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An Appreciation For Storyboard Art Coming From the Film World

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

There is a small niche of screenwriters who take the time to refine their storyboards and create full-fleshed scenes with them bringing the script to life outside the sequence of the film-watching experience.

Tom McIntire brings the cinematic experience to the gallery with his piece titled, "The Red Blazer."

Inspired by a prompt from a counselor to seek out my earliest memory, this piece dramatizes an incident when I was no more than 4 or 5 years old. I was walking with my parents on a bustling street. The traffic noise drowned out any conversation and I doubt I would have followed what they were talking about.

My sensitive mother became upset and stepped off the curb into traffic. She struggled with my father as he tried to get her back onto the sidewalk. I watched helplessly from the curb, with car horns blaring and sounds of tires and brakes. I tried to imagine the reactions of the people in the cars in creating the piece, and how this would play out as a piece of cinema.

McIntire continues,

As with all memories from this time of life, I think this may have been a dream. I am still unsure.

The gallery curators are reminded of Bong Joon Ho's incredible 2019 film Parasite and the unique photography executed in that film. Soon after Ho won the 2020 Academy Awards for Best Film. It also won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. Ho set out to publish a storyboard version of the of the entire film into a book which became available May 2020.

Both Tom McIntire and Bong Joon Ho illustrated their storyboards for the art itself and bring an entirely underrated appreciation for the art of storyboarding in the film world.

"The Red Blazer" is available at Gallery B612 in Seattle, Washington during the Urban Life Exhibition, showing now through October 26th, 2023.

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