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Tom LaBaff - 20 year veteran storyboard artist
Disney - Blue Sky Studios - EA - Paramount - Rovio - Advertising
STORYBOARDS - FILM -TV - APPS - GAMING
When you make a movie, you really make it 3 times.
There's the movie you write.
The movie you shoot.
The movie you edit.
Filmmakers are passionate. They'll do whatever it takes to portray a feeling, emotion or mood to the audience. Storyboarding is one of the most powerful tools to help deliver on that passion.
The Copywriter - David Ogilvy and the Beggar
Tall tale or a true story? I don’t know for sure but I couldn't resist illustrating this legendary David Ogilvy story. It’s about the importance of being selective with words when it comes to crafting your advertising message.
Epic - Blue Sky
A few boards from Blue Sky’s Epic directed by Chris Wedge. A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and evil is taking place. To see a full sequence from this production, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a link.
Facebook Story - Playing the Long Game
I made a visual story from Jon Loomer’s theory of playing the ‘long game’ as it applies to selling products and services on Facebook’s platform. He says brands should focus on creating a solid relationship with their audience first and foremost. When businesses put their efforts into awareness and offer value for nothing in return, they start to build the know, like, and trust factor with people.
Scriptnotes Podcast - Zombies and iPhone Chargers
Comic panels and animatic of screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin's podcast. They share ’one cool thing’ every week. This was John’s discovery of a camping stove that can also power up an iPhone.
Lessons from an Adman - How to Create Demand When People Hate Potatoes -
Advertising guru Rory Sutherland did a TedTalk about the value of creativity. It was such a good story I stripped the audio from that video and drew these images to compliment his point about some old fashioned persuasion.
The Art of Teachers Following their Kids Interests
I got a chance to collaborate with Lunch Pail Productions on this spot for Bright Horizons Family Solutions. The blend of live action and animation keep it playful and help communicate a tricky concept.
Fly the Plane
This piece was commissioned by Applied Industrial Technologies to produce a story about how ‘keeping an eye on the big picture can help simplify a hectic lifestyle.'
Fly the Plane was shown to over 400 people at Applied’s 90th anniversary shareholder meeting. It won first place in Sparkol’s 2014 business competition of over 700 entries, winning me a shiny new iPad Air, Chromecast and an exclusive tshirt.
Photo Booth Options
Photo Booth Options is the premiere on-site experience that leverages exclusive technology to turn a simple photo booth into an effortless and unprecedented data collection device, profit center and social brand builder.
"I had the pleasure of working with Tom LaBaff on a project here at EA. He helped bring our story to life. He brought the pages to a place we couldn't have got without him. Amazing spirit, great collaborator.
-Mike Young - Director EA Sports
"Tom LaBaff is a consummate story artist. His whimsical drawings reflect his unique wit and charm, and his enthusiasm for his art is matched only by his diligent work ethic. I've always enjoyed working alongside Tom, and hope to do so again in the future."
-Kevin Deters - Director, Walt Disney Feature Animation
"Tom LaBaff. He could storyboard the hell out of any scene I wrote, making bad stuff good and good stuff even better. Talented, creative, witty. A great guy."
-Ian Southwood - Screenwriter, Blue Sky Studios
"Tom is one of those story artists who has it all. His style is appealing, his story sense is strong, and his work ethic is solid. I've known Tom for over a decade. He would be a great addition to any story team."
-Nathan Greno - Director, Walt Disney Studios
"Tom is a very funny, talented board artist and always brings originality and insight to his work."
-Chuck Williams - Producer/Director
Feature Film Storyboards -
Some titles that are currently in production, or recently released. Beast of Burden - Huhu Studios, Ferdinand the Bull - Blue Sky, 2018 John Madden story mode Long Shot - EA, Monster Trucks - Paramount and Angry Birds - Rovio.
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For more storyboard samples, just email me!
I look forward to helping bring your vision to life.