First Storyboard Frames For The Ballerina

storyboard for horror short film The Ballerina by John Brito

I am still working on the storyboard for the next episode of my horror / science fiction / fantasy web series called Shadows of Prey and I can say that this one ended up being a bit tough. Since I am storyboarding each cut or action from the short, the storyboard features 78 frames. (Just if you want to compare: The storyboard for the first episode, The Cellar, included 9 or 10 frames.)

When I was a freelancer and had some gap days or weeks between my paid jobs, I was used to draw between 20 and 65 frames within three days. It was tough, but worth it, because after these nonstop drawing sessions the storyboards were done.

Now, being employed, I can realistically draw for 20 to 25 minutes, when I’m lucky about 60 minutes a day – all of it during my shaky train rides. I guess that I will have to change my style to draw my storyboards – again. Of course, I will finish the current board in the style I am currently working on, but I think that I will have to go for a much more simplified and faster way to draw in order to cope with my limited resources and growing projects.

Below you can see some of the first frames of the storyboard for The Ballerina. Let me know what you think about them in the comments below. 🙂

storyboard for horror short film The Ballerina by John Brito

11 responses to “First Storyboard Frames For The Ballerina

  1. Hi 🙂 First, you art continues to be amazing. I can’t wait to see the new style you decide to use.
    Second as a writer the words, ” I guess that I will have to change my style to draw my storyboards – again,” intrigue me and conjure images that fascinate me. The ease at which you say them, as if changing something like your style were so easy. Of course in my twisty writer wanna be brain, it’s not your art the I am thinking of precisely.
    The first story I ever wrote was in my 9th grade English class and it was about a stalker who found her prey on the train, the man at first just found her annoying, her personal habits, her intrusion into his space but when she left the train at the same stop he did he became more frightened than annoyed.
    I don’t know where you are going with your story, but I love that your art and words paint an image of your story and yourself that inspires me to dramatic artistic license and nostalgia all at the same time.
    In case no one told you, you are really are very cool. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your next post!


    • Thank you very much, idream3223, these are too kind words 🙂 Actually, I was thinking about trying something more Moebius-like for the next storyboard (for a story called “Across the street”, I´m just not sure if it will be the right fit, because the lighting of this other episode will be very “shadowy” and “smoky” and Mouebius drew in a very clean an technical way… well I will see as soon as I´m doing it 🙂 )

      Oh, and your story sounds really scary, like a bit of those thrillers from the 80ies infused with the uneasy feel you get from an early George Romero movie 🙂

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  2. Hey there! I’ve been reading your weblog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic job!


    • Hello Donnetta, I´m glad you like my blog. Thank you very much for your comment. I haven´t posted anything for a while, but I hope that i will start blogging again later this year. 🙂


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