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Storyboard Lesson by rufftoon Storyboard Lesson by rufftoon

Apologies in advance.

More writing than drawing in this one. Just thought it would be interesting to compare the two scenes, the original animated series one with the movie version.

Though there were no obvious problems with the screen directions per say, it was the whole action- reaction and timing that was awkward in the movie.
Notice that for the animated series, we don't even see one earthbender doing one attack, and yet it is clear and makes sense.

Screen direction in storyboards, cutting and editing is very important. It is the link between the chains of events. It connects with the 180 degree rule :

Please note that this rule can be broken in service to the story, for emotional effect, etc.

As for the "Macarena" in panel 6, I blame this video:
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PyramidHead90 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
By Legend of Korra, bending arts began to mimic modern martial arts, with Bolin acting like a real boxer and using quick attacks that don't leave him vulnerable.  You have to wonder how THEY would react to that scene.
mischief-tea Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
It's a heat-seeking rock?

*slowly follows in pursuit ....*
thought bubble: [they have to sleep EVENTUALLY...]

Fire Nation Soldier: *stumbles and faceplants* ZONk Zzzzzzzzzzzz

rock: *meanders up and CRUSHES HIS HEAD!*

Kronosam Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL! Best thing ever!!
herostalker Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
hear you loud and clear binding brother.
MyNaturallyCurlyHair Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student General Artist
"We can outrun this rock!" ... "How about we just dodge it?" :rofl: No kidding...
Gottabeperfect Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Professionalism is a good thing, isn't it?
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Or is it a curse?
ZDForrest Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly hated the last airbender movie. Forgive me, but here are my reasons:
1: Poor bending. (As evidence with the lone rock) there was so much movement, flipping and spinning, yet weak bending. Only the fire benders got it remotely right.
2: Bad (and I mean bad) acting. Seriously, might as well put wooden planks with their faces painted on them up there instead.
3: Appa and Momo are hardly included. All you see is quarter view shots or distance shots of them, never straight on. It's as if they weren't really involved with the story.
4: extremely rushed. I can understand not being able to include everything (it is the entire first season in one after all), but the montage of their adventures just killed it for me. It was like "Here's all the things you're missing out on, but we won't/cant explain them."
I could go on.
All in all, I give it a 1 out of five stars. If you haven't seen the original series, you might get a kick out of it. If you love the show, you might not want to take the time to watch it.
Still, this is my opinion. You don't have to take my word for it. Sorry, just had to rant :P
karasukagami Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012

The world may never know.

Also, no. No you can not dodge the rock. its a heat sensing rock. and since you cant -make- something for it to little firebender! run! XD

"Without order nothing can exist - without chaos nothing can evolve." - Anonymous
CCDooMo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This page made me laugh so hard I almost peed myself, that might be TMI but I figured you could chalk that down as cootose or something
snowcube94 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
Puny rock bending act in movie publicly humiliated, how satisfying :)
Gabycat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I still laugh like a kid every time I come to see this! XD
Saber16 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Digital Artist
These are great! Hope to see more.
CaTigeReptile Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist
I almost feel bad for leaving a comment because of how many comments you get, but just - - Haru! Haru! Haru!

I took a storyboarding class back in high school. I think I learned more in this piece than I did in that whole class.
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
They teach storyboards in high school? Wow. Wish I'd had that...
CaTigeReptile Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist
It was actually at Art Center in Los Angeles (luckily I lived in the area), a program they had called "Saturday High." So it was only once a week for a semester. Still, it was great. I'm sure if I had been less crazy at the time, I could have gotten more out of the class.
Shanblaney Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Very helpful. Thank you!
wikigiuli Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
these storyboard lessons r really interesting! i felt ur impressions watching the... movie...

MoonlightWillow6 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012   Writer
It's the pebble dance!

That scene in the movie made me face palm. Actually, the whole movie made me face palm.

Thanks for the short lesson in story boarding! :)
Terrajaide Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Gosh, their "Earth Dance" lasted so long. XD
HeartCarousel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like to call it " The dance of the pebble"
Terrajaide Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Lol, that's very fitting. :D
Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All the effort those Derpbenders put in and they just moved one moderately-sized rock through the air at the speed of a gently babbling brook.
AnkeDubois Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nice, thanks for sharing. I'm a beginning animator myself, so I try to consume things like this like they're cookies ^^
Vichinga Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Heeh Macarena! Reaaly, the first time I saw this scene I started to lough, then to cry, then to lough again. The worst earthbending EVER.
Melosthe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
I think they're moving like the "Haka", it's a sort of intimidation for the ennemy (well, rock people is a bit...savage ?).
I'm a french, i like this movie (even if i laugh to your differents pictures ^^) and i hope that Night will doing an Avatar 2.
jeffreylai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Filmographer
These are very informative!
Thanks for sharing!
Aroshi-Wish Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Lesson makes me laugh and it's so usefull! :rofl:
Pepelu-Haruhara Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Giush Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Oh God, when I went to see the movie I remember bursting out laughing at that moment when all the earthbenders wher YA YA YA *STOMP STOMP STOMP* and the small rock flew by, like, all that trouble for a single rock. Of course then by logic you realize they made the wall and the guy that pos out is responsible for the rock, but it made me chuckle in the middle of the theatre. Glad to know i wasn't wrong.

Also, fire sucked :C
CheeseVision Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
This is fantastic, thank you for sharing this. I enjoyed this episode very much.
adriana7 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Haha very awesome; thank you :D
PatBoutin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional
Merci Johanne....Très instructif!

shikamylove Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved that part too, because it took about ten earthbenders to lift one rock
phantomdragons Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
The movie was a disgrace to the series
LoveroftheFlame Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
ThaliaDemuse Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
This is a very good storyboard explanation. I remembered it when I watched that particular episode recently.
qichin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pebble Dance!
tenkkay Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Digital Artist
Man, I was so excited for this movie, and so, so let down. Seriously. It takes a troupe of Earthbenders 30 seconds of spinning and stomping to throw one small rock. One of them should have just picked it up and thrown it by hand.
kh4love101 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
i bet the fans could get together 2 make a better and more accurate movie lol and u could help w/ the camera work 2 make sure we get it right ha
Nexsusthenewb Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
I just saw the movie today and that was my reaction "so it took those 6 guys to move that pebble? What are they pussy benders?
FoXAniMeGrL Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
OMg finally! I thought i was the only one to notice that! I laughed so hard after seeing this b/c it is true! they did this whole choreography to move a pebble! one group didn't move anything! they were dancing for nothing
chu0403 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Student General Artist
I laughed so hard when those men moved like half a rock. XD rofl
it was so retarded
nayialovecat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Hehe, this guy [link] did this better than filmmakers X'D
nayialovecat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Great X'D

I saw this film... it was the best parody and comedy what I see, but screening... total bottom :D
FourMapleLeaf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahahahaha, that movie now has ANOTHER reason to suck. :giggle:
Galistar07water Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
My brother and I laughed so much when we saw all of earthbenders bending that little bolder. Really? It takes 5-6 guys just to move that little bolder and at a slower speed? ;P
1990irock Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Haha! hey macarena!!!

OMG those six guys moved one WHOLE STONE!!!
numbah3 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
omg the heeh macarena part X'D
ihni Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Oh I agree, the timing was horrible. Thank you for making this.
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