Christmas Storyboards

I’ve this great notebook for several years. I picked it up in London and have only used it off and on. It’s called the “Bushey” from Charles Roberson & Co. I can’t find a US reseller. While I done crazier thing than order a stack of sketchbooks to be shipped from across the ocean, I’m not sure if I have that store of crazy in me at the moment.

Anyway, I found these rough boards for “Sympathy for the Fish” when I was flipping through recently for blank pages.

It’s interesting for me to see how closely they resemble the end product.


Kelsey Stark is largely responsible for the animation on this. She always brings a high measure of artistry to my crappy ideas.


In making this film, we basically went from these drawings to slightly tighter boards cut against my voice track.


I’m pretty sure I scribbled these boards on the subway -not that that’s any excuse for the lousy drawing.


It’s a writing/script based film -though I think the images play an important role in working against the narration and adding information that’s not said -so the boards, by and large, stem from the script.


Because of this, I had figured out the picture for the most part while writing.


We only wound up cutting one antic with the doctor -in the board he picks up a few items before the wire cutter, ultimately it’s just the one.


These are some of my rough design concepts which Kelsey turned into something very nice.

We’ll have a new holiday themed film ready in a couple weeks.

Happy Returns

An Independence Day promise to send last year’s Christmas “card” prompted me to rustle up the returns.

After diligent cross checking of the mailing list there weren’t too many.

We made a film and used a piece of original production art from it as the “card”. Philosophically, the idea was to make the card a gift of “value” by personalizing it, making each unique. Each is unique, and has “value” at the same time each is completely worthless. It all depends on the recipient’s own attachment. Further, these images -as art in the film -are fleeting. They’re here and gone. Only their context within a stream of other images give them importance. These ideas mesh with some of the themes of the film.

Practically, I’m less than thrilled with the a near ton albatross of production art accumulated over the years. This is a way of getting rid of it without destroying it. And its sort of a commentary on “crowd-funding” (which gives me an idea for a future post).

Here’s the film for reference’s sake.

Sympathy For The Fish: A Holiday Story from Ace & Son MPC, LLC on Vimeo.