Storyboards for Intel



Often I work with some of the biggest tech companies through a studio that they are already partnered with. One such studio is the amazing motion graphics and user interface team at Angry Little Dog in San Francisco. I’ve provide storyboard service for many of Intel’s intra-departmental demos. Like many large companies with aggressive R&D budgets, Intel has multiple independent teams all competing against each other to develop the next big thing. So they make demos and animatics to pitch their projects thought the company structure. That means I can’t really show just how good this animatic came out, but I can show some non-specific stills to give you a feeling of the style.

With this one we went with a Mad Men, Catch Me if You Can, 60’s pop art style using silhouettes, simplified line drawing of buildings and furniture, and  broad geometric swatches to provide atmosphere and spacial reference.

First I build all the scenes in Illustrator using only grayscale. This provides the most flexibility as the art is is completely vector and all the shapes can be animated with ease.

Sample of Vector Illustration for Use in Animatics

Vector art is ideal this style as the shapes are resolution independents and can be combined, manipluated and moved around easily.

Then Angry Little Dog works there magic and brings them to life with textures, colors and animation.

Finished scene from animatic

In this scene her arm moves and works the cell phone while paper magically appears out of the printer. I provide the shapes and the settings and the animatics department and director pick and choose which shapes to emphasize or ignore

Intel Stroryboard Screen Shot

I concentrate on setting the scene to best convey the shooting script's outline.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

The animator then chooses what to use for the greatest impact and adds additional elements pulled from the other boards in the series.

Intel Stroryboard Screen Shot

The characters are created from a collection of hand draw shapes that can be combined or moved independently.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

I like the choices the animator made on this one. Just switching to a blue gradient evokes an after work, evening scene.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

Nice outdoor cafe scene.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

Nice choice to reverse out the table and chair as it isolates at the active agent ( the woman) and keeps the attention on her.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

Create furniture by stacking solid shapes and using the pen tool to create simple straight lines.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

Some simple gradients and radar lines take a static scene and give it action and purpose.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

The house and the tree sit below a car interior layer.

Intel Storyboard Screen Shot

When animated the scenery outside the car can move independently. Always give your animator plenty of options when storyboarding for animatics.

Want to hire a storyboard artist who understands how to prepare files for animatics? Then call me (Clay Butler) at 831-566-3046 or try Email

File Under: Creating Vector Storyboard Illustrations for use in Animatics and Animations

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