An Animatic Story Reel in it’s classic form is a way to pre-visualize a scene from a film or video by filming the storyboards for a production and editing them with temporary voices, sound efx, and music to simulate how the final production will look before spending a lot more money to produce it for real. Over time, digital video technology gave us the power to better simulate the final production.
Some of the best examples I have seen have been produced by animator and storyboard artist Ryan Woodward (ryanwoodwardart.com) who has since done a beautiful animated short as well as a comic book which is heavily animated and can only be seen on a tablet computer like an iPad. All amazing stuff.
I really love his Spiderman movie Animatics especially.
WHOOPS, I didn’t realize that you could not embed the animatic video and so there is nothing posted yet, but click here to see the samples cause there really really awesome! Really! I hope I can get permission to embed the video at a later date, but for now go to the link for the video.
Mr. Woodward also had a this animatic/book trailer for ‘The Loch’ for Penny Farthing Press adapting the artwork of Courtney Huddleston and Johnny Beware. More on this book can be found HERE.
Mr Woodward also has created an amazing new type of comic book, designed from the start to have the the panels you read come to alive with full animation as well as the techniques used in his animatics, but only read on a tablet computer like the iPad. While the term Motion Comic has been used for taking an existing comic book or graphic novel and animating it for video playback with added music and voice, this one might be more true to the naming since it’s a comic you read and the motion is part of that experience. Can’t wait to try the app sometime.