Roberto’s note:

I was thinking that most of our user base has either Mac’s or PC.
Well Macs come with I-Movies and PC come with Windows Movie Maker?

Why not try a challenge?


Looking for a team?
Click THE STORY REEL!_Challenge 1: “THE CHASE”

Quote from

“Often, an animatic or story reel is made after the soundtrack is created, but before full animation begins. An animatic typically consists of pictures of the storyboard synchronized with the soundtrack. This allows the animators and directors to work out any script and timing issues that may exist with the current storyboard. The storyboard and soundtrack are amended if necessary, and a new animatic may be created and reviewed with the director until the storyboard is perfected. Editing the film at the animatic stage prevents the animation of scenes that would be edited out of the film; as traditional animation is a very expensive and time-consuming process, creating scenes that will eventually be edited out of the completed cartoon is strictly avoided.”


Create a short story reel inspired by the published topic. Pick a CHASE scene from an movie script draw a storyboard for it, and then convert it to an animatic. The FINISHED animatic (WMV, AVI or MOV) will be posted on this MAIN thread.

I encourage you use a scenes from ONE of the following movies.
[li]THE MATRIX[/li][li]RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK[/li][li]TOY STORY[/li][/ul]But you may pick whatever movie you want.
You may find movie scripts on sites like:

Just Imagine you been taked with drawing an animatic…

you may any any editing program, but there are a bunch of FREE alternatives:

WINDOWS: Windows Movie Maker

or not so free ADOBE Premiere.

And for hosting solutions click on this thread:

But you only have ONE 7 DAY WEEK to finish the piece. The projects can be done by an individual but team entries are encouraged.

The key of the challenge, for all entry types, is to do an simply do an amiated storydoard. And trust me, they can get QUITE elaborate. . This means that the final piece will be evaluated mostly on the principles of story telling camera flow and design. My advice, keep it simple and pick good camera compositions.

[li]Pre made models /stock footage can NOT be used. You have to DRAW the animatic.[/li][li]Layer and image processing tricks CAN be used (zooms, whipes etc)[/li][li]The story and animation must be done after the topic has been selected.[/li][li]Extensive WIP posts are required as evidence that the work has been done after the topic selected.[/li][/ul]For this kind of entry You can do anything you want, as long as the entry looks polished, and has at least some basic science behind it. The entries will be judged more on the esthetics of the scenes and the dynamism of the finished animation.

The best animation/short will be selected by an open vote
for these categories:
[li]Best Cinematography[/li][li]Best Illustrations[/li][li]Best Editing[/li][li]Best Overall Entry[/li][/ul]The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

DATELINE: Friday February 24th 12:00 PM

YOU HAVE One, 7 DAY WEEK, to do the challenge.

The winner will be picked by an open vote as part of the SKETCH OF THE WEEK.

[li]No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.[/li][li]You may NOT use a pre exiting models and filmed footage.[/li][li]IfYou need to post a storyboard (even a crude one) as part of your WIP entry.[/li][li]And Remember the key of the challenge if for you guys to brush up on your filmaking skills.[/li][/ul]GENERAL RULES:
[li]The lenght of the mini movie/documentary should NOT be longer than 2 minutes, but shorter entries are acceptable[/li][li]Work on the mini film, and animation (if any) must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.[/li][li]WIP are encouraged if they are posted in ANOTHER thread. Please provide a link to them on this thread.[/li][li]WIP thread should be posted on the Screenwriting, Storyboarding and Concept Creation and should follow[/li]the following naming convention:
(Note: Group entries are allowed)
[li]It is Recommended that Final movies should be rendered at 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 in Quicktime* format (Sorenson Compression), WMV or AVI, but other resolutions and formats are allowed. * The animation format is open for discussion.[/li][li]The animation should follow the following naming convention:[/li]THE STORY REEL!_Challenge_1[b]/
[li][left]Add the following tile card at the beginning and end of the animation:[/li]
THE_STORY_REEL!_Challenge 1 MY NAME (Individual or team)

, and if you can, also add a small non disruptive watermark during the animation.
[li]If for some reason, you can’t host movies, sequential images (Thumbnails size 160 x 120 ) are accepted.[/li][li]Please add a brief text description about your piece.[/li][li]The artist also has to post total length of time it took and program used.[/li][li]Collaborative pieces are accepted and encouraged, but Teams entries must have a identifying banner and a name. Shot lists should be included with the entry.[/li][li]Individuals participating in a team CAN have their own individual entries.[/li][li]Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.[/li][li]You can add multiple entries, as long as they have different WIP threads.[/li][li]Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.[/li][li]Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.[/li][li]And please PLEAAASE NO PORN.[/li][/ul]DISCLAIMER: The creator of this thread, Roberto Ortiz, CgNetworks And CGTALK is not responsible on what happen while these project is filmed. It is assumed that all required permissions will be requested by the filmmakers and NO LAWS will be broken. By posting on this challenge you are accepting this terms. The persons are meeting under their own accord and their actions are their own. The parties mentioned before are not responsible in no way shape or form for their actions and thus are not liable.

Good Luck

-Roberto Ortiz


So, just to clarify, the scene to create an animatic for will be of a chase, and not a fight?


WOW I missed that.

Yes It is a CHASE micro challenge.



Durn. Was hoping for a fight theme. Oh well, a chase should be good fun all the same.

Btw, you linked the wrong thread up top. The collab thread is here.


Is it really an obligation to take something out of an already existing movie or could we come up with an original idea ?


original ideas are ok.



This is an awesome idea for a challenge, cuz I love me some storyboarding! Glad to hear we can use an original idea for the animatic. Someone already planned out the shot sequences and the shot compositions in those films mentioned above, so I would feel like storyboarding an existing film chase is cheating.

Edit: Didn’t notice that porn was excluded. I can only imagine what a porn chase scene would look like :smiley:



I want to do this. It sounds like a lot of fun. I hope I can find the time. Let me see how the next week is looking :arteest:


I’m very sorry for my ignorance, But I don’t really get it. Are we supposed to create story board drawings timed with a sound track(like a slide show), or is it an animation? And are we remaking scenes, or are we just creating an animatic version of the existing movie scenes?


Oh nevermind, I get it now. downloaded and watched a couple of animatics… It’s kinda like watching streaming video with a 56k modem.


seems kinda dumb as imovie is obviously superior to windows movie maker seeing as microsoft has never produced any professional graphics software and mac is basically only targetting that market.

But otherwise does it reall matter what software you use? It’s just the talent behind the idea.


Great Idea…:thumbsup:

Ill try and make s/thing…

All I need is another 12 hours in the 24h day…!:scream:


This is really cool. I’ve never tried something like this before and unfortunately, I don’t think this week will be the week I do… <–Is behind in some serious school work :sad: So I really hope you do another one of these sometime.
Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone does for this.
Have fun guys!


Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone does for this.

I feel so alone :cry:

SergioKomic - it would be great to see someone else’s take on this challenge as I am unexperienced as hell and some additional input would be highly appreciated…


I cant possibly find time this week!!

If you need any help pointers from me just yell! (help, ideas,direction anything):lightbulb


<dusts off CGTalk avatar>

I’ll come out of hiding for this one. I can’t leave a fellow Daily-Sketcher hanging like this.




my finished animatic

thanks again Roberto for this cool challenge.


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