Today's Screenshots - Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro

For today's screenshots, I thought I would share with you some of the storyboard drawings Miyazaki used for the film. The first is that terrific shot from the car chase (we see a little of how the scene is paced out for the animators); and the second comes from Lupin's dramatic entrance into Clarisse's tower prison.

It's always interesting to note the amount of detail in these illustrations. They're really not necessary, since we're only using storyboards to establish or highlight motion and/or composition, but it's reflective of Miyazaki's great, obsessive skill as an artist. He's able to effectively communicate action and movement with still drawings, and I think this is an essential skill for an animator. A different artistic approach than the standard, Westernized style (read: Disney), but closer to comic books or graphic novels. But, for me, these feel more cinematic, more compelling. They have a greater sense of gravity to them.

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