‘Dolphin Tale’ features local storyboard work
September 23, 2011, 5:16 am
If you head out to the movies this weekend to watch Alcon’s new Dolphin Tale film, here’s a tidbit you might want to know: Orlando’s own Animatics & Storyboards Inc. provided storyboards for the film.
Storyboards, for anyone unfamiliar with the term, essentially are a comic strip version of the script for production, a pre-visualization of the film, if you will. The boards are created in a logically sequenced order to visualize how scenes in the film will be shot.
A&S owner Mark Simon this week told Cindy Barth of the Orlando Business Journal that artist R.C. Aradio was chosen for the Dolphin Tale storyboard team because of his concept illustration experience and background in drawing comics for Heavy Metal Magazine.
Even though Aradio had drawn storyboards before, he’d never worked on a feature film. So at the end of every day, he worked with Simon — who has more than 3,000 production credits under his belt — to review the storyboards and make sure they were ready for production.
“Mark helped me prepare for the gig by making sure I knew about the director, his movies, how he shoots his scenes and much more. It all paid off when it was time to churn out the demanding schedule on the scale of 30 to 60 [story]boards a day,” Aradio said.
To work on the film, Aradio made a daily trek to Clearwater from his home in Longwood. All told, Aradio contributed storyboards for 10 to 12 scenes for the film, or about 200 total. Depending on the complexity of a scene, it can involve anywhere from five to 50 or more storyboards.