We provide animation script consulting and creative development services for clients who want the best.
Making an animated film can be a complicated and expensive business . What we try to do is give an expert opinion on where your time and money is best spent; character development, story and style . What we know from our many years in the business is that script and story are two different things. Character is paramount and no amount of hardware or software can trump a great sense of humor or excellent judgement in writing and art.
Our staff focuses on story development , preproduction concept art , design and storyboarding for both 3D CG projects and 2D animated projects and related ventures in gaming and print.
We have read many scripts over the years. The best scripts have a solid foundation, great story arcs, characters and dialogue. For a small fee we can review your script and give you our notes on it , but we can also be contracted to expand on your screenplay with a treatment of our own along with a design package to help you continue pitching it with a more focused appeal.
Visual Concept Development
A great idea is worth investing time and effort in, but our policy is to never work on spec. Our company is built on a culture of truth and we review every project and always give you our honest opinion.
Our team will be ready to assist you in the cultivation of your ideas by providing conceptual art, character design, environment/prop creation as well as graphic materials for pitch packages and marketing. Depending on your budget and objectives we can help you explore variations in look development in 2D or 3D , edited story reels with voice actors or other avenues of character design.
Storyboards and Cinematics
Probably the most important stage in translating a script into a working blueprint for an animated movie, a great storyboard animatic should deliver an excellent indication of the potential of a project.
Too often we have seen storyboards that fail to impress or even communicate the vision of the script. A true world class storyboard artist captures the essence of the characters in acting and staging and develops the story in an emotionally dramatic arc. An absolutely thorough understanding of film language, screen direction, composition and pacing are essential to blueprinting a production. The best artists are also accountable to production pipelines , design and studio capacity….but most important…..they must be great storytellers.
WE work hard to be all of that and more!
Recording and Sound Editing
Artists and entertainers know a lot about convincing voice acting. No full package storyboard animatic is complete without great voice talent. Just as the classic radio plays of the 1950’s created a wonderful theatre of the mind with great voice acting and succinct stoytelling , so too a rough edit animatic can enable a producer to both see and hear a movie before it has even begun shooting. In an ideal animation production the voice talent should be recorded early. That way even the character designs and acting will be finessed to perfectly match the quality of the voices.