This is my storyboard broken into 12 frames.
It starts with a flipbook of a smoking cigarette which then breaks into the main video.
The video pans out to smoke coming from the cigarette, which then turns into figures dancing in the smoke. These figures may leave an after-trail as if they are part of the smoke.
A hand wafts the smoke out of the way and the camera focuses on the hand as a guitar is picked up.
The camera rotates to see the fingers moving as if the hand is playing. The camera pans down to the right hand of the figure that is plucking the strings. Musical notes are coming from the strings as they are plucked and they float away.
The camera follows the notes as they stick to a wall and move around playfully on the wall.
The notes then melt down the wall. I will most likely use stop motion for this part as it will give a real but surreal feel to the animation.
The notes crawl along the floor and into a packet of cigarettes that is lying on the floor. They crumple their way in.
The camera moves to focus on the packet which is opened and a cigarette is taken out of the packet.
Cut to a lighter that is being struck and the cigarette is lit, as the animation comes full circle back to the starting frame.
The original flip book will be used in reverse from the opening scene and the words “The End” will come up in a flip book.
Then it will fade to black.
The reason for the story taking this form is the feeling that the song would be one that would play in a smokey little jazz bar, and the idea that the song is quite repetative, “Repeat” being one of the words i picked to describe the music.
This story works on the idea that everything is connected, and constantly moving. The reason it begins and ends on the same scene is due to the idea that the animation could be looped and looped, because of the repetitive nature of the song. So it starts with smoke, then the hand is introduced, which is then involved with the guitar, from which comes the notes, which dance themselves, before crawling back into a cigarette packet, which then goes back to the first scene.
I was conscious of the fact that photography, stop motion and the hand drawn all need to be used, and i think this story will allow me to do this.
This may be a bit ambitious but i want it to flow pretty quickly and come full circle within the 30 seconds.