Toon Boom's Storyboard Pro

October 10, 2007

I never would have thought that a storyboarding application would need to be this complex or capable, I never really would have even thought that I’d want a separate application just for storyboarding needs.  However, after watching this video about Toon Boom’s Storyboard Pro, I am blown away by the capability and usefulness of this program.  It can do things I wouldn’t have thought necessary, but end up being incredibly useful, like drawing huge pictures and then animating a complex camera move around that picture at different zoom levels and it’s all 100% quality because it’s a vector-based program, so you don’t lose quality of image and you get a whole lot more value and specificity in your storyboarding without using up tons and tons of paper and an expensive artist to communicate the thoughts clearly.  I think this is an awesome tool for any cartoonist, director or even playwright to figure out how their script translates visually into an exciting and effective (or not) piece of visual entertainment so they can best suit the needs of both themselves and the audience.  It’s a great tool and a fascinating video click-through tutorial.  I will warn you though, the narrator has a pretty heavy French accent and an obvious skill with a stylus pen and drawing talent, so the accent can be hard to understand and if you’re discouraged for some reason by awesome artwork, then this might not be for you (as well this profession might not be quiet for you either, you might just want to take another peek around the ol’ world for something intriguing, heh).  Enjoy the video, link’s below, leave comments or questions and I’d be happy to hear from you.

Link: http://www.studiodaily.com/main/training/8501.html


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