Storyboarding + Animatic in Music Video

Here’s a 1980s use of storyboarding / animatic in a music video…
“Take on Me” (1984) is a song by Norwegian pop band a-ha. The music video on MTV was directed by Steve Barron. The video features the band in a pencil-sketch animation and live-action combination created using the technique of rotoscoping.



About Animatics
An animatic usually 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.

More about Animatics + Links below…

More about Animatics
In animation and special effects work, the storyboarding stage may be followed by simplified mock-ups called “animatics” to give a better idea of how the scene will look and feel with motion and timing. At its simplest, an animatic is a series of still images edited together and displayed in sequence. More commonly, a rough dialogue and/or rough sound track is added to the sequence of still images (usually taken from a storyboard) to test whether the sound and images are working effectively together.

This allows the animators and directors to work out any screenplay, camera positioning, shot list 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 can avoid animation of scenes that would be edited out of the film. Animation is usually an expensive process, so there should be a minimum “deleted scenes” if the film is to be completed within budget.

Often storyboards are animated with simple zooms and pans to simulate camera movement (using non-linear editing software). These animations can be combined with available animatics, sound effects and dialog to create a presentation of how a film could be shot and cut together. Some feature film DVD special features include production animatics.

What is an Animatic

Animatics and me


This is a very simple system, but the idea is powerful. Quick animatics. As it is it can
quickly produce youtube animations, using 3D characters with drag and drop interface.

Starwars animatic process

Deviant Art Animatics

Peach Blog, Sacha Interview – Making an animatic

28 weeks later storyboard animatic

Joust Animatiic

Madame Tutli-Putli Animatic

Film Noir (anamatic 2)

Cyclops and Odysseus Animatic

Rough Anamatic

Gorillaz – Dirty Harry (Animatic)

embarcadero blues animatic

Animatic (Dark Crystal) Animatic

3d animatics