in Photoshop if you like).

Make Animatic by:
Import into flash for timing/duration.

Add any pans, zooms or significant movement.

Make Leica by:
Add audio
Select specific scenes to develop detail, answer significant questions, solve problems.
Develop pencil tests or wireframe animations focusing on specific movements, points of impact, inciting incident, key conflict/resolutions, and finally resolution.
Put these small tests/animations into the overall Leica reel. The duration/timing and sound may need adjustments.

Collect audience (class) feedback.
Make revisions.
Collect Audience feedback.

Begin final animated scenes.


  1. 1) Both are a more in-depth and advanced storyboard technique, give a better view on the movie by showing camera movements and audio/speech, etc., both start as animatics (Leica evolves slowly over its course, away from an animatic style)

    2) Leica: built upon an audio track, either 2-D or 3-D, full motion
    Animatic: audio or speech is written as opposed to spoken, mainly 2-D (can be 3-D), individual scenes

    3) I have already begun to storyboard my animation in my sketchbook. Here I will show the main scenes throughout the story, capturing camera movements, key events, etc.. It will capture an overall perspective of the animation and give me a better idea of what I am trying to accomplish.

  2. 1. Storyboards, animatics, and leica reels all put animators' ideas onto paper. They form the basic outline of a story, using pictures comprised of key actions or camera angle changes in the animation.

    Animatics and leica reels put these pictures in a time sequence, allowing the animator to discover how long each scene or action should last. They also include camera moves.

    2. While animatics and leica reels include the timing of pictures and camera moves, storyboards do not. Leica reels are even more complex than animatics because they include audio tracks and include some test footage: pencil tests for 2D animation, wire frame tests for 3D animation, or motion tests for stop-motion animation.

    3. I plan to start draw my storyboard in my sketchbook. Each picture will be about 3 3/4" by 2 3/4". I am going to start each new scene with a precise, detailed picture of the background to get a feel of the area I can work with. Then, I plan to draw key actions and camera angle changes.

  3. Similarity between storyboard, animatic, and Leica is they are base of animation. They are like rough sketches before make animation.
    Storyboard is like key frame. Animatic is next step. It sued to describe the film, video, or computer based presentation of the still drawings that comprise a storyboard. Leica reel is like final step of the storyboard. Sound track is added and wire frame tests in 3D.
    I'm going to work my storyboard on sketchbook. I will show keyframe of the story.

  4. A story board includes all of the key points of the animation and forms the very basic outline of the story. On top of that, different camera angles, color schemes, transitions, and positions should be accounted for. For a storyboard to be an animatic, rough timing must be added to it; this includes timing of pictures and timing of camera movement. By adding audio and test footage (pencil test, motion test, wireframe test), the animatic becomes a leica reel.

    I plan to begin drawing my storyboard in my sketchbook. I will include each major scenes and transitions that proceed/precede it. I want to work on background detail as I feel like it will help capture the essence of my medieval atmosphere. I will also include key actions, camera angle changes, and color schemes.

  5. 1) A storyboard is a series of small pictures that represent a sequence or narrative element within the project being developed. An animatic is the computer-based presentation of the images produced during the storyboard process.
    2) A storyboard is used to work out the structure of the project and to get the ideas in your mind and put them down on paper; it is the creative step in the process. An animatic displays the sequence of drawings according to the timing instructions, and it displays the motion inside each of the images. In the Leica reel, sound and motion are added to the storyboard which creates a full-motion version of the completed project.
    3)For my storyboard I was planning on using my sketchbook. I was going to create 3x3 boxes and do simple drawings of the actions within each of my scenes. So, they won't be really detailed, but will still show what is needed.

  6. In essence, the storyboard, animatic, and leica all serve to help the animator plan out the animation. The storyboard is the most basic of the three with simple pictures in rectangles that represent a scene or theme in the animation. The next thing, or possibly step, is the animatic, which adds timing to the still images by showing a sequence of still images in a film. The final part of the planning process is the leica reel, which is created by adding sound and motion tests such as pencil tests or wireframe tests. Thus, storyboards, animatics and Leica reels are essentially the same in that they help plan an animation, but they incorporate different levels of detail.
    After reading this article, I think I need to spend a fair amount of time with my storyboard. This process will help me find problems in the plot and decide which scenes to focus on rather than waste time and effort on small unimportant parts of the animation. After spending time on the storyboard, the animatic should be fairly brief since I will have a general understanding of the timing of my animation. I expect to take a lot of time with the Leica Reel since I have a lot of dialogue in my script. Therefore, I will probably have to start early or put extra time into the Leica Reel in order to produce a complete animation.

    1. I will most likely use my sketchbook for my storyboard. For the next steps, I am not sure exactly sure as to what I will use.

  7. Story board is to show "key moments" that happen in your film.
    Animatic is the movement of the character/camera with audio (not smooth[a general idea])
    Leica reel is the combination of audio and animatic, showing main frames in animation with more detail.
    Story board and animatic would use most of the same shots.
    all show key frames
    Leica reel/animatic has audio while story board doesnt have any.
    Leica reel has more detail then both animatic and story board.

    1. i might change to 3d, but in my story board i want to show the Key events that happen in my story. 1 frame will be about a sixth of a page