Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Regular Show" Storyboard Revisionist Test

A few months ago I got the opportunity to do a storyboard revisionist test for Cartoon Network's "Regular Show." A storyboard revisionist, for those of you who don't know, is responsible for cleaning-up the storyboard artists' drawing and preparing them for the animators in Korea. Revisionists also storyboard new scenes or sequences the producers deem necessary for the episode to truly work.

Being a huge "Regular Show" fan, this was an incredible opportunity and I had an absolute blast putting it together. I've been told my submission made it to the final round of consideration, which I can assure you, is the nicest rejection I have ever received.


The first part of the test was the thumbnail section. I was given a brief paragraph that described the basic outline of the scene and I was charged with writing the dialogue and staging the action in 40 panels or less.

Scribd Link

Thumbnails are a little rougher than storyboards and are more about getting the basic pacing and staging down.

Cleaned-Up Storyboards

After the thumbnails, I was asked to provide 10 cleaned-up storyboard panels, much as I would do as a real storyboard revisionist.

Scribd Link

There was also a written test, which I'm declining to post in respect to Cartoon Network and "Regular Show." I was entrusted with this material, and I don't want to give it all away. Where's the fun in that?

I'll do another post in the future where I talk a little bit more about the process of putting the test together. I figure it might be useful advice for anybody doing a test like this.

All in all the whole test was a fantastic experience and I'm absurdly lucky that I even got the opportunity. I want to thank Brooke Keesling, Marcy Mahoney and everyone who looked at my test for all their help and guidance.

 I'm posting this on the permission of Cartoon Network. If, for any reason, Cartoon Network or other "Regular Show" employees want me to take this down, please let me know.

"Regular Show" is copyright Cartoon Network.

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