Head over to our FAMOUS WORK section to see the work Famous Frames did for this year's Super Bowl!
Head over to our FAMOUS WORK section to see the work Famous Frames did for this year's Super Bowl!
Famous Frames would like to congratulate all of the talented artists who were honored at the 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild Awards.
The awards took place before an audience of more than 1,000, including guild members, industry executives and press. ADG President NELSON COATES and Art Directors Council Chair MARK WORTHINGTON presided over the awards ceremony with comedian JOHNATHAN FERNANDEZ serving as host. Returning again as producers of this year's ADG Awards (#ADGawards) were Production Designers THOMAS A. WALSH, ADG, and THOMAS WILKINS, ADG. The guild debuted its new award category Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Film and Pixar’s Coco was the first recipient of this award.
Full list of winners below.
Fantasy Feature Film
Blade Runner 2049 — Dennis Gassner
Period Feature Film
The Shape of Water — Paul Denham Austerberry
Contemporary Feature Film
Logan — François Audouy
Animated Feature Film
Coco — Harley Jessup
One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series
Game of Thrones (HBO): “Dragonstone,” “The Queen`s Justice,” “Eastwatch” — Deborah Riley
One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu): “Pilot, Offred,” “Birth Day,” “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum” — Julie Berghoff
Television Movie or Limited Series
Black Mirror (Netflix): “USS Callister” — Joel Collins
Half-Hour Single-Camera Series
GLOW (Netflix): “Pilot,” “The Wrath of Kuntar,” “The Dusty Spur” — Todd Fjelsted
Will & Grace (NBC): “Eleven Years Later,” “A Gay Olde Christmas” — Glenda Rovello
Variety or Competition Series/Awards or Event Special
Portlandia (IFC): “Portland Secedes,” “Ants,” “Fred`s Cell Phone Company” — Schuyler Telleen
Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial
Star Wars Battlefront II: “Rivalry / PS4” — Jason Edmonds
Oscar-winning Production Designer RICK CARTER (Avatar, StarWars: The Force Awakens) presented KATHLEEN KENNEDY (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial) with the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award following a filmed salute to the eight-time Academy Award®-Nominee and President of Lucasfilm. The William Cameron Menzies Award honored Disney’s Oscar®-nominated animation filmmakers RON CLEMENTS and JOHN MUSKER (Moana, Hercules, Aladdin) and was presented by ANIKA NONI ROSE (Dreamgirls, The Princess and The Frog), who thrilled the audience with her vocal performance of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.” A special Leadership Award was bestowed upon International IATSE President MATTHEW D. LOEB by ADG Executive Director CHUCK PARKER.
Fall is beautiful, and it’s a season well represented in the commercial arts. It brings a visible change to the world around us. From the colorful weather to the food we eat, the clothes we wear and of course, the celebrations. Throughout Famous Frames’ long history, our artists have created so many pieces that truly capture the magic of November. Join us as we take a look at some of the highlights.
While we may miss the summer sun, it's nice to cozy up in jackets, boots and scarves. Check out this glam gal by Nob Yamashita.
The Changing of the Seasons
Oh, the magic of the autumn leaves! Poets have written about it, singers have sung of it, and Kensuke Okabayashi has drawn this enchanting image.
The United States Presidential election occurs every four years on the first Tuesday of November. Last year, Fred Fassberger threw this one into the ballot box.
From Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Michelangelo's The Last Judgement, art has a long and storied history in relation to controversy. In modern times, we've been witness to a new art-controversy... Commerce and coffee!
Starbucks has been producing new holdiay cups for the past 20 years. Some have come and gone with little commotion, while others have drawn the ire of conservatives for what has been seen as a secular design scheme that fails to properly represent Christmas. Below we can see a past holiday cup design drawn by Robert Kalafut.
Since 1952, the day following Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of the country's holiday shopping season. In this photo frame by Peter Vu, we see a mall with shoppers hoping to take advantage of some Black Friday deals.
Of course, no November tribute would be complete without proper Thanksgiving coverage. On this day we celebrate family, friends, food, football, spirits... did I mention food? Here's a look at some Thanksgiving work our artists have done over the years.
ExxonMobil’s new campaign shows how clean energy is created by capturing carbon dioxide molecules from a power plant’s emissions before they reach the atmosphere while also generating power.
Easy to understand right? ...We didn't think so either! That's why ExxonMobil Scientist Tim Barckholtz and Famous Frames worked together on this campaign to show what's really happening:
Vinny Dellay worked closely with director Christian Webber to create the shootingboards for the spot:
While artist Vinny was tasked with creating the storyboards, Evan Yarbrough's art (and hand!) was featured in the actual spot itself in the whiteboard illustrations:
And finally, a behind-the-scenes look with Evan at what went into creating the whiteboarding featured in the spot:
To see more of how Famous Frames can help elevate campaigns in ways that are outside of the box, check out these categories:
Have you ever wondered if your city has disturbing hidden secrets from the past?
What if those things were still going on right now as we speak?
What if you were confronted with the truth and had no choice but to face it or die?
Written and illustrated by Alex himself, this sensational story is the first book of a trilogy about government greed to the max and how it horribly backfires. Journey along with a hilarious and fun-loving family as they discover this government secret which is deeply embedded in their quiet City of Little Hill. What they see next can only be described as hidden pandemonium!
The much anticipated arrival of Destiny 2 finally came today, September 6, 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a Microsoft Windows version scheduled for release on October 24. Destiny 2 is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision.
Famous Frames artists Micah Brenner and Shane Carrington spent several months at Bungie Studios in Seattle working with Bungie’s team. Micah, who also worked on the first Destiny game, said, "Bungie's cinematics team was amazing to work with – the Destiny franchise has some of the greatest art and artists around, and I'm proud I got to contribute.”
A sequence of Micah Brenner's storyboards of cinematics from the game.
Shane Carrington's storyboards of one of the lead characters, Cayde-6, taking on a big baddie. Of his work on Destiny 2, he said, “It was exciting to work on a massive gaming franchise that so many people enjoy.”
Destiny 2 features the same three character classes of the original Destiny; which Micah also worked on along with fellow Famous Frames artist, Drew Pierce.
Drew Pierce's storyboards of an Exo in action.
Creating the boards for Destiny was extra fun for these artists because each class has their own specific upgrades, perks, special abilities, and two sub-classes that allow players to finely tune their individual characters to provide a different style. After choosing a class, players select one of three species for their character: Human, Awoken or Exo. There is a unique artistic aspect as players involved can then customize their character, opting to change gender or skin color. A character's species is only cosmetic and does not affect gameplay.
In addition to storyboarding Destiny 2, Famous Frames artists have a rich history creating key art and promotions for a variety of video games. Jeremiah Wallis worked on to promotions for Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege, Lidat Troung has worked on several games, most recently Call of Duty. Charles Ratteray has worked on Concept Art for Assassin's Creed, and recently Amazon.com's game version of the film Dunkirk. Click an image below to see more!
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Famous Frames artist Charles Ratteray teamed up with Amazon.com and the film Dunkirk to create a unique action-adventure game. For Destination: Dunkirk, an Amazon Alexa Skill, Charles was tasked with creating the art for 3 different immersive stories: Infantryman, Tank Commander, and RAF Pilot. In the game, you get to play a “Tommy,” a British soldier, during the Battle of France.
Charles says, "The project was super exciting to engage with. I thoroughly enjoyed designing action setups for the game, fashioning characters and WW2 tanks and aircraft to exist within the scenes."
"Several rounds of thumbnails were done to create strong, illustrative jump points for the final layered artwork..."
"...All the panels were layered for simple animations: foreground, middleground, and background. The final product Amazon created for the Dunkirk games was amazing!"
Click Here to play the game and check out more of Charles Ratteray's amazing art from Destination: Dunkirk.
Do you want to draw for a living?
I am the first person to advocate anyone taking on a creative career. However, if you want to make money at it, expanding your professional creative side is a first step to finding a rep and seeing art as a business.
I get where you’re coming from.
As an artist myself, I was fortunate to come from a creative home. Not just creative, but one that centered around the advertising business. And what is advertising all about? Selling. Never forget your ABC’s. Always Be Closing.
With a degree from School of Visual Arts, raised in the advertising mecca (New York City), and moving to the movie mecca (Los Angeles) to design events, creatures and sets for movies, I earned years of experience as a paid artist myself. This is my foundation of understanding where you are coming from and how to get you to the next level. With my passion of helping and developing the careers of other artists, I’ve been an artist agent now for 15 years.
I represent professional sketch and storyboard artists, and concept illustrators in the Film, Fashion, Television, Video Game and Advertising industries. When our clients need to sell an idea, they need strong visual development to support it. That may require the creation of a creature, a layout for a cat food ad, solving a car chase scene or simply rendering a box of cereal from a particular camera angle in a mid century mod kitchen.
Want to get my attention for representation?
In one average week of work I will receive an estimated 25 portfolios. Behind those portfolios are numerous artists looking for a way to get paid professionally for their art and illustration via an agent. Not many make the cut. Want to know why?
To answer that question, I’ve compiled seven basic errors that I see everyday.
#1 – BAD FIRST IMPRESSION
Your first impression is your email. Be concise, and please make sure there are no typos! Nothing is more contradictory than telling me in a letter how precise and detail oriented you are with grammatical errors, wrong attentions/company name and typos everywhere. It is a huge pet peeve of mine. On that topic, I am not looking for an administrative assistant, so emailing with adjectives about how great you are is a waste of our collective time.
That being said, please don’t send me a 500 word document on yourself. We both have work to do, and the first thing I am going to look at is your art. I will come back to know more about you if interested. All I need to know is:
Have you worked in the industry? How long? Who are some of your clients?
How do I reach you? Is there a clear phone number and email? Where are you located? Remember, you want to hook me, not lull me to sleep with your life story at first glance.
#2 - NOT SELLING ME ON YOUR ART
Just like the advertising world, you want to brand and sell yourself with your art and images. You want to make it easily accessible. I don’t have time to download zip files, or go through unorganized PDF’s. I don’t want to get to a website that I have to put in passwords or click though eight categories to see what I represent.
What should you do? Include a page in your simple query email with key images that align with what we represent along with a (easy) link to see more.
MAKE IT CLEAR AND EASY.
Otherwise, You lose me after a few seconds. Make them count.
#3 - NOT KNOWING YOUR AUDIENCE
Perhaps I should have started with this. What does the agent /agency you are contacting do? What is their key focus? Who are their clients? If I represent storyboard artists, don’t send me your sculptures. If I don’t sell it, don’t send it. Research rules. Did you look at our website? Did you review the kind of artists we represent? Does your style look like everyone else’s? Perhaps you have a different look that stands you apart, but you understand the key elements of what is needed to work with clients? Great, but know whom you are selling to. That takes me to #4.
#4- NOT KNOWING WHAT WE DO
Wow. If you have to ask us what we do, that question gives me numerous insights on who you are. You don’t do your homework, and you don’t value my time. If you are just getting out of art school and think the world is your teacher, WAKE UP! You are calling a business. One with busy professional people trying to get their artists work. If you want to know more about storyboarding, the internet is there: Books, blogs, You-tube, your school’s website, classes and tutorials. Please do not call an agency asking how you should get into the business. As much as I want to help every artist, I did not receive your tuition check. Respect people’s time. Don’t expect us to do your homework, that’s not professional.
#5 - NOT KNOWING YOUR COMPETITION
An Agency website contains all your allies and well as your competition. It takes a true person to look at their work and honestly say to themselves “can I compete with that?” Self-confidence is amazing, but knowing your limits is just as important. Everyone wants to start at the top. If you know you have potential, but know you need to develop more to compete, maybe finding an artist’s agency that launches entry-level artists is the key. There is no fault in starting there, gaining the skills and career momentum to work your way up. Perhaps all you need is a year of hard work to build experience and a winning portfolio to give a great first impression.
#6- NOT BEING HONEST
Just about everyone tells a little white lie to get in the door. However, showing us someone else’s work is unethical and will get you nowhere. What are you going to do when you are booked on a job and can’t produce? This industry is smaller than you think and a bad reputation flies faster than a good one. If one doesn't have a large body of work to show, I would rather see someone build up a portfolio from recent TV commercials they boarded out. That shows me that while they may not have the experience, they have the drive. That’s what I am really looking for. You don’t have to always have the experience behind you, but if you have the skill, my job is to book you and get the experience.
#7 - NOT FOLLOWING UP
Most of the time, if an agent has not reached out, they are not interested at that time. If you think your skills are comparable to the ones represented and you have not heard back from the agency, there is no harm in reaching out to check in. I do not recommend calling every week, however. Call once, let them know you are following up and let them know you will send your portfolio again after the call. Remember, you are simply following up, not using it as an opportunity to ask them a hundred questions.
Everyone makes mistakes. The great thing about being an artist is being able to invent yourself. I don’t care if you went to the best art school or university or if you’re self-taught and figured everything out yourself (I have both talents on my roster).
As an artist’s agent, I care about serving my clients and connecting them with the best creatives to get the job done. Avoid the errors others have made, you will have a better shot at getting an agent.
Vice President - Famous Frames Inc.
Head over to our Famous Work page to take a look at the work we did for this year's Super Bowl!
We are always looking for exciting ways to convey the breadth of contributions Famous Frames artists provide throughout the advertising and entertainment industry. By highlighting some of the 2017 Golden Globe Award nominees, we explore the broad spectrum of avenues Famous Frames artists engaged for these critically acclaimed projects.
Famous Frames exclusive roster of artists aid production in a variety of art formats. From concept development for photo shoots, credit sequencing, key art for print and on-air marketing and of course, what we are famous for, traditional shooting boards. Be it for creative brainstorming or on air viewing, if you are seeing it - art helped bring the vision to the screen. Here’s a behind the scenes look at how.
For Mozart in the Jungle, nominated for best series-Musical or Comedy, Famous Frames artist Renee Reeser worked to create key art for Amazon’s marketing campaign. Renee also worked on the marketing campaign for HBO’s Divorce, for which Sarah Jessica Parker earned a best actress nomination. For the same show, artist Darek Gogol worked with the VFX team, concepting a version of the show’s title sequence.
Renee Reeser's key art for Mozart in the Jungle:
Renee Reeser's concept art for Divorce:
Darek Gogol's concept art for Divorce:
Artist Jonathan Gesinski worked with the production team of The People v. O.J. Simpson a Golden Globe winner for Best Television Limited Series. Jonathan worked with pre-production creatives to design hair and wardrobe for key characters, John Travolta’s Robert Kardashian and Cuba Gooding Jr’s O.J. Simpson.
Jonathan Gesinski's concept art for The People v. O.J. Simpson:
Another great example of the diversity of our artistic reach can be found with Game of Thrones, nominated for best TV series, Drama. This hugely successful franchise branched into a number outlets like this digital video game. Take a look at these concept frames by Jeremiah Wallis.
Jeremiah Wallis' concept art for Game of Thrones:
Storyboarding out a sequence allows a director to communicate their vision to the actors and the crew. This can be witnessed in this scene Famous Frames artist Jarid Boyce created for the Showtime hit Ray Donovan, for which Liv Schreiber was nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series-Drama.
Jarid Boyce's storyboards for Ray Donovan:
Black-ish was nominated for best Television Show Series, Comedy-Musical. Additionally, Tracey Ellis Ross won the best actress Globe for her performance in the show. Here is some promotional art and shooting boards Mercer Boffey worked on for the ABC production.
Mercer Boffey's shooting boards for Black-ish:
Indie-pop band Young Rising Sons paired with Famous Frames to create a unique and customized roll out for their new single “Undefeatable.”
Rob Gross, Marketing Director at Interscope Records contacted Famous Frames and proposed the outside-of- the-box marketing campaign that would hire 3 artists and pair each artist with a band member. Once the band and the label agreed that Doug Brode, Drew Pierce and Evan Yarbrough were right for the assignment, they jumped right in. The artists were given a storyline for each band member and created 20 rough sketches to illustrate the narrative of the song. After going over the designs with the band and the team from Interscope, the artists polished up the work and it was ready to be rolled out. The band then unveiled a still for each member on social media, 1 per day (3 members, 20 days) to tell the story of “Undefeatable.”
Each band member was paired with an artist:
Andy with Evan
Julian with Drew
Steve with Doug
“When we became involved in this project,” says Famous Frames agent Pamela Gross, “ I knew it would be crucial to have artists that were self directed take on this job.” When asked to comment on his experience Evan said “I worked in the music industry for almost a decade, so it was fun to get creative with a band again. Their ideas and conceptual input differs vastly from film and TV people, which makes for a refreshing change of pace. Also, Andy was hilarious and easy to work with, hopefully we’ll be having a beer next time they’re in town.” Additionally, Drew said "It was a blast working with fellow artists from a completely different discipline. They were so enthusiastic to collaborate and come up with something special. Their positive energy was contagious."
For this year's back-to-school campaign, Target tapped kids to steer their back-to-school production. They did let one adult work on the project- hiring artist David Larks to create storyboards and animatics that would assist the teen directors in bringing their visions to life.
Here is a behind the scenes look at the making of the campaign: BACK TO SCHOOL
David created the art and animation for the following spots:
CAT & JACK
“Kids and families are incredibly important to Target, and just as parents recognize the potential in their kids, Target does too,” said Jeff Jones, chief marketing officer, Target. “We were inspired to work even more closely with kids after seeing the difference they made in the development of our new Cat & Jack and Pillowfort lines. Now, we're taking things a step further, allowing kids to put their mark on Target’s community giving and marketing campaign for the back-to-school season. Both are not only inspired by kids, but completely created by kids. Kids didn’t just help with our school-bound efforts, they led them! Take our TV commercials for example: three kid directors oversaw the production, seven kid writers put the stories together, kid illustrators brought the sets to life and a group of girls from the band L2M performed all the music. Simply put, the kids ran the show." Take a peek at what went on behind the scenes of the first totally kid-driven marketing campaign.
David Larks and family are proof of the saying ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’. Upon learning that Target's campaign was run by teens, David’s daughter, Cambria Larks 15, an aspiring fashion designer, was hired as a stylist. She was tasked with picking out the outfits for the shoot along with making sure there was continuity with the on camera wardrobe. Cambria had previously appeared on Project Runway Threads as a Jr. Fashion Designer when she was only 13 years old. Next week Cambria, along with a few other kids involved are being flown to NY to appear on the Today Show, which will air 8/6!
Watch the Today Show feature HERE
See some of Cambria's work below.
Famous Frames Artist Sean Chen, a storyboard artist known for his commercial and comic work, recently worked along side Marvel and Audi on a spot featuring the Avengers. His job: the penciler.
Once the script had been finalized, Sean stepped in to bring the text to life.
When asked how the frames are conceptualized from the script, Sean stated, “Ultimately, the story determines the composition within those panels, while taking into consideration the special constraints of comics as a medium. Comics are handicapped by not having movement or sound which usually are important elements that clue you in to what exactly is going on in the story.”
For this piece, Sean drew rough sketches and established the locations and proportions of characters, places, and objects within the frame, and once finished, we have an extraordinary frame that provides clear direction, interesting action, and the beautiful visuals we’ve come to expect.
Sean concluded saying, “This visual storytelling ability is the most important skill that a comic book artist brings to the table. Composing a scene in comics is quite different from how it would be handled in film. We really have to be expert visual storytellers.”
Check out the work below and let us know what you think!
Category: Comic Book
Virtual Reality (VR), once a figment of human imagination, has become an accessible form of entertainment due to virtual reality headsets such as Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and PSVR. Famous Frames artists Rudi Liden and Philippe Collot have shared their insight as to how drawing virtual reality storyboards differs from the norm and the future of storyboarding.
Virtual reality is an immersive experience that takes video gamers to a new dimension. Whereas previous video games create a two or three-dimensional world in which users can progress within their favorite quests, VR takes the players inside the game by stimulating their sense of vision, hearing, touch, and even smell. Currently, VR is marketed for entertainment purposes – specifically video games – using virtual reality headsets or goggles. Despite its popularity amongst video gamers, VR is on track to benefitting several other major industries, such as cost efficient educational training/on-the-job learning and advancing medical practices. However, in our industry, it all starts with an idea and a storyboard.
Rudi Liden most recently created a VR storyboard for a commercial project that would take its viewers on a ride from downtown L.A. to the TLC Chinese Theatre; Philippe Collot created an instructional video game tackling the subject of drinking and driving. Though the subject matter is different for each project, the artists share similar experiences.
“A decision has to be made about how you want to use the frame because technically, the far right and left side of the frame touch, and represent the space directly behind you,” said Liden. “For the commercial [of the trip to the theatre], I extended the frame and did my best to capture about 180 degrees.” Liden explained that the broader visuals in turn require more time and may even look strange when compared to more traditional storyboards.
Collot added, “the client wants to make sure the camera has a wide range of action, either by going left or right and up and down. So, the images are wider to show the 180° angle or the 360° angle.”
When asked how the brief was different, Liden shared, “Aside from goggles being handed around the table, there were a handful of considerations that needed to be problem-solved, namely narrative. Who’s the [point of view] belong to?”
Since VR mirrors what the human eye sees – from focus to peripherals – practicing the ability to capture and accurately recreate a 180° to 360° image would be another beneficial “tool” a storyboard artists could add to their tool belt. Collot commented, “It is useful when artists have used goggles like the Google Cardboard and they know about the GoPro camera, 3D camera and 360° camera.”
When asked their thoughts on the future of VR changing the storyboard industry, Collot shared, “I don’t think that [VR] will change storyboarding, aside from bringing in more work.” Collot reiterates that all storyboarding is 2D. “The narrative is going to be conveyed with a chain of images that will be linked by arrows. Which means that a storyboard will probably need more frames and also some master layouts that show the environment where the 3D or 360° camera would be moving around. So, [the more frames to be done] might be good news for storyboard artists. We’ll see.”
Liden concluded, “the most obvious player in the VR world is going to be video games for the next few years. It’s exciting, fun, and immersive in ways that traditional film and TV are not. The overall potential, however, may change entertainment forever.”
For over 25 years, Famous Frames has provided agencies and production companies with the visual elements needed to ace pitches and create award winning productions. In addition to storyboards and illustrations, Famous Frames offers visual research and layout design. We realize this is a crucial need in the industry, and Famous Frames has the highest quality artists to provide the best visual research and design.
Our treatment artists offer Layout Service, Visual Research, Copy Writing and Editing.
We offer the highest talent at reasonable rates. The complete package!
In this first spot, Famous Frames storyboard artist Shane Carrington worked with Smuggler on ‘The Party’ for Amazon Echo.
In this hit spot, artist Philippe Collot drew storyboards featuring Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen for Caviar’s ‘The Bud Light Party’.
In this beautiful Acura NSX spot ‘What He Said,’ Philippe Collot shows his skill with great concept art and storyboards for a WHITELABEL product.
A big crowd pleaser is this ‘Bounty of Earth’ spot that Victor Gatmaitan worked on for Avocados From Mexico with GSD&M.
A star in the comic book world- Sean Chen showed off his skills for this ‘Mini Marvel’ Coke spot for Wieden & Kennedy.
For this adorable Hyundai Elantra spot ‘The Chase,’ Hugo Dipietro created these boards for InnOcean.
Kevin Hart comically stalked his daughter’s date in this Hyundai Genesis spot boarded by Philippe Collot.
Storyboard Artist Lidat Truong worked with Omelet to create these Pokemon ‘Train On’ boards.
For this funny Squarespace campaign, Doug Brode worked with Caviar on ‘Real Talk with Key & Peele’.
Philippe Collot also worked on this Honda spot ‘A New Truck to Love’ for RPA.
Famous Frames exclusive roster of artists service a variety of clients in the entertainment industry. From layouts for photo shoots, concept illustration for print and on-air marketing to event renderings and of course, what we are famous for traditional shootingboards for movies and television. Highlighting some of the 2016 Golden Globe Award nominees, we capture the broad spectrum of contributions our artists make in these critically acclaimed projects.
With 2 nominations for best television series - musical or comedy & best performances by an actress in a television series musical or comedy we have HBO’s VEEP. Famous Frames artist David Larks was called on to concept key art frames for the network to be used for promotion of the show.
David Lark's key art frames for VEEP:
In the Best Original Song Category, “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey, film storyboard artist Vincent Lucido worked closely with the director to evoke the heat between the lead characters.
Vincent Lucido's sequence from Fifty Shades of Grey:
Darek Gogol's storyboards for Fast & Furious 7:
Collin Grant's storyboards for Fast & Furios 7
The Hateful Eight nominated for Best Screenplay as well as grabbing the win for best original score, had artist Shari Wickstrom paired with a top entertainment marketing company to deliver a variety of sketches that would be turned into posters for the film.
Shari Wickstom's poster art for The Hateful Eight:
Orange Is the New Black was nominated for Best Television series- musical or comedy. Prior to Orange Is the New Black season 3 premiere, Netflix announced “OrangeCon,” the invitation only event in which fans could meet the dramedy’s cast members, hear panel discussions and more. Famous Frames artist Peter Vu created experiential renderings for the New York City premiere event.
Peter Vu's experiential designs:
Shootingboards by Mercer Boffey were brought to life for American Crime, nominated for Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Mercer worked with ABC to illustrate a difficult scene for one of the main characters (Alonzo). Mercer also drew a sequence of storyboards for the character “Barb” for which actress Felicity Huffman was nominated as best actress.
Mercer Boffey's American Crime storyboard:
Artist Mercer Boffey also worked on FOX’s Scream Queens with best actress nominee Jamie Lee Curtis, and How To get Away With Murder which honored Viola Davis with a best actress nomination.
Scream Queens storyboards by Mercer Boffey:
How To Get Away with Murder storyboards by Mercer Boffey:
Another Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series Drama nominee was Eva Green for her role as Vanessa in Show Times Penny Dreadful Famous Frames Artist Mike Deweese created these dreamy mood boards for the show.
Mood boards by Mike MeWeese for Penny Dreadful:
These nominees are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the work that Famous Frames artists create for the entertainment industry. To view more work take a look at our Famous Work and the Film and Television categories.
All of us at Famous Frames would like to thank the artists, clients and friends who have helped to make 2015 such a successful and fulfilling year! Wishing you a very happy holiday season.
-The Famous Frames Team
Target and 72andSunny take us all on a "Holiday Odyssey," with a magical campaign incorporating TV spots and an on-line children’s storybook narrated by actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Famous Frames artists David Larks, Denice Au, Lidat Truong, and Micah Brenner were enlisted by 72andSunny for preliminary storyboards and design development for the children’s book and the five TV spots which will be released throughout the holiday season. The Famous Frames artists had a blast bringing Minions, Lego people, Ninja Turtles, Barbie and Elmo to life.
In addition, Famous Frames artist Doug Brode worked on the production side with Interrogate and Method Studios storyboarding out director Misko Iho’s vision.
Storybook art by Lidat Truong and Denice Au:
Target Holiday Commercial 2015: Chapter 1 - The Journey Begins
Storyboards by David Larks and Lidat Truong:
Storyboards by Micah Brenner and David Larks:
Storyboards by David Larks:
Production boards by Doug Brode:
Famous Frames artist Chris Scalf brings a 14-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister to life in this 1 minute Star Wars inspired Duracell spot. These kids use the Force in a major way, wielding Duracell-powered lightsabers. This is one of several major ads we will see leading up to the Dec. 17 release of Star War: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.
In this spot the children fend off an onslaught of Stormtroopers on Yuletide morning brandishing Duracell-powered lightsabers. We are even treated to a cameo appearance from R2-D2 and C-3PO. The full spot will appear on YouTube, Hulu, Facebook, Twitter and various other venues, as well as in cinemas, where the movie-quality effects should really shine. Edits will run on shows such as Dr. Ken, Let's Make a Deal and The Price Is Right.
Artist, and Star Wars Super Fan Doug Brode created the storyboards that bring this PS4 Star Wars spot to life. Sony has released this commercial to headline its Holiday 2015 campaign.
Star Wars Battlefront is an upcoming PS4 multiplayer combat game. It is a reboot of the Star Wars Battlefront series, originally created by Pandemic Studios. Battlefront depicts massive multiplayer battles between online opponents and also supports some cooperative split-screen modes.
The advertisement for the game follows the life of two friends who grew up playing Star Wars, and reminds us all that we're about to have a chance to get back to the magic.
Storyboard artist Doug Brode enthused, “The most amazing commercial came out October 19th for PS4's Star Wars Battlefront, which I worked on for Park Pictures. Working on this spot was a dream come true! I actually canceled my anniversary trip to be a part of this truly special commercial”
The game Release Date is - November 17th, 2015
For more info visit EA.com.
It is doubtful that such a high profile platform of this nature for an illustrator has ever existed before. A 2 hour prime time, highly publicized, network Special focusing on the most publicized trial in American history that will use 24 full color illustrations by Famous Frames Artist Steve Werblun to visualize the majority of the story.
LMN will debut The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story, while sister network A&E will unveil O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes. Both two-hour programs — which are executive produced by American Tragedy author Lawrence Schiller, who was close to Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian — feature never-before-heard recordings and interviews. ABS Productions, the company who produced these 2 shows for A&E and LMN use Famous Frames artist Steve Werblun’s courtroom illustrations from both O.J. Simpson Trials, which he covered for a conglomerate of TV news stations. Most notably CNN and NBC News. Steve Weblun’s art served as the primary visuals for the sequences in these two programs that focus on the trial testimony and what actually occurred in the courtroom.
The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story promises insight into how Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman on Oct. 3, 1995. Steve is pleased to have renewed interest in his work saying, “I'm quite excited about my illustrations being used. Unlike a news story, the art is shot and edited cinematically”
Famous Frames artists bring fan stories to life with Verizon for National Comic Book Day. POW!
Here at Famous Frames we are doing everything we can to help Verizon celebrate a national comic book day Friday, September 25th. They are having several comic book artists including Famous Frames own Brandon Hamilton, David Hillman, Ed Traquino, Michael DeWeese and Paul Bonanno draw scenes created by fans who submit ideas via Twitter. If anyone is interested in this please go to Verizon's Twitter Page.
Left: Ed Traquino, Right: Michael DeWeese
Left: Paul Bonanno, Right: David Hillman
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Former Seinfeld writing alum Darin Henry reached out to Renee Reeser to draw the "Commercials" for SITCOMICS, a comic book company combining his love for sitcoms and comic books. Before joining forces with a successful sitcom writer, illustrator Renee Reeser's sole connection to the Seinfeld show was going bowling with Wayne Knight (Newman!) “Darin pitched SITCOMICS to me as ‘TV you Read.’ I was stoked and said sign me up.”
While 20 years of drawing for Television commercials is business as usual for this Famous Frames artist. Renee commented "Being a sketch artist and drawing sequential art daily on demand developed the skill needed to meet tight deadlines, whether it's for advertising, fashion, film or TV. Comic books are another way for me to use my powers for good instead of evil.”
Renee’s first collected ARCHIE comic books as a child. “It’s great to be working alongside Jeff Shultz of “Archie” and “Betty and Veronica” fame and folks like Sal Buscema (Hulk, The Avengers, Captain America), the legendary Ron Frenz, Glenn Whitmore and amazing triple threat animator/artist/director Steve E. Gordon, among others.”
Darin’s also written for Ellen Degeneres, Futurama and is currently writing and co-executive producing KC Undercover on the Disney Channel. To Check out the full color, 64 page SUPER SUCKERS #1 and THE BLUE BARON #1 and, go to SITCOMICS.net and find them on Facebook and Twitter.
EVEN IN THIS AGE OF DIGITAL DOMINATION - IT STILL ALL STARTS WITH THE ART! Famous Frames artists proved this with integral preliminary contributions. Here is a small sampling of some of the art that the Famous Frames artists contributed at this years 2015 E3 Convention.
Famous Frames Art at E3
One of the highlights of E3 Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event presentation started with puppet versions of Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime doing a Tarantino walk to the stage, then transforming into delightfully fuzzy Star Fox characters. These puppets looked incredible because the Nintendo Muppets were actually built by the Jim Henson Company, and the intro was directed by Jim Henson’s son, Brian Henson. Famous frames artist Drew Pierce worked very closely with the Henson team to bring this vision to life.
On Sept. 15, 2015, when the third expansion, The Taken King, will be released. At E3, the first slice of the expansion's new campaign was played.
Artists Micah Brenner and Drew Pierce worked with Bungie to create the stunning art fans of the Destiny franchise are accustom to seeing.
Jeremiah Wallis worked on to promotions for Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege, and this time it will have a few new game modes to play with instead of simply “kill everyone.” Hooray for that!
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Famous Frames artist Charles Ratteray is currently featured in DGA Magazine’s Drawing Board. Famous Frames represents artists world wide with Film and TV credits from Maleficent to TNMT. Check out the magnificent storyboards, that helped Joss Whedon visualize the epic Buffy The Vampire Slayer finale.
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Famous Frames artist Sean Chen was commissioned by Conde Nast to create this exquisite composition of the Television women we love and thier drink of choice. Learn what Homeland’s Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), The Mindy Project’s Mindy (Mindy Kaling), Scandal's Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Game of Thrones Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and others drink. Where do you fit in?
Famous Frames is best known for our storyboards for film, television and advertising. However, most people don’t realize the full breadth of production art services that we provide.
In honor of the 2015 HFPA’s Golden Globes, we’re focusing on the work that we have done for some of the 2015 Globe nominees in various stages of development, from concepting to marketing.
Artist Renee Reeser works with NBC on many projects. She even made an on air debut during The Voice drawing for a Kia Motor Spot. This year, for the 2015 Golden Globes, Renee provided key art concept sketches for the main event. This provided the producers with options for their execution of photo shoots and marketing materials. Drawing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler demonstrates Renee’s top tier skills in fashion and beauty as well as likenesses.
Big studio films go through a lot of changes in the preproduction process. Artist Darek Gogol, who boasts credits like The Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man and The Fast & The Furious, worked with Director Rob Marshall to create some of the initial imagery that was later seen in the final film product.
Another piece of the Famous Frames pie is working with networks and studios creating their on-air promotions. Artist Charles Rattaray has worked with FX on several of their in house promos like Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, and Golden Globe nominee Louie. His stylistic approach to these spots is what makes his art unique.
Gabriella Farkas provided the marketing art for the DVD and Blu-ray release of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2; She does a lot of work with fashion and beauty projects as well as character art. These beloved characters were created in black & white first, and then transformed to color.
So much of the work we do helps the director bring their vision to life. Artist Len Morganti is an excellent example of that! He’s done the storyboards for high profile Oscar winners like Argo and the Hunger Games, but he also works on unique projects like concepting art for The Book of Life’s Electronic Press Kit. A lot of this work is not seen by the public, but helps the production team plan their course of action. “I am just interpreting the director’s notes into a visual representation so that everyone in the crew can be on the same page,” Len says about his work.
We're very excited to be featured as one of the companies in SourceEcreative's article on Visual Effects and Animation. (Read below or click here to read the full article.)
Jennifer Warren, Artists Rep at Famous Frames, cites their agency’s contribution to McDonald’s “Bright Lights Big Mac” campaign as a good example of a brand’s utilizing a one-two approach to traditional media and new media. “Our artist, Michael DeWeese, was called on to design and create the final art for this graphic novel-inspired campaign,” she notes. (Read more about it here.)
“And Caesars Entertainment created a cinematic five-minute web short to promote Harrah’s Atlantic City casino, a project for which Famous Frames artist Peter Vu collaborated on visual development and created all the final art. So we’re seeing a convergence of influences to a lot of our work.”ce of influences to a lot of our work.”
This weekend more than 150,000 people traveled from all over the world to New York Comic Con. The event displayed movies, television, cartoons, magazines, gaming and all facets of fantasy, turning the Javits Center into a place where you can be with thousands of people who understand your language and references, no matter how obscure. Many also got to meet the people who created those comics, or portray the characters in film and television. Two Famous Frames artists, Sean Chen and Mike Deweese, were on the scene signing and promoting their work.
Sean Chen specializes in comic and graphic art. He began his career at Valiant Comics, penciling their flagship title, X-O Manowar, as well as Bloodshot, Harbinger and Rai and the Future Force. His debut book, RFF #9, sold over 900,000 copies. Sean frequently works with Marvel Comics, where he drew Iron Man for over three years. His other works include Wolverine, Elektra, and the maxi-series X-Men: The End.
Mike DeWeese was there promoting the comic supplement to the 2014 indie film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The film is being released in New York and Los Angeles on November 21, 2014. Director Ana Lily Amirpour has written a six-part comic series, which explores the titular Girl’s backstory, with art from Michael DeWeese. Comic publishers Radco will be selling the comics digitally through Comixology and then packaging them as a graphic novel, both digitally and in print form.
Here you can see artist Mike Deweese at Comic Con signing copies of A Girl walks Home Alone At Night.
Famous Frames artist Mike DeWeese played an integral part of this cool McDonald's Campaign targeting millennials, gamers and all the other night owls. The "Bright Lights Big Mac" campaign utilized traditional mediums along with social media, including the hash tag #MCDafterdark on all of their elements. This is a really neat case study of how it all came together. Targeting the Gamer demographic was clearly a very good move. McDonald's saw a 25% increase in the sale of Big Mac's within only 2 weeks of launching the campaign.
It’s no wonder that advertisers are honing in on the gaming demo. "Destiny", the new video game from the creators of the "Halo" franchise, is already setting industry records. Activision-Blizzard reported that the game hauled in more than $500 million on its first day, making it the industry's biggest new game franchise in history. Artist Drew Pierce created the storyboards that were featured in the epic spots.
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Guess who’s back? Back again? Music videos!
That’s who! It seems like the 2000’s brought the death of videos on what was previously the main place to see them: MTV. Lately though they have been back with a vengeance thanks to YouTube’s Vevo as well as other Internet formats designed for music videos. If there is any way to prove something is worthy in the entertainment biz- it is with an award show. So on the heels of last nights 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Famous Frames would like to highlight the videos that storyboard artists Rudi Liden, Doug Brode and Michael Lee worked on.
Another Video that is earning attention and even won The “Cutest Audience Cutaway” Award Is this video with Art from Rudi Liden. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora performed “Black Widow” at the event.
The “Cutest Cutaway” Refers to the camera cut to Charli XCX singing along to every word.
Famous Frames artist Doug Brode worked on what may prove to be the biggest break through of this new video hay day. Daphne Guinness’ sci-fi romp seems to be equal parts Flash Gordon and Flesh Gordon by way of Ziggy Stardust, Greta Garbo, and Nico. Directed by David LaChapelle and featuring costumes from Iris van Herpen, Noritaka Tatehana, and Guinness’s own personal collection.
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The Ninja Turtles are back in this live-action adventure film featuring the popular sewer-dwelling, reptile ninjas Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Raphael (Alan Ritchson) and their pal, roving reporter April (Megan Fox).
It has been seven years since the last TMNT film came out and this year Michael Bay has produced the latest live action version. The new film, starring Megan Fox, tells the story of four unlikely outcast brothers who rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as heroes. When darkness settles over New York City, the Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel the evil Shredder's plan.
While TMNT fans are excited about the films release, the fever is not limited to the movie. TMNT art is popping up all over. The iam8bit Art Gallery just had an event, ‘Cowabunga!! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Where artist from around the world created art celebrating the mean green fighting machines. Wes Louie created this piece for the event.
Artist Charles Ratteray was hired by Paramount to do the storyboards for the film. He worked closely with the films director Jonathan Liebesman as well as with the stunt department. Charles says that growing up with the Ninja Turtles influenced his style, so it was great to work on the film.
Comic-Con 2014 was AWESOME! There was so much cool stuff to see, from the Studios bringing the biggest films to the event, to a number of stars making special appearances. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" showcased a sneak preview, while Legendary announced its plans for a Skull Island film. Marvel showed off trailers for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy," called "Guardians," were screened to rave reviews.
There were TV premieres, teaser trailers, industry announcements, exhibits, installations, panel discussions and A-list appearances. The four-day ‘celebration of the popular arts’ now encompasses the full spectrum of geek culture, including horror, fantasy, anime, action, and video games! Comic con is now so well covered, that you can read all about Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan’s surprise appearance, and other big news anywhere online. We want to share our Famous Frames Agents' first experience at Comic Con!
When we first got to SDCC 2014, it became clear that the city was completely taken over by Comic Con. We made our way into the main exhibit hall and saw a bunch of crazy stuff! Some notable Displays were Marvel's Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Legos. When walking around, you will see people in all manner of costumes, like these two dressed as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. We were also able to make some valuable connections, making sure to slip a card to TMNT Michelangelo. Hot Wheels was showing off a very cool Darth Vader Car, and Tara's son Devon got up close and personal with a Lego Dude!
For Pam, a highlight of Comic Con was independent film makers showing off their stuff! There is a You Tube Movie called The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon that is a personal favorite of hers. She was thrilled to see the Director, Richard Gale, there and learn that he is in the process of making a Feature Film.
We also attended the Panel featuring IDW editors John Barber and Carlos Guzman, along with Michael Kelly, Hasbro's Director of Global Publishing, where they discussed all things IDW & Hasbro like Transformers! My Little Pony! G.I. Joe! Dungeons & Dragons! Then it was back to the main exhibit floor where we caught up with the Yuan Twins who were signing there new book SERVING SUPES with First Comics.
Hope to see you there next year!
Famous Frames artist Wes Louie worked with Wieden Kennedy Portland on some of the preliminary art for Nike's "Risk Everything" campaign. Wes’ work contributed to "The Last Game" which features an animated cast of soccer's biggest stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar da Silva Santos and Tim Howard as they contend with "perfect" soccer clones who "play it safe."
Artist Lidat Truong also worked on the Nike campaign with Wieden Kennedy, Portland providing key frames that appear in a number of the spots. These spots have racked up more than 75 million views, thanks to appearances from these World Cup standouts.
Artist Denice Au worked with DNA and gave a little thrill to Soccer fans worldwide with Samsung’s first complete Galaxy 11 promo video, showing an entire team of renowned players joining forces to play a football game against aliens who just happen to be football aficionados “visiting” Earth.
Micah Brenner worked with Skunk on this Visa spot, where Usain Bolt learns Portuguese, plays football with the kids on Copacabana beach, and even dances a little samba at a Rio street party.
Famous Frames Storyboard artist Micah Brenner has worked on not 1 but 2 films that are currently premiering in the 20th annual Los Angeles Film Festival. THE WELL and COMET.
Of the experience Micah says, "I'm beyond proud to have contributed to these two great directors' visions. Tom Hammock is a long time friend of mine, and seeing his tale come to life is a real victory. Both of these films were visually dynamic and my collaboration with these new directors and their phenomenally talented DP's was incredibly rewarding. Get out and see some cinema at LAFF: THE WELL and COMET."
Take a look at the film info as well as some art below!
Michal Brenner's art:
Directed By: Tom Hammock
Screenwriter: Jacob Forman
Producers: Seth Caplan, Chris Harding
Cinematographer: Seamus Tierney
Editors: Adam Wingard, Sarah Broshar
Music: Craig Deleon
Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart, Max Charles, Nicole Fox, Michael Welch, Jon Gries, Michael Massee, Rena Owen, Leo Lee, Barbara Crampton, Michael McCartney, Jacqueline Emerson
At the edge of a barren valley, all that remains of the Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings and the memories of Kendal, a seventeen-year-old girl who can barely recall when the valley was lush. It's been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Only Kendal and a few others remain, barely scraping by while dreaming of escape. When a gang leader named Carson lays claim to what little precious water remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for what little she has left in this post-apocalyptic thriller.
Micah Brenner's art:
Directed By: Sam Esmail
Screenwriter: Sam Esmail
Producers: Chad Hamilton, Lee Clay
Executive Producer: Steve Golin, Peter M. DeGeorge, Colin Bates
Cinematographer: Eric Koretz
Editor: Franklin Peterson
Music: Daniel Hart
Cast: Emmy Rossum, Justin Long
Hurtling back and forth in time over six years of a passionate, complicated relationship, this high-style love story crackles with brilliant repartee and simmers with true feeling. Emmy Rossum is the bright, skeptical Kimberly, and Justin Long is the tightly wound Dell. They first meet in a random encounter at Hollywood Forever, where they've both come to watch a meteor shower. It's the start of a romantic roller coaster ride that leaps from a Paris tryst to a squabble in New York to the Hollywood Hills, taking risky and unexpected emotional turns with daredevil aplomb.
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Famous Frames was featured in Source Creatives Special Feature: Diversity Matters- Highlighting Minority and Women Owned Businesses
"What we used to call a 'melting pot' has become the norm in our culture, and in advertising and production it's no different. Need proof? Our diverse roster of sponsors in this Special Feature spans the gamut of companies specializing in music, VFX, production, editorial and storyboard art. For example: animatic/storyboard experts Famous Frames exhibit their expertise in their pre-production work for Head and Shoulders that features Colombian bombshell Sofia Vergara..." - Halyce Naparstek
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Famous Frames artist Trevor Goring and good friend Aaron Sowd are featured in an excellent article by Michael Dooley for Printmag.com, Art for Comics and Storyboards: What's the difference?!
Film scripts give more latitude to tell the story the way the artist envisions it. A full comic script lays out every frame and the writer often chooses what frames are on the page. In a film script, the artist is the one who breaks down the script beats, visually.
I grew up with no TV, so when I discovered comics as a kid, they changed my life: they had both words and pictures. I started off reading all the Tintin and Asterix comics that I found at my local library, then I moved on to superhero comics.
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Yigit Isik of Youngsday.com was very impressed by a presentation at the Motion Pictures & Television and Illustration Departments of the San Francisco Academy of Art University by Famous Frames artist Steve Werblun. Steve spoke about his days as a courtroom Illustrator and the importance of a storyboard artist to a film production.
OJ Simpson Trial:
"Well Mr. Werblun made it clear that directing a movie and being the storyboard artist goes very much hand in hand, since storyboard artist (or artists, depending on the budget and the density of the action scenes of the movie) is the first one to visualize the script. The preproduction team, the art department starts to work and they come up with the locations, costumes, characters, visual elements let’s say. But what about the visual storytelling aspect, since what you have is merely a written script? That’s where storyboard artist, in collaboration with the director comes into play. The script says ‘The man in long coat shoots 12 shots in the dark’ and that’s it. The camera angles, character’s gestures, the composition, all is up to the director and the storyboard artist."
Boogie Town - Universal Pictures:
(left) Steve in his studio (right) Presenting at the San Francisco Academy of Art University:
Debra Kaufamn of CreativeCOW.net wrote a nice article about Famous Frames contribution to the premier episode of The Bridge:
Famous Frames agent Pamela Gross reached out to The Bridge showrunner Patrick Markey. "He got back to me needing a Spanish-speaking storyboard artist," she says. "They met with Rudi Liden and Eddy Mayer, who are both bilingual, and they liked them both and hired them both. Producers hire the storyboard artists for TV series, and sometimes they'll ask for a certain style or personality type. For FX Networks' The Bridge, they needed storyboard artists who understood shooting boards. Rudi, Eddy and Brad Vancata all understand camera movement and have a nice clean style." After the pilot, the relationship continued for the rest of the season.
"The Famous Frames storyboard artists we hired to help us visualize complicated sequences on our premier season of The Bridge were extremely helpful to us," says Markey. "They were creative, quick, smart, and pleasant to deal with, and their lack of self-importance was refreshing. I would go back to them in a minute on Season Two, should we find ourselves getting picked-up."
The ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design was created to align with ADC's mission to celebrate and inspire creatives in the industry.
Famous Frames sent Agent Noelle Fernandes and Artist Renee Reeser to Miami to hit the ADC festival this year.
As an art and creativity lover I was so inspired at the ADC Festival of Art & Craft in Advertising and Design. I had the pleasure to attend several workshops led by designers, educators and innovators in the Advertising and Design industry. Festival attendees were also privileged to see the premiere of InspirADCion short film series that featured the legend Lee Clow. Speaking of legends, Cindy Gallop and George Lois kicked off the award shows with so much energy and motivation. In the end, the highlight for me was working with our very talented artist Renee Reeser. She was tasked with creating three live art pieces in a very short period of time and each one was unique and breath taking. Renee left the ADC with a lot of fans who cannot wait to work with her on their next award winning campaign.
Partnered with MAMA Agency, Renee was tasked with painting live on a giant 3x3 cube for an instillation at the Festival.
Though there were many creative workshops taking place at the Festival, Renee received quite an audience at her live art station. When asked her how she prepared for the event, she said:
I'm a research junkie. So as with any project, I decided to hit the ADC websites and blogs and learn as much as I could about the festival, past and present. In addition, event co-sponsors Tim Wooster and Michelin Hall from the MAMA agency expressed an interest in creating a visual theme that was inspired by Jack Kerouac's On The Road and the wonderful art found gracing the walls of the trendy Ace hotels. A visually exciting and dubious challenge for three live paint sessions. Beyond that, I'm a control freak. Not being on site in advance to understand the space, substrates, etc, forced me to prepare a safety net of sorts. I pre-planned my imagery and created digital files for print output to incorporate and do a mixed media piece, as the festival ran 8 hours a day for three days and I had three paintings to produce to appeal to a cross section of creatives from around the globe.
Since the vibe of the festival was teaming with mixed energies, we wanted to know if that had any effect on Renee’s work. She shared this:
Absolutely! While I did some image preparations, they served only as a "skeleton". The "skin" of the work evolved based upon my workflow and interactions with attendees and hotel guests alike. I was placed in a breezeway of sorts behind a glass wall. One particularly spontaneous and joyful moment was when a hotel guest from the UK was passing by with his very young son who looked to be about 4 years old- the little boy's face was pressed up on the glass, staring intently at what I was doing. I motioned for them to come in and join me. I asked the young man if he was an artist. He answered with a resounding yes and began an energetic interchange with me, resulting in me handing over my brushes and palette to him and allowing him to place a few stokes on one of the pieces- Priceless!
Renee also pointed out that painting live was very different from painting in a studio.
“They say in space, no one can here you scream. Same for the safety of my art studio. If I make a "mistake", no one knows. So in live painting, I subscribe to the Bob Ross school of painting, and have 'happy accidents.'"
Aside from working diligently in front of an audience, Renee found another challenge in her project:
The ADC award is a cube, so it is only appropo that I paint on a large cube! I'm tall and have a long reach, so size and angles were easy to contend with. The biggest challenge to overcome was working with a broken arm. Thank God it was NOT my painting hand!
Indeed! But when we asked Renee for her over all feeling on the experience she said:
I went the ADC Festival and all I got was this lousy T-shirt?! Kidding, I came away with new friends, spent time with our incredible NYC rep Noelle, got to meet one of my favorite illustrators, Gary Baseman, and one of my "She-roes", Cindy Gallup. Above and beyond that, I take away inspiration. These participants are creatives on top of their game from around the world. To be in their presence is awe-inspiring.
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Skype, 1000heads and Famous Frames Artist Drew Pierce joined forces for live art at Film Independent’s 2014 Spirit Awards, straight from the red carpet. Here are some of our favorite moments from the event!
Drew turned the stars into live emoticons. After the event, he shared with us what it was like to be there. “I had a great experience working for the Skype promotion at this years Spirit Awards. It was set on the coast of Santa Monica during the looming threat of a rainstorm. It reminded me of my years working on hectic film productions when I first moved to Los Angeles. There's a nervous fun energy, like magic could happen at any moment and nobody quite knows what the day will bring.
At noon, the attendees flocked their way through media outlets.We were set up in the Skype Airstream where young film graduates would wrangle stars and perform brief interviews and Skype chats. During the interviews, my job was to design and print an Emoticon characterization within the 5-10 minutes the celeb was present. Our first celebrity of the day was Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (I know as Mr. Eko from Lost).
Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje shows off his emoticon.
A normal character usually takes at least 30+ minutes to create, so I developed a series of expressions and shortcuts to streamline the process. It was similar to the symbol based system South Park uses to tune out episodes in lightening speed. The day was very different from my normal work, but a nice change of pace. I loved chatting with attendees as I drew them. As artists it's rare to perform in front of people, or even be in the room with people, so it was awesome to feed off everyone’s enthusiasm.”
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will include a great many commercials in hundreds of time slots during the Olympic games, airing on NBC networks. Famous Frames artists Michael Lee, Peter Vu, Shari Wickstrom, and Gabe McIntosh take you way behind the scenes to see how the ideas and looks for the spots seen 'round the world first became a twinkle in the market's eye!
Peter Vu explained to us: After speaking with the Ad agency (PKT) about the commercial's overall direction, the first step I took in this spot's process was to look for reference images. The focal point of the piece was Ted Ligety, so my research phase comprised of pulling together as many images of him as I could find, in as many angles and positions as possible.
Using Photoshop, I drew up rough sketches for approval from the agency. Bringing the frames to final was tricky: the client preferred a photo-real look but I didn't have Ted Ligety in my studio, posing in the exact positions and actions that the spot required.
The solution was a great deal of photo-comping: after cutting arms, twisting bodies, and reattaching a number limbs, I wrestled the images into submission and was able to get the piece to do what I commanded. Like any magician, I needed to erase my tracks. I painted over the images to get an illustrated feel and unify the photo-comp pieces in a single theme.
After many strokes, swipes, and outlining, I eventually reached the product that you see here.
Artist: Shari Wickstrom / Kellogg's "Uphill"
This spot- Entitled "Uphill" for Kellogs was done by artist Shari Wickstrom, who says “I really enjoyed working on this spot. I loved the concept itself, which made it real easy for me to get into it. I began with a series of pencil sketches. The creatives then decided on the final shots and look they wanted, the flow of the story, etc. From there I finished everything up in photoshop. The commercial itself turned out beautiful. The creatives were terrific to work for and it really was a pleasure to participate in the process.”
When we spoke with artist Michael Lee about his experience working with NBC's About A Boy, He said "These are pretty standard fare for my type of shooting board. I sat down with the director and we talked about the scripts, characters and locations. I had a lot more to work with than in most situations, since this was a promo for a TV show that was already in production. This means I got to see video of the cast, the sets and I got a chance to view an early episode; so I became familiar with who was who and what each character was about. The director basically told me what he wanted each set up to be, how the characters moved through each scenario, and roughly where the cameras would be. From that point it's my job to tell the story visually. Normally I just start drawing with a regular office pencil on printer paper, and I draw as many frames as we need to tell the story and make sure all the camera directions are basically described. In this situation I actually drew directly with the Wacom Cintiq, using Sketchbook Pro, but my approach to drawing on the computer is no different than when I draw with pencil and paper. I first lightly sketch in the overall story, blocking out where figures will be and the setting, then once the entire story is lightly roughed out and approved for the action and blocking, I go back and make progressively more detailed drawings. Exact likenesses or perfect renderings of the environment aren't necessary for a shooting board, and those things are a distraction to getting the information the director needs so they can shoot a spot. So my drawings are fairly generalized, but they still provide enough to create the action and mood. My goal is to spend no more than 10 to 15 minutes on each frame. This ensures that the drawings will have energy, and more importantly, allows me to finish the required number of drawings in the time allowed."
"For the Puffs "Obstacles" thirty - second TV spot, realism was our goal. Like most of us, I sketch out the frames in rough pencil first, but I prefer HB 4 soft-lead pencils and bright - white, smooth copy paper. The rough pencil sketches establish camera angles and perspective. Then I begin gathering reference images from any source I can find. Starting online and ranging from magazines, books or even shooting pictures of myself and folks around me, I piece together the results until it feels and looks natural. From there we draw the frames on a 22"HD Wacom Cintiq digital tablet in black and white, with a custom pencil brush. Then we execute the color versions which involves what we call "digital painting", which in essence is to combine the line-work and shading into one seamless color image." Gabe McIntosh
For many viewers the commercials that aired during the Big Game XLVIII are what provided the real entertainment. Famous Frames is extremely proud to have been an integral part of a number of the best spots to hit air.
In this spot, stars from the 80s smash through the front door of the store and loot all of the outdated furniture, equipment and technology. Whether it’s Hulk Hogan hoisting shelving units, Mary Lou Retton stockpiling old-school radios or Alf and Chucky escaping in the DeLorean, this commercial has enough nostalgia to make anyone want to shop at RadioShack again. According to artist Nick Randall, it was as much fun to make as it was to watch! He says, "it was a fun job with great creative- that took me back to my early teenage years."
You can always count on Stephen Colbert! In this spot he provided an exciting ending to the night, as his Wonderful Pistachios spot was one of the few ads kept under wraps leading up to the big game. Artist Michael Lee commented, "these drawings are pretty simple, but we were basically exploring several gags that would pay off the spot. There were probably half a dozen ideas to work out with Colbert and his team, but I think once the ideas were put down into drawings the choice was fairly obvious. The drawings also made it pretty clear to the visual effects group on how to execute the idea. It's always amazing how a few drawings can make navigating an idea much clearer."
GoldieBlox is a new a toy company with the goal of getting girls interested in engineering. This spot was the winner of Intuit’s “Small Business, Big Game” campaign, which had our artist Kathy Berry very excited about being involved- “Once in a while there are jobs that I work on that stand out above the others, this was one of them because they are calling it, ‘the commercial that made history!’ Goldie Blox was one of thousands of small businesses that competed to win a free Big Game ad. It was not only a joy to see that they won the contest but the commercial they shot was one of the ideas I helped board out for them.”
“Remember when no one could save the day like Dad? That was then. This is next,” the video is captioned. The commercial features a dad and his sixth sense, saving his son throughout his life from harmful situations. However, he couldn’t help his son when he got distracted on the road – that’s where Hyundai comes to the rescue! The final product on this spot was a bit different from the initial boards by artist David Mellon, but he was proud of his work nonetheless. “I've been doing this for years but it's still a real kick to see a storyboard turn into a TV commercial - particularly if it's in the middle of the Big Game. This is a lovely spot that works well with repeated viewing. No surprise - Robert Prins was the Art Director; A guy with a couple of kids, who knows what he's talking about when it comes to being a dad. As you can see from every one of these boards, the finished ad always changes a bit in execution. We had the dad driving, but it's a much better payoff having the kid behind the wheel.” We love it when our artists and clients really see eye to eye, it makes for great end results and gives us an awesome product to show off!
There's still about six months until Seth MacFarlane's new film A Million Ways to Die in the West hits theaters, but this Big Game teaser gave us a first look at the film. While working at Big Picture Entertainment, Renee Reeser had a lot of fun making these boards. She says about her experience “I’m a huge fan of Seth’s work, and love that my frames were a key force in getting him to sign off and get on board with the tone of the project. I’d worked with Charlie Emde before, so I felt that he trusted me and let me do my own thing.” A Million Ways to Die in the West will hit theaters on May 30.
The second of Chevy's Big Game commercials this year is a touching one, featuring an emotional tribute for cancer survivors everywhere. The sentimental spot, for Silverado trucks, included a reminder that this past Tuesday was World Cancer Day and highlighted Chevrolet’s support of the American Cancer Society’s “Purple Road” initiative. Famous Frames artist Yori Mochizuki said about his contributions to the spot, “I worked hard to visually express the shift in mood from melancholy to hopeful with simple line drawings and gray tones. Subtlety was crucial for everything in this spot from storytelling to facial expression.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed the commercials and the art that is integral in creating them. Until next year!
The whole world was taken by surprise when Beyonce dropped her self-titled “Visual Album” on an unsuspecting public. Famous Frames Anuj Shrestha was one of the few not completely taken aback. That’s because last August, during a 24 hour period he created the storyboards for XO, the lead single released in both the US and worldwide for Beyonce’s game changing musical experiment.
Shrestha‘s involvement was not limited to just storyboards. He helped director Terry Richardson scout locations at New York’s venerable Coney Island, and worked with the crew to bring Beyonce’s soulful rendition of the hit single XO to life.
The album has become a sensation and Shrestha‘s boards were the starting point for the video that is evocative, sexy and just plain fun. From bumper cars to rollercoasters to the iconic “Wonder Wheel,” Beyonce’s XO takes you on an aural and visual journey through a day at an amusement park. You can almost feel the cotton candy stuck to your shoe.
The evocative sights and sounds began with Shrestha’s storyboards. The clean style contained in Shrestha’s boards provided the initial inspiration that allowed director Richardson to capture the shots necessary to get Beyonce’s XO on the screen. Anuj Shrestha’s artistry and dedication were one of the first steps to a “global phenomenon” being compared to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Not too shabby.