We offer pre production services to help put wheels on your ideas. It doesn’t matter if you only have a one sentence concept, a doodle on a paper napkin, or a fully realized script that’s been approved by the client - we’ll bring it to life! ~Tom LaBaff
Maybe you're here because you are in the business of telling entertaining, visual stories. We help build a foundation to make films, commercials, documentaries, viral videos, games and more. We provide drawings, storyboards, and animatics. The visual tools that help build a blueprint to ensure your story is a success.
About Tom LaBaff -
There’s me the artist. And then me the business.
The Personal Side
I’m a father of two, husband of one and have one mistress: the river. I think about her all the time. Her curves. The way she seduces me with her looks every morning. You’ll see me in photos with her all the time.
But this is my chance to tell you about the person behind Tom LaBaff Studios, not the smelly river.
From an Artist to a Business
I got my degree from Ringling College of Art & Design where I assumed I’d move to NYC and be an editorial and book illustrator. But that all changed when Disney came to our school looking for artists who could capture drawings of the human figure with speed and efficiency.
This began my long career at Disney where I had a hand in creating some of the classics: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Pocahontas. I quickly gravitated to the story department which is where the whole ‘speed and efficiency’ thing comes in.
After 13 years in the movie business, I was ready for a change. My wife Stephanie and I decided to raise our kids in a quiet beachside town. We found Vero Beach.
I lived an artist's dream for a while. I did an equal mixture illustrating children's books for publishers and editorial assignments for magazines. It was all great until the economy took a turn for the worse in 2005.
Luckily, I landed a story position at Blue Sky Studios, which is by far one of the best studios to work for if you're a storyboard artist. Here I worked with the teams and received credit on Ice Age 4, Rio, and Epic.
I learned the main difference between 'doughnut day' and 'bagel day' is that one of these causes major sugar crashes.
An opportunity I couldn't refuse came along that was disguised as a nightmare waiting to happen.
Digital Domain set up shop in Florida, and I was part of the founding crew. What came fast, disintegrated even faster. Nearly 400 people were laid off on the same day.
I picked myself up and got back in the game. I've learned that being an entrepreneur means you need to continually find ways to reinvent yourself.
About the Business
Today, Tom LaBaff Studios serves two client bases: Storyboards and animatics for the movie/advertising niche. And book illustration for educational publishing. I've done over 50 titles in young fiction and non-fiction, for publishers like Scholastic, Pearson, Wiley, Enslow, IDW, and more. I like to think of kid's books as my home base.
Tom LaBaff Studios is based in downtown Vero Beach, Florida.
Story for Advertising
Storyboards are a critical component of great movie making, advertising, and video games.
I have an intimate relationship with the creative process and know how to speak the universal language of drawing and visual communication. It's my job to bridge the gap between the written word and visuals, marrying the two art forms of expression seamlessly.
I would rather have a long chat during the kickoff of an assignment than a series of lengthy apology emails after the job is delivered.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading this, I know it's long. If you have any questions, message me on Facebook or send an email!