The past two weeks I’ve been posting about my latest blogger adventure out to California. There I attended both the premieres for Thor: The Dark World and Delivery Man, but I also was able to spend some time over at the Disney Toon Studios! I was there to learn more about Disney’s latest home entertainment release… PLANES! Hopefully by now you’ve read my interview with director Klay Hall and producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn, as well as my experience with the Pre-Vis Department. Oh! Did I mention that PLANES is out NOW on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy? Well… It is!
One of the presentations we attended was by the Story Board department on the process of animating a movie! We met with Dan Abraham, Head of Story, and Art Hernandez, a Story Artist. Both of them worked directly on PLANES. They explained how often they are given a script or concept of a scene to examine. The script will get broken down into chapters, where then each Story Artist will get three or so different chapters from the script to form into sequences from the movie.
In other words, the Story Artists take the written word and transform it into a visual. They make a comparable conversion of the movie to set up a staging. They have to think and conceptualize where the characters are, what the locations look like, where is the camera in this story, etc.