Storyboards: Motion In Art, 3rd Edition

Storyboards: Motion In Art – 3rd Edition is a step-by-step breakdown of the drawing, production and business of storyboards, discussing in detail what storyboards are, how and why they are used, and how to get started and flourish as a storyboard artist.
Using new exercises, new interviews, real-life examples of working in the entertainment industry, and many sample drawings, this book teaches you how to:

  • Develop and improve your boards
  • Work with directors
  • Sketch boards
  • Color boards
  • Develop your resume and portfolio
  • Market your talent
  • Use computers to create and improve a storyboard
  • Boards for gaming

A new multi-artist storyboard experiment shows how different artists interpret the same scene, allowing readers to compare the different visions each artist can bring to a production. Storyboard samples show rare glimpses into the hidden production of some favorite films and tv shows.

  • Over 20 new chapters
  • 1,100 new images
  • 380 pages
  • Now in full COLOR.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – What Are Storyboards?

Chapter 2 – Getting Started
Chapter 3 – What It Takes to Be a Storyboard Artist
Chapter 4 – Education
Chapter 5 – Materials
Chapter 6 – Benefits to Production

Chapter 7 – Drawing Quick Thumbnail Storyboards
Chapter 8 – Sketching Perspective
Chapter 9 –Final Storyboard Art and Clean-up
Chapter 10 – Storyboard Coloring
Chapter 11 – Presentation Boards versus Production Boards
Chapter 12 – Live-Action Boards
Chapter 13 – Animation Boards
Chapter 14 – Gaming And Multimedia Boards
Chapter 15 – Live-Event and Theme-Park Boards
Chapter 16 – Laser-Show Boards
Chapter 17 – Comps
Chapter 18 – Animatics
Chapter 19 – Previz
Chapter 20 – Styles
Chapter 21 – Directing Shots
Chapter 22 – Working with Directors
Chapter 23 – Screen Direction
Chapter 24 – Staging and Composition
Chapter 25 – References and Research
Chapter 26 – Illustrated Camera Techniques
Chapter 27 – Numbering
Chapter 28 – Contrast and Mood
Chapter 29 – Special Effects
Chapter 30 – Conceptual Illustration
Chapter 31 – Computers and Software
Chapter 32 – Tricks of the Trade
Chapter 33 – Presentation and Delivery

Chapter 34 – Résumés
Chapter 35 – Portfolios
Chapter 36 – Education and Skills
Chapter 37 – How I Got Started
Chapter 38 – Who Hires Storyboard Artists?
Chapter 39 – Finding a Job
Chapter 40 – Prepping for Each Job
Chapter 41 – How Productions Work
Chapter 42 – What Producers Look For
Chapter 43 – Pricing
Chapter 44 – Estimating
Chapter 45 – Billing Practices
Chapter 46 – Licensing
Chapter 47 – Trade Practices
Chapter 48 – Format
Chapter 49 – Agents and Artist Reps
Chapter 50 – Unions
Chapter 51 – Business Aspects

Chapter 52 – Alex Saviuk: Storyboard Artist/​Comic Book Artist
Chapter 53 – Mark Moore: ILM Vice President, Senior Executive in Charge of Production, and Former Storyboard Artist
Chapter 54 – Sean Cushing: Executive Producer, Pixel Liberation Front
Chapter 55 – Josh Hayes: Director/​Producer/​Storyboard Artist/​Art Director
Chapter 56 – Tim Burgard: Storyboard Artist
Chapter 57 – Woody Woodman: Animated Feature Film Storyboard Artist
Chapter 58 – Lyle Grant: Commercial Storyboard Artist
Chapter 59 – Jeff Dates: Creative Director of Janimantion

Chapter 60 – Exercise 1: Dogfight
Chapter 61 – Exercise 2: High Fall
Chapter 62 – Exercise 3: Outlines
Chapter 63 – Exercise 4: Special Effects Matte Shots
Chapter 64 – Exercise 5: TV Western
Chapter 65 – Exercise 6: Commercial
Chapter 66 – Exercise 7: Animation/​Cartoon

Chapter 68 – Experiment

“How to Draw” Books
“Making of” Books
“Art of” Books
Special Effects
The Screenplay
Online References
Reference Books
Architecture and Interiors
Resource Guides



Photo Gallery

Sample page from Board Comps chapter.

Sample page from the Benefits of Storyboards chapter.

Storyboard samples.

Page from Visual Design chapter.

Page from Visual Design chapter.


“This is by far the best (of the very few) books on storyboarding available. It is clear, concise, has plenty of illustrations, and even addresses the business side of storyboarding for movies, television, and commercials.”
– Max McCoy

“This book is an excellent tool for both the novice and the seasoned, old grizzled vet like me.”
– Steve Lawton

“You know I got interested in Storyboarding thanks to you back in 2007 When I purchased one of your books during film school. Its been a wild ride so far. Ups and Downs as you know I’m sure. But happy with my current job over at Bad Robot… Man this place is crazy man. Its like an Adult Creative Fun House mixed with a cool nerdy sci fi vibe…. I LOVE IT! But yes next time your in LA please let me buy you lunch, or maybe come have lunch with me in Bad Robot. Stay in touch Storyboard JediMaster.. for I am one of your Storyboard Padawans 😉 lol”
-Joe Mason

“I just had to tell you I used your book as my text when I taught storyboarding at Columbia College-:)”
– Renee Reeser Zelnick

“I know that Renee is much more attractive than I am (:P), but your book Storyboards in Motion (3rd Edition) is my Bible for boards, I have learned a great deal from it, I hope to look for any new additions and keep growing from it. And the “pricing” for all budgets helps tremendously. (Now if I could find a client that pays scale :/).”
– Marco Velasquez

“Thank you. Without your books, CD’s and online help I never would have been able to make: short 2d films, start my own production company, make contacts for deals,pitch TV epidsodes, and much more.”
-Rick Solomon
Animate For The Cel Of It Productions.

Storyboard Forms.

You can request FREE storyboard forms here. There are 25 total files in the ZIP file which will be sent to you. Of those, there are 5 different storyboard forms, each saved in 4 different formats: AI (Adobe Illustrator), CDR (CorelDRAW 10), JPG and PDF. The TV Storyboard Form – 3 up is also included as a PSD (Adobe Photoshop) file with all the levels pre-built for you. You can use this as a template to make PSDs of the other formats if you wish. Also included is a Storyboard Invoice in three formats. The last file is a TXT file containing the text of this message. If you don’t see a form below, you may have to turn off your browsers pop-up blocker.

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