Storyboard: for Animated Film

A small excerpt from the storyboard of my graduation animated film

Weird Fact: there's a part of this script which seems to re-appear exactly—in the Cohen Brothers film The Hudsucker Proxy. Pure coincidence, because I actually did mine first! Great minds thinking alike? But we were stunned when we saw it in their film. Can you spot the bit I'm taking about?

Legendary Irish comedy actor, Eamon Morrissey, was gracious enough to perform every character!

Above: The first character sketch & the original 'poster' and title concept. An obnoxious TV personality, martyred on the cross of stardom. Through every selfish fault of his own!
Below: The (awful) main character, Henry, wants to kill himself because his showbusiness career is in ruins. But, finding it difficult to step from the ledge, he tries to make himself dizzy in the hope that he'll just fall off...

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He falls—and changes his mind!

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Catching his foot in a window, he is miraculously saved—until...

Down he goes until—Spiderman-fashion—he bounces off a flagpole. Good to know that all that comic reading wasn't a waste of my youth:

Here's the fun bit:

And then—supernaturally—he just... stops!

So, did you spot the Hudsucker Proxy bit? I did it first—back in 1989!

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Above: The 231 panel storyboard—and script

Case Study

Every 10 years or so, I briefly think of remaking it with new animation technology.

I originally made the film with just one other assistant on some of the colouring duties. And all of it was rendered on paper, coloured with potent smelling studio markers, with some drawings literally cut out and glued onto the small amount of animation cel that I could get, so I wouldn't have to keep redrawing backgrounds!

It was way too ambitious and complex for a crew of 2. I should have taken inspiration from the arty National Film Board of Canada productions that I loved. Still, it got an official commendation at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Storyboard Illustrations & Script: John White
Media: Thinline Marker on Paper

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