The Art of Movie Storyboards: Visualising the Action of the World's Greatest Films Hardcover – 7 Oct 2013
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Part of the excellent FilmCraft series, this is a celebration of storyboards as both the building blocks of movies and an art form in their own right. Given that digital pre-viz is slowly eroding the art, this gorgeous volume couldn't be more timely. --Empire
Halligan writes in the preface, Although storyboards are, by their very nature, quick and
disposable, they are very much an art form, one which goes much deeper than the strip: they
work at a very profound level of the filmmaking process. She does a fantastic job of collecting
them for posterity in this volume. The Art of Movie Storyboards would be a fine addition to any
filmmaker s library. --The Writer's Journey
The Art of Movie Storyboards is both a hardback feast for the eyes and insightful celebration of the unsung heroes of film... the first to give vision to a screenplay, translating words on the page
into shots for the screen. --Birds Eye View
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the book is broken down into interviews with artists and some lovely presentation of some of their favoured work. the author has a very good understanding of the entire filmmaking process (not just pre-viz) and so manages to connect with the artists she interviews in very real and meaningful ways. anyone who gets frustrated with ill-informed movie journalism will know they are in good hands.
obviously the boards are all immaculately reproduced. a big cross-section of genres are also represented: fantasy, drama, historical, horror, animation.
the author talks with some highly credentialed artists. this is insight into how the A team plays in far greater depth than any DVD commentary.
also, the research and curation that's gone into the book is incredible! boards all the way back to golden age hollywood through to films still in production! seeing some of these older boards is a real privilege... the style is mostly heavy and painterly (unlike modern kinetic boards which are all about montage and quick storytelling).
the older boards carry the detail and texture of concept art. so interesting to see the contrast (the storyboards in the book are presented chronologically so the style evolves as you flip through the pages).
the only thing missing might be screen cap comparisons, but i'm sure their inclusion would be a rights issue too complex to resolve.
but then again, the book is more about the relationship between the artist, the material and the director... the pure visualisation of a film before all the vagaries of actual production come in and sully the vision. the absence of screen caps maintains this purity.
hugely recommended for cinephiles, artists, video game designers and film industry professionals.
Movies represented here include Gone With The Wind, Psycho, The Birds, Rebel Without A Cause, West Side Story, Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and many more. Some are instantly recognizable, while others require a bit more imagination. These are, however, all original storyboards, some illustrated by legends of the craft, others anonymous works that contributed to the greatest movies ever made.
Halligan writes in the preface, “Although storyboards are, by their very nature, quick and disposable, they are very much an art form, one which goes much deeper than the strip: they work at a very profound level of the filmmaking process.” She does a fantastic job of collecting them for posterity in this volume. The Art of Movie Storyboards would be a fine addition to any filmmaker’s library.