Thesis update: Storyboards & Animatic

So as you may remember, I’ve been working on a 2D Animation Master of Fine Arts degree through the Academy of Art University’s online program. As a final thesis project, we’re required to complete a short film.

“The Search for the Monster of Lake Quannapowitt” will be a 2D, digitally hand-drawn animated short of less than 3 minutes about the candidate search to fill an open lake monster position.

This past March, I passed my midpoint review (hooray!), which means I can start production and directed study courses. I’ve posted all of my thesis work to my new website – the midpoint book, including overview, original script & storyboards, as well as character designs and concept art.

I’m still working on refining the story and the timing of all the elements. I had enrolled in a group directed study course over the summer but had to cancel due to some medical issues. Before I dropped the class, I had a chance to rework my storyboards, with the help of my friend Alison Potoma, as well as my mom, dad & Nick.  The goal was twofold – reduce the overall runtime of the film down to two minutes (so that I can focus more on the animated acting) and clarify the story, punching up the gags. Here’s the work in progress:




Here’s the original animatic (with sound effect help from fellow AAU student Zoe Yang).  The changes may seem subtle when comparing to the storyboard above, but I think the updated timing will make a huge difference – I’m planning to tackle the revised animatic this fall.

SLR Animatic – sound update from Sarah Lynne Reul on Vimeo.

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