WWII Art / Thumbnail Process


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I’ve been working on some thumbnails for a personal project I’m pretty excited about.

Lush Life is the story of two old friends.  As young men, they served as ambulance drivers in WWII.  Stranded, wounded, freezing, and lost in the woods. they witnessed something miraculous.  Unable to agree on what they saw, this event would come to shape their lives for decades after the war.  Now, as their lives come to an end, can they make peace with what they saw and who they became?

Working out ideas in a sketchbook is a blast.  In the beginning, I work in a method almost like pointillism.  Putting a dot where a compositional element might land, and slowly building up from there.  I use a lot of white out so I can “erase” back to white, or add highlights.

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Something is happening here.  Really.  I Promise.

Next up, underpainting.


How to Pitch a Film- Visual Pitch


How to Pitch a Film:

What is a Visual Pitch?

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This storyboard was taken from a Visual Pitch for Fox Digital.  It represents a story beat, and was used to supplement a verbal story pitch to producers.  Story by Destin Cretton.


For a director, it is best to be armed with more than a slick speech and a clean shirt before tackling a room of would-be financiers.  The goal for the director in this situation is to communicate their vision so it can be experienced.   A Visual Pitch is the best way to do this.

How is a Visual Pitch different from a storyboard?

In contrast with a shooting board, which is meant to show camera movements and scene-to-scene changes, a Visual Pitch represents story beats.  They are in color, so they convey mood and a sense of location.  They are in more detail than a storyboard, but not as detailed as a full blown illustration.

What types of films use  a visual pitch?

In the past, Pre-Visualization work has been key in selling Sci-Fi concepts, with famous examples of Star Wars and the Matrix, but character driven stories can greatly benefit from visual development as well.  In the stories I have been brought in to work on, the Visual Pitch has been used to get the viewer asking questions about the characters, and visualize thier feelings and lives.

As an artist, I can lend my sensitivity to lighting and color to create a greater sense of mystery, convey mood, and add emotion to a story reveal.   I also conduct the initial research of visual reference, thus creating a specific time and space for the narrative to take place.

Samples are grouped by project above, in the menu bar.

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Listed on ProductionHUB.com in Storyboards / Storyboard Artists in Austin, Texas