Yesterday Roksolana, Tina and I visited House of Cool, and met with Kate Moo-King-Curtis (who I knew years ago in another incarnation), and her husband and partner,Ricardo Curtis. It was a great visit, and we were able to spend time with Ricardo and Kate to find out from them what it takes to do feature storyboards, what they are looking for. House of cool has done the boards for major feature animation films by major companies, and is also well known for top of the line design. They need skilled, imaginative people both for animation design (looking now for environment designers) and boarding, and it isn’t easy to find the right people!
Opportunities are there for people who have ideas, care about storytelling, and are really developing themselves. This, obviously, takes much more than drawing skills. In fact, for feature work the drawing is not as important as an original vision and real storytelling ability. To get an idea of the quality they are looking for, take a look at the website. Ricardo is a great believer in an environment that supports artists and is conducive to creativity. http://houseofcool.com/
Here’s a photo of Tina Seemann with Lubomir Arsov, character designer and story board artist, as well a former instructor at MTM, and a graduate of our animation program, and wonderful Joe Giampappa, who is working right now on the boards for a major animated feature. Joe taught at MTM last year, and we hope he’ll be able to return soon ! They are standing in front of a poster for “Book of Life,” animated feature boarded by House of Cool that will be released in the fall.
Joe’s website: http://www.joegiampapastoryboards.com/
Lubomir’s blog: http://lubomirarsov.blogspot.ca/