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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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artist186 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
One of my favorite fight scenes in the entire Legend of Korra Series! When she rips the blimp up it's awesome man. Great job, by the way I have been a fan for while since your old tutorial sketches of Riley. I'm also a big fan of the music you played in the background of the video. Will you ever make another video showing how to draw one of your characters playing whatever music you listen to now when your on your grind? 
P.S. J Dilla one of the greatest. 

much thanks 
Anthony 
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Sarawr-kun Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! I was wondering if you guys had layout artists work with these boards before the animators started to work on them? What happened between the storyboarding and animation, and how did the animators coordinate with the background team? Thank you :) 

PS. Amazing scene, the ending is a real tear jerker!!
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fungster Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
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 Featured By Owner 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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fungster Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
that makes sence. Thanks
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satomobile Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man i would have cried for joy if they cut that :)
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alexandresama Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   General Artist
HELL NO! Don't tease with this tiny upload BS. Give us something big enough to download and drool over in all its glory!
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Watercreess Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
WOW!!!
HOW EPIC!!
I LOVED THIS HEART BREAKING YET ACTION FILLED MOMENT!!! DX
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh god. I was sobbing during this part. You did an amazing job!
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LadyCat17 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh holy God! This scene almost made me cry!

I love Lin too, and seeing the enormous sacrifice she was doing... Well I can really tell Avatar series are one of myall time fav animations, just 'cos it transmits a lot of strong feelings!! :heart:

So congrats for doing such an amazing work! :)
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starfire-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
This part was amazing ;A;
Its really cool to see the artist behind this scene!
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amadoutogola Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Avatar legend of korra was a dazzling show and you work was amazing on this ,as a storyboard artist it is really motivating to see your work, keep sharing with us it is truely inspiring . I really enjoyed the overall show but why every characters that shows up has to get his ass kicked ,bloodbended ,electrified , equalised ,tied up ;knocked up etc. it was a bit too much in the end and none of the main character really shined . I hope i can make a show as good as Avatar some day ^^.Did you worked on the sequence when Korra try to get amon after he breaks out of the arena ? i would love to see the storyboard this sequence was amazing too.
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StravenLite Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved this part of episode ten!
The emotional pull of Lin's sacrifice was admirable! Her expressions were amazing and told so much in a single look and in the tone of her voice when she said her farewell.
As she ripped open that air balloon, I was cheering her on and just admiring everything she did! Such an amazing lady!

I really, really want Korra to return her powers so she can help others learn how to be so awesome w/metal bending!

So, thanks for drawing such an amazing scene for her. Lin's a memorable character and you just made her even better.
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The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
It was an epic episode, even if they basically killed off Lin :C
Why does my favorite characters always meet horrible ends? OvO
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luisborgia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have a question! Pick me! Pick me!
When the storyboard are designing the action sequences, how do you decide which movements the characters are going to perform? I know theres a martial arts consultant like in the first avatar series, but does he work side by side with you at the storyboard production, do you use videos for reference that were prerecorded or did he brief you at the start of production?
Thank you so much! Im love this series with all my heart! Please keep up the amazing work!
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
For the actual motions of bending in scenes, we follow pre-recorded video footage of the martial arts consultants, Sifu kisu & staff. Sometimes bryan and joaquim would get in and do some reference acting. Then we follow actual recorded footage for character acting. It's pretty comprehensive. But the staging, set-up cutting is all our idea translated from script. For example, this sequence was all staged out of my head. The only thing that was referenced in the final animation was Beifong's actual motion of ripping up the metal on the Zepplin, that was referenced from recorded martial arts footage.
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luisborgia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Makes sense it's this way, now that I get the picture :D
Such a great work! Again, congratulations on the superb rendition
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StudioRisingStar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow cool I saw this scene just yesterday! I loved it !
Great work Les!!
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mandelak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
This episode was beautifully written imo. meelo was the highlight for me but lin has a special place in my heart now too. such a ballsy decision but thats what amazing writers can do and they did it perfectly and at the perfect time with this show. Amazed. I hope I can write something this great in my life time!

Great boards btw.
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CaptainCocKnee Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a beast!
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cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   General Artist
you're too damn good
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NanaCasas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What can I say that hasn't been said already? Love your work! :nod:
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I love storyboards so much... :heart:
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RisenEternalFlame Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Omg yesyesyesyes this is EXACTLY what i'm trying to get into! It's things like this that make me excited!
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MRB34N5 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   Filmographer
Speechless
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SickSketch Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW-all those drawings... amazing
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laurbits Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This was an absolutely stunning sequence on every level. Thanks so much for bringing it to life and for sharing these boards. <3
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Peetsj Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing.
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Blackwolf21 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
your storyboards are awesome man i learn a lot looking at them.
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ADE-doodles Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank You!
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LaShankee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Ugh....the storyboard for this was amazing....the action sequence in this series is brilliant....the perspectives/angles just blow me away.
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TeaAnemone Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
She's my favorite character too, but this scene was so well done and moving... I loved the episode but literally could not watch it again because of that scene... it hurt man...it hurt. So beautiful though <3
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TsukiyoSophie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Wow, thank you for sharing~
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tannanbaldwin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow!
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reau Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Please! post more Storyboards!
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jel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   General Artist
I can't seem to find the download option to read these at proper size...
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ilikethesky Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ctrl+ and ctrl - =)
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That shoots were pretty intense man
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Re-man Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this episode yesterday lol
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MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Sweet jesus that scene almost made me cry. I love you Lin Bei Fong.
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kimnarsete Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
These shots are amazing.
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Tannerama Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This was a great sequence. And you really knocked it out of the park.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
who da man? You da man!
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