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Storyboarding for Hollywood on iPad Pro

Pacific Rim. IT. Luke Cage. Famous person Trek: Discovery. One of the largest motion sequences in fashionable TV and films had been storyboarded through Rob McCallum… on an iPad Pro.

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All proper, so becoming a member of me lately, I've Rob McCallum. How are you, Rob?

**Rob McCallum((: I am effective, thanks. Great to be right here.

Rene: I met you at a developers' meet and greet the place other folks had been appearing off how they used...No longer developers, possibly, what is the proper phrase, execs meet and greet the place other folks had been appearing off how they used iPad Pro. Prior to we get into that, I am curious somewhat bit about your background.

Perhaps if you'll let us know what you if truth be told do for a residing, that may be cool.

Rob: I'm a storyboard and idea artist running in movie and TV. I have finished films you might have all heard of and TV belongings you all have heard of. I have labored motion pictures like...There is a lengthy, lengthy, lengthy listing. "Pacific Rim,"" 4 Brothers," "Victor Frankenstein," "Hairspray,"" IT," the hot summer time blockbuster, easiest incomes horror film of all time.

Rene: Perhaps I have heard of IT.

Rob: You could have heard of IT. That is at all times actually complicated [inaudible 1:31] when other folks will say, "What are you running on?" I say, "I am running on IT." "On what?" and you'll the [inaudible 1:37] . Maximum just lately, I have been running for slightly below a year-and-a-half on the brand new "Famous person Trek -- Discovery TV" collection.

What are storyboards?

Rene: That is good. While you say you do storyboard, is that kind of once we see the behind-the-scenes pictures on DVDs, or Blu-rays, or iTunes Further? It nearly looks as if the comedian ebook that will get made sooner than the director motion pictures the scenes?

Rob: Principally, it is the least expensive manner of creating the movie for the primary cross. Most often, it is going to be the extra sophisticated scenes. So much like I've finished this, I've storyboarded these items however, technically, you shouldn't have to storyboard discussion scenes with actors or the rest.

It is generally visible results, sophisticated stunt sequences, the rest that the opposite departments would have the benefit of figuring out what they must do forward of time, principally, in order that they may be able to do what the director has were given deliberate. Principally, it additionally is helping with figuring out the finances for issues, what number of visible results, pictures you'll have, such things as that.

Rene: If any person sees a visually-impressive scene in IT, or Pacific Rim, or Famous person Trek -- Discovery, chances are high that there's a demonstration that you've got made sooner than that ever were given shot.

Rob: Sure, sure. Occasionally, they give the impression of being precisely like I drew it. Different instances, it looks as if, "Smartly, yeah, OK, I will, you understand, I will see why they modified it." Pacific Rim was once closely, closely storyboarded.

Rene: Yeah, I guess.

Rob: The storyboards that I did had been principally for the hole and for the finishing. It is very, very identical. It is very identical, which is good. [laughs] It is great to look it whilst you cross, "Oh, wow." Then numerous instances, there may be one process that I had just lately that I used to be doing as this aspect gig. I labored on it actually, actually exhausting in my spare time, like evenings and weekends and stuff that.

Then, I ended it and I passed it in. I used to be, "Oh, nice, nice. I have finished that, that is implausible." Then, the brand new model of the script got here out, and my series was once totally long past.

Rene: Oh, no! [laughs]

Rob: I did not have to offer the cash again, in order that was once OK.


Turning into a storyboard artists

Rene: How did you develop into a storyboard artist?

Rob: I used to attract comics. I labored in Wonder and DC, "2000 AD," "Pass judgement on Dredd." I if truth be told began off in a grimy Glasgow humor comedian known as, "Electrical Soup," along the artist referred to as Frank Quitely. That isn't his actual title, however we're going to cross with that. Frank Quitely attracts Superman. He is stayed in comics, he is finished actually rather well.


Rene: He is Grant Morris's common partner-in-crime.

Rob: He's, and Mark Millar as neatly. He did a number of stuff for Mark, too. He simply had an enormous exhibition of his paintings in Glasgow, which I arrived two days after it completed.


Rene: Like "All-Famous person Superman," and "The New X-Males," and that more or less stuff.

Rob: All that more or less stuff, yeah. We each began off on that, and I used that as my pupil process when I used to be at Glasgow Faculty of Artwork. Slightly than get a task at the back of the bar or ready tables or one thing, I drew comics for this comedian that you would not display your mum.


Rob: It was once simply probably the most base humor. Via that, I had the visible storytelling factor going on with the comics, I finished up doing stuff for Pass judgement on Dredd, after which I branched out into extra mainstream comics after that.

On the similar time, I used to be making my very own brief motion pictures at artwork college, which concerned me to having to storyboard it. That was once going alongside on the similar time. In the end, I used to be running for Stan Lee, on Stan Lee's "Excelsior!" line. That is about '96, '97, one thing like that. It was once handiest for a few yr and a half of, just about two years. Not anything ever got here out. It was once numerous construction and stuff like that.

Wonder, I feel they had been going thru Bankruptcy 11 chapter on the time, they usually more or less pulled the plug on the whole lot. Then, the next day to come, I were given a decision from a movie director who had were given my title from the "2000 AD" editor, as a result of he'd requested if there was once any individual in Glasgow, would possibly know the way to do storyboards.

He'd used comedian artists previously. I simply took place to have a number of comics that I may just display him extra completed art work, however I would additionally confirmed him the storyboards from the fast motion pictures that I would written and directed whilst I used to be at artwork college. He was once offered on a movie known as "The Ruby Ring," directed through Harley Cokeliss. It was once a Hallmark TV film, which I have by no means noticed.


Rob: I have at all times been looking out for it. I have by no means noticed it. That was once the very first thing I storyboarded. I went on to do every other two Hallmark films, after which my title began getting recognized round Glasgow, and I did some brief motion pictures.

Then, I storyboarded two of the 3 brief motion pictures that went to make up "The Acid Space," the Irvine Welsh adaptation, directed through Paul McGuigan, who I nonetheless know and nonetheless paintings with to nowadays. Did Victor Frankenstein with him, and "Luke Cage," and a complete bunch of stuff.

Then, I moved to Canada, as a result of I would met Jacqui, who is now my spouse. It is every other very, very lengthy tale...


Rob: ...undergo with me. Nah, I am not going to hassle. Principally, my first process in Canada was once doing storyboards for "The Recruit." Then I were given the "Bulletproof Monk." I have actually been stored busy since then, and now it is lately. [laughs]

Promoting sequences

Rene: I suppose, in comedian books, you are channeling the script into visuals. Right here, you are now not doing the general visuals, however you might have nonetheless were given to create a imaginative and prescient for what's on the web page sooner than it will get put onto video.

Rob: Yeah. Comics are if truth be told more or less a just right coaching flooring for doing storyboards, up to a storyboard, realistically, may just simply be like a bubble with any person's title written the center of it to understand the place they are status within the body.

If you'll promote the series, if you'll give everybody as a lot of a sense of the way it flows, even though you do it actually briefly, however be told cinematic framing and stuff like that, comics are an excessively, excellent coaching flooring for that.

Principally, you are directing it. You might be doing the dress designs. You are doing the casting. You are doing the performing. You are doing the lights, the set design, the prop design, the whole lot. While you cross to do storyboards, once in a while you are doing a wee little bit of that.

Occasionally it's going to all had been designed for you. You'll be able to paintings carefully with the artwork division to determine what the distance, the set that you are going to be running is, in order that you understand the place the partitions, so you do not put the digital camera in the course of the wall and make it tricky for any individual to movie sure pictures.

I have had motion pictures, I feel it was once "Silent Hill -- Revelation," the second, the place I got here on that actually early. Not one of the creatures had actually been designed but, so I more or less simply drew one thing. Then it went thru the entire design procedure with a couple of people. The director ended up announcing, "You realize what? I really like what Rob did. Simply do this."

Rene: [laughs] That is nice. Additionally, as a result of I practice you on Twitter and I have noticed little bits of your paintings right here and there, what you are allowed...


Rene: I must preface it through announcing that, whilst you paintings for large firms, you steadily would not have regulate over what you are allowed to speak about or display, however I've noticed a few of your stuff, and there is a actual emotionality to it. After I have a look at some the ones panels, I do not simply see the placement of items in area however I am getting an actual sense of the emotional affect of them.

Rob: You are seeking to inform a just right tale. It is a just right diversion onto virtual as opposed to sensible artwork. After I used to attract storyboards on paper, I used to take a look at and use the type of comedian common sense to it.

If you end up drawing a comic book, you intend the panels out so you are conscious about how the reader goes to if truth be told be studying the comedian and experiencing the tale. If there is a large impactful second that you wish to have to put across, it is just right in the event you flip the web page to that, so you intend the panels accordingly in order that this large final web page goes to be one thing that folks flip the web page onto.

That can affect you as a result of if you end up drawing comics, you've gotten to concentrate on how your timing and the way your pacing of what's being noticed impacts the reader. I take a look at to try this with the tale forums, as neatly, so if there was once one large surprising assessment I might try to principally time the tale forums in order that you needed to flip the web page to it.

While you had been flicking thru a large stack of storyboards, that have been often as large as two phonebooks on some films, which is one thing you'll't actually do at the present time. [laughs] That is something PDF does now not [inaudible 11:56] .


Going iPad Pro

Rene: Let's get into that. What introduced you to iPad Pro?

Rob: The first actual iPad I ever noticed on the planet was once, some of the artists, Man Davis, had one on Pacific Rim. I feel it was once the iPad, the primary era, the unique one, and I believed that appears actually cool. I stated, "Are you able to draw on it?" and he stated, " [inaudible 12:22] " doodling on one thing or different.

Then I were given an iPad 2, that was once my first iPad, and I spent a fortune on other styluses or stylii or no matter. I had the rechargeable ones, it charged a USB with a disk on it, and large chunky ones and stuff...

Rene: There was once the Cosmos, the Adonit Jot, the...

Rob: Yeah, however the ones had been lovely just right, in the event you consider it.

Rene: The Ten One Design. There have been such a lot of of them.

Rob: I finished two favorites had been if truth be told the Fifty 3 Pencil one, but when I keep in mind again, I do not believe that if truth be told labored for drive sensitivity on the iPad 2. I will't moderately keep in mind.

Rene: I feel the one manner they did drive sensitivity was once thru Bluetooth again then, and also you needed to improve their SDK.

Rob: Yeah, however I finished up discovering those little steel ones within the Buck Retailer, they usually ended up being my absolute favourite simply for the reason that rubber they used is so exhausting.


Rob: Which was once if truth be told great. I used to cartoon and draw on my iPad 2, and I stored the iPad 2 for an excessively, very, very very long time. The following iPad I were given was once the iPad Pro, so there was once moderately a bounce in specifications as a result of I would used my iPad 2 for...Seeking to suppose, we had the cartoon membership, the paper and there was once every other one, I feel it was once a written sketchbook.

I used to make use of it for doing prop designs, and particularly knives. Knives had been actually just right to do on the rest that would do symmetrical drawing. It was once simply actually just right for banging out shapes and stuff, after which after I noticed the iPad Pro introduced, as a result of I actually was once short of to improve however I simply had the sensation there was once one thing coming that I used to be possibly was once conserving off for.

Then I began studying rumors about, "Smartly, there may well be a pencil or a stylus or one thing coming with it." An terrible lot of people who I do know, they use the Cintiq and I had a actually previous iPad and I had a actually, actually, previous Cintiq, a 12-inch one, the first actual one who got here out, and the whole lot was once badly wanting an improve.

Greater than Cintiq

Rene: I had an Cintiq, as neatly, sooner than iPad Pro. [laughs] I bring it to mind...

Rob: Cintiq, all just right and the whole lot, however then I were given the iPad Pro, and I were given it house, and also you could not get the pencil on the similar time for the reason that Apple Pencil was once very exhausting to get. It was once actually, actually, actually exhausting to get on release, so I am sitting there and increasingly of our paintings have been turning into virtual over time.

All my idea artwork had been virtual, my storyboards, if I used to be in an actual hurry, I might do them digitally as a result of then you did not have to spend like half of the day scanning stuff, so I am sitting right here with principally what was once an enormous iPad and I used to be announcing, "It is a huge iPad. It's not that i am certain of it."

Rene: [laughs] It was once 12.9 inches. There was once no 9.7 or 10.5 when it first got here out.

Rob: 12.9 was once the only, and my youngsters had been coming in and going, "Oh, wow. Take a look at the dimensions of that factor," I am going, "I do know."


Rob: I said drawing with my finger and if truth be told discovered it had palm rejection, so you'll want to simply draw together with your finger and together with your hand if truth be told traced on it, and I stated, "That is lovely just right," after which nearly accidentally, I controlled to get an Apple pencil simply when I used to be surfing that website online for the 2 seconds that it was once on it.

It arrived, and I began drawing, and I used to be like, "Proper. OK. I am getting this now. I am getting it. That is just right. I will make this paintings." I used to be simply completing off "Ghost within the Shell," after which I feel I were given a decision from "The Pressure."

It was once an episode of The Pressure TV collection and I believed, "I'm going to do this. I'm going to give this a take a look at," and if not anything else, I were given to swan into the places of work with this sort of logo new iPad Execs and an Apple Pencil, and everybody would nod over it, and I were given to blow their own horns Procreate and the way it will draw immediately traces, and all that stuff. [laughs]

I controlled to do the storyboards on it and I controlled to determine a workflow extremely briefly for with the ability to do that. I used to be like, "I feel this if truth be told might paintings," for the reason that Apple Pencil is through a ways the most efficient drawing revel in I have had digitally. That is as as regards to an actual pencil as I have ever skilled, so the iPad Pro principally has modified the whole lot about how I paintings.

It is streamlined it, and made it such a lot higher, and I do experience drawing once more as a result of I used to be getting unwell of the grind of the blue pencil, draw over it, after which repair it, scan it. It was once taking endlessly and it was once dressed in me down, however running on the iPad Pro has modified the whole lot, and I might extremely counsel it, to be truthful.

The totally virtual workflow

Rene: My workflow, too. It brings numerous the equipment that we was analog into one easy-to-maintain virtual bundle.

Rob: The whole thing's there. For the reason that everyone's were given computer systems at the present time and is having a look at the whole lot on computer systems, you do not wish to bounce between platforms or give up USB drives. You'll AirDrop issues. You'll create PDFs, you'll strip them down, you'll add them, you'll percentage issues. It is nice.

And the truth that, such as you stated, each considered one of your drawing equipment is there. I have been doing full-color forums simply continuously, and that is the reason now not one thing that any sane individual would ever do. [laughs] In the event you had not to do it digitally, it could take you endlessly.

Rene: No, completely. It's progressive within the kitschy sense of the phrase. [laughs]

Rob: Oh, yeah [inaudible 18:46] . It is simply this little black rectangle that you simply elevate about with you that may be [inaudible 18:44]. Like I say, it is completely modified the whole lot about my whole workflow. I do not believe I may just if truth be told start to describe how a lot it is modified issues and the way delightful it makes issues, as neatly.

Rene: It was once the similar for me. I cherished the Cintiq, however when I were given to the Apple Pencil, you did not have that parallax, you did not have that reticule. It felt such as you had been attached to the display screen.

Rob: Yeah, and the most efficient factor was once there was once no lag. It was once implausible. It was once extremely correct. After I controlled to get my brushes looked after out in Procreate that I preferred, then I used to be flying. It was once nice. I did The Pressure, after which I were given the decision to do "Downsizing," the Alexander Payne film that is popping out very quickly.

I feel it is a few weeks, would possibly also be subsequent week. I believed, "Proper, I am simply going to show up with the iPad Pro and spot what occurs. I am gonna depart the pc within the automobile so I have were given no protection internet or the rest, and let's examine what occurs." It was once completely effective. Steadily, as I went alongside, I used to be managing to make PDFs and edit them in iOS.

In reality, to be truthful, if you end up running in a manufacturing place of business, the one drawback that I had was once connecting to the community printer.

Rene: OK. [laughs]

Rob: They prefer to hardwire the whole lot and such things as that, in order that was once the one drawback I had. I simply AirDropped it to any person's laptop, they usually revealed it for me.


Rene: You point out Procreate. Large fan of James Cuda and Savage Interactive's paintings. What drew you to Procreate first of all?

Rob: I had first of all attempted Procreate when it got here out on the iPad 2, I feel it's. I moderately preferred it, but it surely simply more or less was once some of the drawing methods that I attempted. I have were given a financial institution of them that I used, but if it got here all the way down to looking for the most efficient app to make use of, I did numerous analysis. I attempted numerous other apps.

Rene: There was once Brushes actually early on.

Rob: Brushes was once actually early on, yeah. Are you aware what I finished up doing? Procreate was once the one who allowed me the perfect choices to export information in a mass batch. If you end up doing a storyboard series, it may possibly cross anyplace from 5 to 200 pages. Procreate, that was once the app that you did not have to head thru...Have you ever ever attempted exporting stuff on Adobe Caricature?

Rene: No, I have not, [laughs] particularly now not on your scale.

Rob: Oh, you'll want to damage a window.

Rene: [laughs]

Rob: It's so exhausting to get the rest. I do not like methods like Adobe Caricature. In reality, there may be numerous doable in that, however you'll't get the rest off it. You'll't even actually export it as a PDF.

Rene: I am getting annoyed and I finally end up display screen taking pictures, however this is such low solution...


Rob: Oh, yeah.

Rene: ...answer.

Rob: Yeah, I will't do this. I have considered that. [laughs] That was once considered one of my grand schemes, "I'm going to display screen seize the whole lot." It does not paintings. It isn't as just right.

Rene: Nope.

Rob: Procreate was once principally the only. Then, when I were given the grasp of my brushes and when I were given the grasp of the viewpoint instrument, the viewpoint's fantastic. It makes it such a lot more uncomplicated. I have been speaking with James and the 2 Matts at Procreate and giving them wee hints and guidelines as to objects that I have...

I may not say the rest particularly, for the reason that factor works, for the reason that factor works nice, as an entire. I stay sending them, "I do know that I may well be the one individual that ever wishes this, but when you'll want to do some way that I may just save my viewpoint gauge for each panel."

Rene: Oh, yeah.

Rob: [laughs] If I have were given to leap again and attach one thing, it takes me ages, as a result of I have already moved the viewpoint gauge to in different places. However that is under no circumstances a complaint, as a result of I do not believe some other human being, rather then me and possibly a couple of people, will ever wish to do this. [laughs]

Rene: I do know, however I like that. I like the speculation of chronic, non-destructive components being blended with pictures. That is why I like the brand new codecs, like HEIF, the place it may possibly retailer information along the picture package.


Rene: If lets simply determine techniques of creating all of that stuff cross with you, it could be implausible.

Rob: Yeah, and even simply put it aside on a layer and say that this accretion's viewpoint information is that this, after which this accretion's viewpoint information is that this. However, like I stated, there may be handiest me and a couple of people [laughs] who would most definitely ever actually realize that that factor existed or want it.

Procreate turned into the one who I began the use of, I feel it was once, midway thru The Pressure. I began off with every other one, a Manga drawing kind of factor. Then, when I discovered Procreate may just export a lot quicker, that was once the only.

It is develop into 2nd nature the use of it now, even if James did have to provide an explanation for to me...what was once the article? I feel it was once the [inaudible 24:27] I used to be doing it incorrect. [laughs] Yeah, I am nonetheless studying.

Rene: You discussed the viewpoint information. You discussed brushes and layers. Are there sure equipment you in finding that experience develop into your workhorses?

Rob: Yeah, I have were given possibly 3 or 4 permutations of the similar brush that I have a tendency to stay going again to. You have got airbrush and stuff like that, and issues which are in Famous person Trek. Some great other folks have made some loose brushes and I paid for an entire bunch of them, as neatly. You get actually just right nebular brushes for briefly knocking in combination area and stuff like that.

The entire indisputable fact that you'll put houses onto a broom, like upload and display screen, colour dodge and burn, and stuff like that, it is extraordinary for doing lights results.

Rene: I used to be by no means a qualified such as you, however I labored in design. I did not get to attract representation professionally, however again within the day, you probably did, actually, pencil or blue pencil. Then, both you or anyone else would ink it. As a result of ink was once everlasting in the true global, it was once actually exhausting to switch later.

Rob: Inking was once probably the most terrifying factor for me.

Rene: [laughs]

Rob: I'm historically now not a neat individual, so far as that. I have a tendency to be very fast after I draw. I additionally tended to be very fast after I inked, as a result of I believe you stay numerous the power of the drawing whilst you do it that manner. Yeah, I used to blue-pencil them, ink one, after which White Out.

Rene: Always!

Rob: In reality, again within the day whilst you used to FedEx art work to other folks -- and faxes, we used to fax issues, and then you definitely'd FedEx it to them -- I if truth be told were given a criticism that my paintings as soon as jammed up some of the series scanners. I had such a lot White out on it as a result of I had tousled the inking so badly, and the article ended up being a few quarter of an inch thick.

Yeah, I like virtual stuff. I am satisfied I do not have to maintain that anymore.

Making the virtual migration

Rene: I believe like I introduced all this luggage with me, as a result of I'm going to nonetheless pick out, in Procreate, a pencil-like instrument to do the primary structure with. Then, I'm going to cross over it with an inking instrument and a lot more in moderation, despite the fact that I do know in my head the ink is not more everlasting than the pencil anymore. It is simply my thoughts is in that mode.

Rob: That is what I do. I feel I am evolving. It was once at all times the HB pencil and the 6B pencil, and I did it in gentle blue. What I might have a tendency to do is cut back the opacity down, so you'll want to nonetheless more or less see it. It was once possibly about 20, 25 % opacity, so you'll want to nonetheless see the under-drawing, as a result of I at all times preferred how that seemed.


Rob: I at all times idea it gave a wee bit extra meat to the real drawing itself. Yeah, I nonetheless do this, after which I'm going to draw...Layers have spoiled us at the present time. It types you out whilst you principally know that the only line that you simply do goes to subject, and that is the reason the road that you are going to...

It is like when my daughter, she's were given a type of fast cameras that take 20 photos on a roll of movie. I am making an attempt to provide an explanation for to her that you can not do that the similar manner that you simply do virtual pictures on my iPhone, as a result of you'll take as many as you wish to have.

I believe my nerves are significantly better since I have began doing virtual stuff, as a result of you'll return and historical past's there. Delete the layer, you are just right.

Rene: It is humorous. I've pals who come from a portray background, they usually use it so another way. They do not do the road out. They begin hanging down blocks of colour, after which refining it through including extra blocks of colour round or beside it. [laughs]

Rob: Yeah, yeah, surely. When I am doing an idea portray, I will be able to have a tendency to not cartoon out first. I'm going to simply get caught in there and, expectantly, it must begin to take form in the end.

Rene: It is like clay nearly.

Rob: Yeah, yeah, you are simply bashing it round to look what occurs. I have been doing wee bit extra during the last few weeks, simply to calm down at night time, generating some terrifying stuff that my spouse can not have a look at. [laughs]

She simply is going, "That seemed actually indignant." I am like, "Oh, neatly. [inaudible 29:20] ." I wasn't actually very indignant, on the time, however possibly I used to be getting one thing out that I did not actually know was once there. [laughs]

Rene: One in every of my favourite issues about Procreate is that you'll additionally export the animation of you doing the drawing. Jim Lee, who used to attract X Males and WildStorm and now could be co-publisher of DC comics, was once sharing one of the Procreate animations of his drawing. I discovered the entire procedure interesting.

Rob: I handiest came upon that you'll want to do this now not that way back. When I have were given time, I have been going again and digging up all Procreate back-up information that I have made and pulling that out. It is humorous, as a result of there is a large quantity of them that, clearly, I would began doing one thing and I would labored on it for an important period of time.

Then, I had simply cleared all of it, and I will have to of used that as the bottom for an terrible lot of my photos. Each time you do this, it wastes 20 seconds of me doing a storyboard from "IT" and drawing Pennywise down within the sewers. Then, that each one vanishes and one thing from Famous person Trek seems on most sensible of it.


Rob: It is like, "All proper, OK. So do not use the similar panels, proper." [laughs] Take into accout to try this.

Rene: Do you do a separate canvas in line with panel or do you ever do a couple of panels on a canvas?

Rob: No, I have a tendency to do 3 panels a web page as a result of that manner, you get a just right float from that as a result of there was once a task that I have simply finished that the director sought after one panel a web page in order that he may just edit them in combination in iMovie or one thing, I feel.

Simply principally do a snappy animatic of it to look the way it was once flowing. I discovered I could not do this since you're drawing one standalone panel when if truth be told, each and every panel pertains to the panel sooner than it and after it. For storytelling functions, I had to attract 3 a web page after which I simply screen-captured and cropped.


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Storyboards vs. animatics

Rene: Has animatics modified the best way you consider doing storyboards in any respect?

Rob: No. I have been running, on "Famous person Trek Discovery," I have been running with an animatics corporate as neatly, and a couple of different ones. It is turning into increasingly commonplace however the type of...It is all storytelling. Animatics, they may be able to glance fantastic. You additionally get ones that you simply surprise, as with storyboard as neatly, you'll get ones the place you surprise, "Why did you do an animatic of that?"

Rene: [laughs]

Rob: As a result of there may be some issues that...It will come alive on the set. There is some issues that you are going to principally see how the actor's going to do. Animatics and even storyboards of sure issues are more or less restrictive, I might suppose, to why you possibly can try to plan one thing when it must be forming organically with the actors and the set and stuff like that.

Rene: And I feel additionally, there are separate phases as the article is going from the 2 dimensions of the script, throughout the storyboards to the beginnings of 3 dimensions in animatics, or now they are doing VR or AR layers sooner than you if truth be told shoot it nearly. It is like a continuum, nearly.

Rob: It relies. Animatics have their position and numerous the time, from what I have noticed, it is nearly been like the corporate who is doing the visible results are if truth be told doing the animatics as neatly so the animatics can be like a coarse draft.

However then I have noticed different animatics the place it looks as if a nasty PS2 minimize scene. It is simply merely distracting from the reality that you have got other folks floating about and issues.

There is a position for it. There is surely a spot for it. I feel it is principally...Simply because you'll do the whole lot in a single shot doesn't suggest you must do the whole lot in a single shot. Principally, storyboards are all about storytelling.

Numerous the time, I do not get as lengthy to attract it as I wish to, which in many ways has destroyed my persistence for with the ability to do longer stints of drawing as a result of I am going, "Proper, that'll do. Subsequent." You are simply flying thru sequences and this if truth be told is something that the iPad Pro has actually helped with, running on iPad Pro has helped with.

It shaves off wee bits of time right here and there. After I do my roughs, I do it on the iPad Pro. It was, I might do it on a separate sheet of paper. Then I might put the separate sheet of paper above the right kind little bit of paper that I used to be drawing it on.

Rene: So, sorry, did you undergo that segment the place you simply had to attract it first? I went thru this segment the place I simply had to attract it on paper after which scan it in, paintings on it digitally sooner than I may just adapt.

Rob: After I did "The Factor," the 2011 Factor prequel, and on Pacific Rim, all about the similar time, I drew the roughest, roughest storyboards. A few of them had been stupidly detailed however I did tough ones after which I might scan it after which I began doing it in Photoshop, then I might upload lens flares and all varieties of stuff. 25 lens flares on each panel simply to make all of it flashy.


Rene: As a result of you'll want to.

Rob: "Take a look at me. I am in Photoshop." However, it is some of the issues that the iPad Pro with the cut up display screen now, is implausible. Additionally, I will simply import my jpeg roughs and take a look at and stay the similar power within the roughs.

However then on one thing like Famous person Trek, it is a TV collection so that you do not have as lengthy a prep for each episode so you are principally simply getting caught in and tweaking issues and stuff. The beauty of if you end up doing stuff as a part of the larger artwork division and everybody's all speaking, which is how it works neatly, the entire departments all percentage stuff.

I will import units onto iPad Pro thru SketchUp or I have were given an obj viewer for any particular props and stuff like that, then you definitely display screen seize it, you import it into Procreate, you narrow it out simply, stick it on. It saves numerous time, which everybody loves as a result of they get to understand what is taking place quicker. [laughs] That is the factor. Principally simply, my lifestyles is one large ticking clock...

Rene: [laughs]

Rob: ...of everybody asking me to do stuff quicker.

So. Many. Equipment.

Rene: You discussed Procreate, you might have discussed Photoshop, Caricature. I have noticed you do a little stuff in Linea as neatly. Do you in finding other apps are simply...? Other equipment paintings higher in numerous apps or it offers you other components that you'll use?

Rob: Yeah. It is great to leap round as neatly, simply to stay passion. Linea's actually just right. I used that so much for the roughs on more than a few issues. Paper through FiftyThree I like sketching in that simply because they have got I feel my all-time favourite pencil instrument, pencil brush, no matter.

It is very, very delicate. Linea additionally has a just right one as neatly however pencil was once the only I discovered first, I just like the tweaking you'll do in that one. What else? Let's have a look at what is on my iPad.


Rob: I have were given Affinity Picture, which I have by no means if truth be told controlled to sit down down...I have by no means had time to sit down down and crack the right way to paintings it but.

Rene: That is actually just right as it actually takes benefit of the entire energy that you've got on an iPad Pro now. When you get started finger-painting with deformation equipment, you'll be able to simply cross on for hours.

Rob: I'm going to have a cross at it. It is on my listing of the following ones I have were given to do. Paintstorm will also be moderately great. Artwork Studio was once some of the first ones that I ever used as it looks as if Photoshop and it has got the similar structure as Photoshop. Artwork Studio is lovely great.

Ideas, I have attempted that as neatly. There is a new beta for them pop out. That is moderately a pleasant one. However like I say, I have were given to have time to sit down down and do it. My major apps are Linea, Paper, Procreate and Notability. Notability's beneficial as a result of it is nearly like a hub the place I will simply stay the whole lot.

Prior to the information app, the [inaudible 39:50] information app got here out, Notability, it was once actually my information app. It is the place I stored the whole lot. I nonetheless more or less do, simply thru addiction.

Rene: I have performed with Pixelmator too however for me, I finally end up doing extra picture paintings than paintings in Pixelmator and in one of the different ones.

Rob: It is something I wish to in finding an app for as a result of after I do idea stuff...I have been doing increasingly of it thru Procreate however to be truthful, nearly for the reason that minute I were given the primary iPad Pro again in 2015, I have been doing not anything however storyboarding.

I did one batch of idea artwork for panels, Cosmatos, for his movie "Mandy" that is popping out. Nicolas Cage one. I used to be in a position to if truth be told take a seat down and do totally painted idea artwork on Procreate. There is some stuff I did on Paper simply for the pencil brush. It ended up having a look nearly like itself. I used to be moderately proud of that.

Usually, what you possibly can do in Photoshop, you more or less do picture bashing the place you possibly can principally simply slap an entire bunch of pictures in combination, get what you wish to have after which get started portray between all of them and stuff. I have but to actually take a look at that.

Rene: Have you ever attempted Astropad but? The place you get to attract on your iPad and it presentations up in Photoshop?

Rob: I've. I have were given Astropad. I have additionally were given Duet Show. I have attempted either one of them. They each paintings lovely neatly. I like the ones apps. I feel they are nice. They are extremely at hand and it principally turns your iPad Pro right into a drawing tablet, however I might relatively now not need to depend on the pc by any means in any respect, is my superb scenario.

Living proof, my automobile was once damaged down. I had a large time limit on. I used to be in a position to paintings in more than a few espresso retail outlets simply transferring... [laughs] I used to be a brief espresso store employee. I used to be transferring from more than a few puts. They began observing me.

I used to be like, "Proper, I am going. So long," and I'd simply cross subsequent door. I used to be running there after which I were given the process completed, attached the hotspot as much as my phone. I now have an LTE iPad in order that's OK. I are not looking for that anymore. I emailed it off. I put it into Notability then I controlled to scale back it thru an optimizing program, despatched it off.

Then picked up my automobile and I used to be using house and it was once some of the manufacturers known as up and stated, "Glance, we actually want you to try this. We want this fastened, this fastened and this fastened. We want it inside the hour." I went, "OK," so I pulled over into the aspect of a rustic street, whipped out my iPad, began drawing, completed it, despatched it off 20 mins later, began the automobile up and drove house.

I necessarily was once drawing storyboards in a ditch, principally.

Rene: [laughs] That makes numerous sense.

Rob: Prior to, in scenarios like that, the place you have got your strategy planning stage, all of your pencils, your blue pencils and electrical eraser and stuff like that...This if truth be told took place as soon as. I simply left the entire paintings downtown, as you possibly can within the studios to come back house and experience your weekend.

I were given a phone name on the Sunday night time, announcing, "The director wishes this finished. They are capturing it day after today morning, they want it finished." I stated, "I do not have any of my stuff with me." In order that they needed to principally cross in my table, empty all of the table right into a black rubbish bag, in order that they knew that they had the whole lot that I wished.

They caught it in a taxi. The taxi were given to my space at 11 o'clock at night time and I stayed up till 3:00 within the morning drawing it after which scanning it in and I despatched all of it off at like 5:00 within the morning, I feel. You do not have to try this anymore as a result of it is all there. It is all with you currently. It is a large aid.

On a regular basis iPad Pro elevate

Rene: The final query I've for you, if we pivot from device to , you are the use of an iPad Pro. Is it nonetheless the 12.9 inch? Do you like every explicit instances with it? How do you carry your pencil round with you? What's your equipment bag like for this paintings?

Rob: What's my equipment bag like? It is a 12.9 inch, which I feel is if truth be told...It is a absolute best drawing dimension. It isn't too large. The Cintiq I had was once 12.8. The 12WX one who I had. It is a larger display screen. It is extra actual property.

I have were given the 12.9. I have were given a leather-based sensible duvet on it and I am the use of the leather-based sleeve and the Apple Pencil simply sticks within the leather-based sleeve and that is the reason that. I had a bag for it but it surely was once getting too difficult to get out and in.


Rene: So that you simply elevate it like a ebook now.

Rob: I have were given the sleeve and that is the reason there to offer protection to it. That is effective. I have additionally were given, for when I am on set...that is my place of business arrange iPad. I take advantage of my older iPad to run over to set. That is within the silicon case that they used to do for it. It has got the silicon duvet. I have were given a rubber sleeve on my Apple Pencil, ABA iTec.

I were given it off Amazon. That was once like 11 greenbacks, which principally, it covers all of the Pencil so you have got just a little of a grip. It covers the charging, the cap as neatly. If you wish to price, you principally simply pull it and the cap's stuck finally of the...That is interesting for any individual taking note of this. Sorry. I ask for forgiveness. [laughs]

Rene: No, as a result of if truth be told, there may be numerous theoretical stuff with this and wouldn't it paintings in my workflow? As an example, when Apple first confirmed off charging the Pencil within the iPad, I, like many of us, stated, "That simply seemed ridiculous."

However then I used to be at a espresso store and I needed to paintings and the Pencil ran out and I might've figured my manner round it however I simply put it within the iPad for, I omit, 20 seconds, after which I stored on running.

Rob: Yeah. That is my on set one. Again in January and principally I began charging it, then I used to be like, "What am I going to do with the cap?" Typically, if it is within the place of business, you simply stick it to the magnetic little bit of the iPad in order that you do not lose it. Now, I would stick it within the sleeve. It is effective.

I used to be all glad, hadn't misplaced a cap, put the cap again on my Pencil, dropped the Pencil on set, center of a spaceship. The Pencil hit the bottom, the quilt with the cap shot off by no means to be noticed once more. Principally, I have were given a type of rugged sleeve that I have were given for the Pencil.

I love it. It provides a just right grip however for a long-term drawing, I simply desire the if truth be told Pencil itself since you do generally tend to grip too exhausting when you do not wish to. I do know that I have been chatting with you, once we first met, principally.

I be afflicted by psoriatic arthritis. That is something that drawing digitally has actually helped with, is the truth that you do not actually wish to lean as exhausting anymore, and you do not wish to grip the Pencil that tough both.

You'll if truth be told be actually gentle with it. You have adjusted your settings in Procreate in order that the comb is doing precisely what it must do.

Rene: I have had RSI -- Repetitive Rigidity Damage, for individuals who don't seem to be accustomed to it -- for a very long time, and I have had now not a unmarried factor. My greatest factor with the Apple Pencil is for about 3 months, I used to be simply now not used to having it so I might go back and forth so much and I might invariably depart it at the back of. I left a pair in Manitoba, in San Francisco, in New York.

The funny story was once, I might land in a town after which have to visit the Apple Retailer to head and purchase every other one. I have controlled to keep watch over that now. I am holding it with me now.

Pencils in the entire puts

Rob: I have had a few scares however I have at all times controlled to seek out them. I have were given 3 Apple Pencils now. I have were given one for each and every iPad and a spare but when I lose the spare, like for about six weeks, I could not in finding the spare so I went out and I purchased one and I stored it. Went to the Apple Retailer, and they are simply unwell of me in there as a result of I simply cross in and I am going, "New Apple Pencil. I will't in finding it."

They promote me one and I stay it within the field and I do not even open it. In the end it's going to flip up after which I'm going to go back it. [laughs] Psychologically, I wish to have one to hand in order that... [laughs]

Rene: I do know, proper. I used to be that manner with my previous pencils too. Is there the rest you want to look Apple do with the following era Apple Pencil? I do know some other folks simply need different colours. Folks need the Wacom-style eraser on it. Some other folks need the octagon form as a substitute of the circle form. Anything else you'll experience?

Rob: I used to be eager about that just lately. I am truthfully now not certain. Perhaps a we bit thicker once in a while however to be truthful, it is weighted rather well. Colours, I could not care much less about...

Rene: [laughs]

Rob: be truthful. Perhaps a button right here and there on it as a result of this is something that was once...However on the opposite hand, I have have to conform to having a button now as a result of I have were given my factor going on the place you understand the place issues are. You have got the opposite hand dancing throughout urgent stuff. [laughs]

Rene: Numerous other folks had been disappointed that Apple did not have an eraser on the again like Wacom however I by no means used it as a result of after I went to artwork college, the eraser was once separate and so I take advantage of my different hand to erase and one hand to attract and I simply by no means discovered in a different way.

Rob: Simply flipping it spherical, seeking to...I if truth be told suppose I have possibly used that after ever on any Wacom tool.

Rene: Like youngsters at school have an eraser on the again however if you end up in artwork college or if you end up in graphic design, you've gotten a gum or...

Rob: Eraser, yeah. I could not care much less in regards to the eraser and I could not care much less in regards to the colour. I really like the truth that it is white, this means that it has got a greater likelihood of being noticed after I drop it or depart it someplace.

Rene: Sure. [laughs]

Rob: I purchased some of the standalone pencil instances and I were given a crimson one as a result of I wished so as to see it. Black and really delicate colours do not lend a hand me when I have misplaced one thing.


Rob: I desire a speaker on the Apple Pencil that I will beep it.

Rene: Like, in finding my Apple Pencil, you simply cross in, there is a button that is going beep, beep, beep.

Rob: Yeah, or a wee rocket that it may possibly shoot, like a homing rocket that you simply press the button and the Pencil takes to the air and fires in opposition to you killing any individual...

Rene: Just like the Iron Guy armor, just like the Extremis armor.

Rob: Sure. Thor's hammer.

Rene: Sure. Mjolnir however a pencil.

Rob: [laughs] Yeah, proper, I feel that is that looked after. Let Apple know that we now have looked after out the following era of Apple pencil.

Rene: All they want is a few Uru.


Rene: So Rob, if persons are eager about seeing extra of your paintings or following you on Twitter, the place can they cross?

Rob: Twitter, @rob__mccallum. M-C-C-A-L-L-U-M. Two underscores as a result of any person were given there forward of me. I have were given one @robmccallumart. I do not update it as a lot and you'll be able to have a tendency to listen to much less of my rantings on that one. It is principally simply to publish artwork.

I am on Instagram @robmccallumart as neatly, and likewise @robmccallum. I have no idea why I signal as much as a wide variety of items, however it is a good suggestion on the time. My website online is It is M-C-C-A-L-L-U-M-A-R-T dot com. Once more, I have not up to date that for some time, so principally Instagram and Twitter as neatly, I do have a tendency to publish stuff as a result of I have not had...this week is if truth be told the primary in about two or 3 years that I have if truth be told had any actual day without work.

Rene: I actually recognize you spending a few of that with us.

Rob: I stated to you I will be able to do this a yr in the past or so, I forgot.

Rene: No, I noticed that you simply had a minute or two, so I figured I'd simply take that clear of you.

Rob: No, I have loved. I have sought after to try this. I sought after to speak to you.

Rene: Terrific. I actually recognize your time. Thanks such a lot for spending it with us.

Rob: Thanks very a lot.

Rene: You'll in finding me @reneritchie on Twitter, Instagram, the entire social stuff. You'll e mail me at in case you have any comments on this display, any ideas on long run presentations. I need to thank Jim Metzendorf for the nice process he does generating and modifying this podcast on a daily basis, as a result of day by day, wow, what was once I pondering? I need to thanks for listening.

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