In Summer 2011, I shot the life action part of my animated science fiction short film, Echoes.
I storyboarded the whole shoot beforehand in the studio I had back then. Befriended directors of mine sometimes ask me why I storyboard every single shot. They criticize that doing it this way, I could miss potential good reactions of my actors.
Well, I see it in a different way. When I go to shoot something, my movies are already edited, and VFX-ed in my head (having to do most of the VFX on my own). Filming itself is not the biggest challenge (it´s just exhausting), but the things that have to happen before are. Storyboards are just some kind of vehicle to show my loyal crewmembers what we are doing – like trying to get the images out of my head into theirs. And if something cooler than what I had in mind happens during the shoot – why shouldn´t we use it?
As I am writing this post, the short is still in postproduction, creating 3D assets, paintings and aditional concept designs. I´ll keep you updated on this.