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are animated video storyboards. We add motion, camera moves and audio to bring storyboards to life – and we do it in real-time as we draw. No longer do you have to wait as an artist and editor use 4 different softwares to create cool animatics. We do it all in one master software, Storyboard Pro. Directors love it – they can instantly get a feel for the flow and the edit. There is no better way to work. We have even changed the way they previz the hit series The Walking Dead.



The Walking Dead storyboard comparison
The Walking Dead is the biggest drama on TV. It’s a worldwide sensation. Mark Simon has brought animatics to the production for the first time. This helps the directors perfect their shots before a frame of film (we still shoot on film) is shot. The comparison will show you how close our storyboards are to director Greg Nicotero’s vision. That’s our goal. Illustrate the director’s vision quickly.”
 


Mark Simon storyboards on The Talking Dead
The Talking Dead is Chris Hardwick’s talk show about The Walking Dead. Mark and his storyboards have been profiled a number of times on the show. In Season 10, Episode 5, they showcase Mark’s storyboards and animatics again in a great scene with fan-favorite Negan.
 


Mark Simon’s demo reel
Chucky is a creepy little doll. Moving the camera and characters in the drawings helped writer/director Don Mancini realize his vision. Mark quickly built a 3D version of the main set so he and Don could move through it virtually and pick the right shots. All this was still possible in the tight schedule on a low budget horror movie with the way we work. Check out this storyboard comparison to the final edit.
 


Mark Simon’s demo reel
We specialize in production animatics for both live action and animation.We have over 4,000 production credits. We use the Storyboard Pro software to create animatics real time as we board. Mark worked the development team on the software and created the Lynda.com training program for the software.
 


You’re Next Storyboard Comparison
Mark produced the boards and animatics for Lionsgate’s horror movie, You’re Next. Mark worked long distance on the movie, using Skype and drew digitally with Storyboard Pro. Using Skype, director Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs Kong) could watch Mark draw in real time.
 


Tooth Fairy 2 storyboard to animation comparison
Mark was the story artist on Tooth Fairy 2 for Fox. He boarded both the live-action and the animation. He was also the animation producer for the movie. This video shows the 4 stages of production from boarding, to adding the boards to live-action stills, the raw animation and then the final composite.
 


3D Moves on 2D Storyboards
We can now add 3D objects and 3D camera moves to our classic hand-drawn 2D storyboards and animatics. We have the best of both worlds, and no one knows the software better than us. (we even produce the training videos of it for www.Lynda.com).
 


Toyota commercial, storyboards to final comparison
Mark Simon drew these boards for a series of Toyota commercials. The boards are incredibly close to the finished product. Mark had access to the actual location photos when working with the director.
 


The Key – Animation to Animatic Comparison
Mark Simon wrote, directed and boarded this short film for Toon Boom Animation, called The Key. It’s about a grandfather and his grandson both wanting to take the car out for the night. The animation, like many projects, was produced overseas. The frame-accurate animatic made the animation process smooth as glass. No more timing issues. Check out this cool project.
 

The animatic below was produced so fast we never showed the client the storyboards. By the time we finished the boards, the animatic was complete. It saved a tremendous amount of time in approvals. You can also compare that to the finished spot below. (Don’t worry though, the software also outputs printable boards)

Tiger Checking – Wallpaper animatic
 


Toon Boom Storyboard Pro with Mark Simon Part 4
Mark Simon, our owner, produced many of the training videos for Toon Boom’s Storyboard Pro software. We use this software for both live-action and animation projects. You can watch one of the training videos below.
 


Luke and Reece Save The World
Jeanne Simon created this animated series, Luke and Reece Save The World. Mark Simon wrote and directed this pilot animatic used for pitching the series. No need to produce finished animation any more. Now we pitch we these awesome animatics, which is preferred by network execs. It’s faster, cheaper and easier for execs to feel they can make changes. We also handled all the final audio. Boards by Willie Castro and Mark Simon.
If you have an animation to pitch, we can help.
 


Cyber Optics
Cyber Optics started as a great comic book by creator Kathy Messick. She hired Mark Simon to direct the pilot for her proposed series. You lucky dogs get to see the four steps of production, from animatics to rough animation, color pass and final animation with effects.
 


Magic City
The hit Starz series, Magic City, was shot in Miami, and was about the Miami mob in 1959. Mark only had a day to board a number of sequences, but was able to provide the director with animatics anyway. This sequence is the last 5 minutes of the series premiere. Due to the tight schedule, Mark used only thumbnails for the animatics, yet they still work great.