Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Storyboard Studies. And a note on talent.

I have no innate talent for storyboarding, but it something I enjoy greatly. These are are some studies done this morning to take my mind off things.Theres no way for me to explain how excited the Where the Wild Things Are trailer made me. It brings together so many things that resonate with me. An amazing director who inspires me beyond words, a fantastic story, and genius music. the cynic in me would suggest that all of this is to much of a coincidence, that some genius marketing department has cooked all this up in their pot- a magic potion that will effortlessly achieve cult film status. but the truth is that i dont care, because i am not a cynic at heart. I am excited that so many talented people were given the chance to make the film.
if you are interested in film stills, for study or otherwise, check out Framefilter. A great collection, regularly updated by cal arts graduate and dreamworks storyboard artist.

To expand on my mention of innate talent (a very controversial topic in creative circles)-
I don't have innate talent for anything i do in creative fields. This is not a designed self-deprecating statement, it is a realisation that i came across years ago and has so far helped me immensely in my development. There are people that have innate talent, ideas and concepts come to them, lines flow effortlessly from their pencil. I have worked and studied with these people, and they are truly inspirational. In contrast to them everything I do is a battle. From start to finish. Despite this, I have so much energy for what I do, and I think this goes a long way to compensate for what I lack.
I would be interested in how you feel about talent, Im sure there are some strong opinions out there.


Leath said...

Hey Alex,

nice post. I'm missing having time for creativity at the moment.

The guys who seem to do it with ease are definitly inspiring, but I find the people that I look up to the most are the ones who have battled to get to where they are. They really show the fruits of their labour and give me confidence that one day I might get there too.

Some of them are my mates as well.

Jordan said...

Hey man,
I think alot of what you are describing is consistent with alot of people (i would even venture to say most!)

Alot of the factors at play are issues of:
confidence - the ability to trust that something good will come out and to cut down on too much negative mental dialogue. how many times have we been able to draw better AFTER a compliment or worse AFTER a critism..

approach - going in with a strong idea about what is going to come out the other end is one way, going in with no idea is another, but going in stressed that whatever you do is crap is not going to do alot for the drawing/animation/model..

company - i find that the company i keep impacts what i do alot, if you are part of a collective where everybody is critical and negative and alround gloomy, likely enough that is going to impact on your work, whereas if you surround yourself with enthusiastic collaborators with an attitude of learning that really helps.

its always nice to hear that others suffer from a similar predicament to me

peace out

LaLa said...

Dear Alex,

This post really resonates with me. I often feel like a talentless failure in comparison to those in my field - especially since I've dropped it all for a year overseas. I feel like I've fallen behind. There is always going to be someone who is better than you at what you do but I think when you're passionate about something and you fight through the doubt, it makes the end result all the more sweeter. If it makes you feel better - I am extremely jealous of your talent - not only of your art work and animation skills - but do you realise how honestly wonderful your writing skills are?

Keep battling Alex -

x La