Well, now that this season of Venture Bros is well under way and especially since "The Invisible Hand of Fate" has already aired, I can now post some work that I've done on the show.
Even though this wasn't the first episode to be aired, this was the first episode to be written and storyboarded. Reasons being, you'll find on Mr Jackson Publick's blog.
Anyway, it is unusual for us not to have some sort of problem with our first episode of the season, especially if we're working with a new storyboard artist. The problem with this episode is that time ran out for this storyboard artist so as great as the rest of his work was we were left with an unfinished board. This is where I had to step in and brush off my own artistic cobwebs and complete the final sequence.
I have to say I wasn't looking forward to it too much as there was more than a few perspective shots to work out, some with camera moves and some without but I had a lot of fun doing it and was happy with the end result.
Storyboard Guru, Stephen DeStefano also added some beautiful expressions to Billy and Professor Fantomas and are marked with a red asterisk where relevant.
Oh and yellow post-its are from the direction team, who get the storyboard after I'm done with it. They add any extra poses that they feel are needed for acting purposes.
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!
**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.