Here is a pitch we created for Nickelodeon that was ultimately turned down, but it gives you a glimpse into our pre-production process. The entire animatic phase is done completely in flash, so we are left with very little guess work in the layout stage. We also did all the scratch audio and music in house.
The visuals of both the desolate Antarctic and the ever-morphing alien creatures in THE THING were envisioned long before the movie was shot. Extensive storyboards were drawn by artist Michael Ploog so that all the departments of the production were on the same page in their preparation for the shoot. This is nothing new…but the similarity between the storyboards and the final imagery shot by legendary DP Dean Cundey is staggering. Storyboards are often only a guide, but in this film they were so specifically rendered that they became gospel. The detail and artistry of Ploog’s work up front, allowed the crew to have clear and defined goals on those frigid shooting days in both Alaska and Canada.
Layout/Pre-Visualization Artist for 12 Nickelodeon's Monsters Vs. Aliens Episodes.
As Layout Artist, I worked setting up sequences, all CG Layout camera work, props and set dressing, character staging and blocking. Required to produced work in a fast speed, dealing with tight television deadlines.