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LEGEND OF KORRA: 'TURNING THE TIDES' STORYBOARDS by LeSeanThomas LEGEND OF KORRA: 'TURNING THE TIDES' STORYBOARDS by LeSeanThomas
"LIN BEIFONG'S SACRIFICE":

Here's some of the rough boards from my ACT 3 section i boarded of as staff at STUDIO MIR in Korea in 2010, EPISODE 10: "TURNING THE TIDES" that premiered Saturday.

This sequence is one of the many highlights in this episode that i had to tackle & most dramatic sequences in a pretty intense ACT 3 where Amon and the Equalists attack Air Temple Island.

Here, Lin single-handedly destroys an equalist airship in her mother Toph BeiFong's fashion. It's a moving moment as it's her making a drastic decision to risk her life and inevitably, her bending to allow the last air benders to get away. :-( Lin Beifong is my favorite character of the show. It was heartbreaking to read the script knowing i had to storyboard her end with Amon. :-( I listened to the main theme of SWORD OF THE STRANGER boarding this sequence to help with the epicness.

I'm happy Bryke, Ryu and Joaquim trusted me to scribble out such a pivotal moment in this series and with their help & the animators stayed closely faithful to the sequence i roughed out under a rushed and tight deadline. GO MIR!!!! GO NICK!!!

*WARNING HUGE SIZE - READS DOWN-UP/ACROSS*
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:iconfungster:
I assume that you and your team have to work very close to the director to get each of the shots looking great.
I also wonder how you break up the storyboards to the animators and how accurate they have to be to follow the line of action?

Oh and how does the timing work, I noticed how you separated the shots into separate panels, but how does the animator know how many frames they must draw from pose to pose? or is that up to the key frame animator to time it out to the in-between-ers?
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LeSeanThomas Dec 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Up to the keyframe animator. Also, the timers set up the length of each scene based off a locked animatic.
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:iconfungster:
that makes sence. Thanks
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:iconsatomobile:
Beautiful and emotional. Interesting to see the curl of the fingers/ foot slide a la Toph was cut from the final product as chickenmask mentioned. Would have liked if that had stayed!

Such excellent work. Thank you for uploading :)
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LeSeanThomas Dec 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Editorial decisions: time, animation, etc. could be a number of things. glad you dig it!
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chickenMASK Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why was the sequence of Lin doing Toph's stance cut out in the final edit, might i ask? i think it would have been a great sequence, especially for the older fans
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LeSeanThomas Dec 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's why i did it, as a call-back to the older fans. :-) I guess it was cutting for time/animation i guess.
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chickenMASK Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man i would have cried for joy if they cut that :)
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alexandresama Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You are oficially one of my favorite artists... This scene was whithout doubt the most emotionally well done piece in all of Korra! When I saw this scene I thought.. well, props to whoever storyboarded for this, it's porbably one of the best storyboarded and planed scenes of the whole series... Man I did NOT think I would actually find the very storyboarder for this scene.. I thought korra was pretty disapointing when it comes to emotional pitch throughout the whole 1st season, however this scene alone not only saved it for me (not discrediting the effor in the remaining scenes but enfasizing the one in this one), it made it one of the best emotional scenes in the whole A:tla and Korra Saga...
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LeSeanThomas Sep 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
THANKS! that means a lot. It was fun to draw & kind of a bummer to draw Her lose her Bending. :-(
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