Monday, July 14, 2008

Jackson Publick Storyboard Notes

Just thought I'd post a set of
Jackson 'the hardest working man in animation' Publick
revision notes.

My job on The Venture Bros is to supervise an in-house storyboard revision team*.
We get the storyboard. We make notes**.

During this time we're allocated 2 weeks to complete revisions for each episode.
Act 1, the first week and act 2, the second.
Notes for an episode can be extremely heavy and tough on the revision team so we, more often than not, will spill over onto the following week.
This actual information we desperately try to keep from our lovely producer, Rachel Simon. Alas, we usually fail and she eventually busts my imaginary and Jackson Publick's actual set of balls when she finds out.

Moving swiftly on... at the end of each week I have to conform the revised act to a final animatic provided by our genius editor, Mr Tom Bayne AKA T-Bone.
What this really means that I have to watch the animatic closely and make final revisions from any last minute Jackson Publick notes.
I also have to listen closely to the dialogue track and paste dialogue and include direction notes to match the picture.
I then print off a copy of the storyboard so as to write in scene numbers, panel numbers and to make sure the final storyboard is clearly labeled when there's a cut or hook up (H.U.) between each scene.

Still with me? Good.

All in all it can be a pain in the ass but I truly love it and wouldn't change my job for the world.

So anyway, this is one of Mr Publick's notes from the season opener and is one of many, many notes that I get during the course of a season.

And I don't think this one has aired yet but this was my favourite note of season 3 from Mr Publick. And not because of the front side of the storyboard page...

but because of the back, where he sometimes doodles. This one is particularly cool, methinks!


That is all.
x Shivers

*The talented revision team for season 3 was Jon Roscetti,
Danny Hynes, (who's now a character designer on season 4) Rick Lacy, who left us half way through season 3 and was replaced by Lauren Monardo.

**By 'We'
here, I really mean its mainly Jackson Publick who makes changes and provides us with notes. During those two weeks I'll spot other technical problems and draw extra panels, whilst also adding all of the amazing panels that our storyboard guru, Stephen DeStefano kindly provides. It can get especially tasking when conforming at the end of each week.


sdestefano said...

SIOBHAN F****ING MULLEN, ladies and gentlemen!
Easily, the hardest working gal in animation.

Shivers said...

No I'm not... you know who is?
haha She really is though... I'm definitely well after Liz.

Thanks for the support though, Mr Stephen 'Storyboard Guru' DeStefano!

We most definitely couldn't have done it without you!

xXx Shivers

Margaret said...

Thanks for showing these - I love seeing the behind the scenes, so to speak, of my fave animated shows.

Lovelace said...

Girl got mad bad skills, she do.

Shivers said...

Thanks guys... I've been wanting to post something for a while now but since the episodes are so slow to air, I couldn't, so its been a little frustrating. But thank you for the feed back... tis much appreciated!


Anonymous said...

I apologise, but, in my opinion, you are not right.

Shivers said...

Excuse me? Not right about what?