I remember I was given a collection of Calvin & Hobbes strips ("Revenge of the Babysat") one year as a birthday present. Bill Watterson wrote & illustrated one strip per day for a decade. His acidic tone appealed to me immediately but it was his pervasive sense of wonder that kept me coming back.
As I've grown older, what's continued to amaze me about C&H is its ability to convey a complex idea in just a few panels. There's a ruthless efficiency at play & yet, despite the inevitability of the final-panel punch line it rarely feels like a formula & you never feel short changed.
It's exactly the same with film & video, especially when you're working inside the commercial space. You start with an idea, allow it to grow organically & then prune it back to just the bare essentials. The viewer needs to buy into the concept & emotionally connect to the pay off in the shortest time possible. All without any evidence of the process itself being visible.
It's no coincidence that every major production is storyboarded before a single frame is shot. I regularly get asked who my favourite filmmaker is, or what my favourite movie is. I'm never able to give people a satisfactory answer. My single biggest influence though? It will always be Calvin & Hobbes.
Co-Founder Luminary Studios