They have very little in common, right? Perhaps the fact that their names both end with “berg” or the controversies surrounding them. Well, for me they both represent good fortune – that I was involved, though to a small degree in the two recent films about them. The Allen Ginsberg film, “Howl” is based on the obscenity trial around the famous poem by the same title. I, along with other board artists were commissioned by Animation Director John Hays to help flesh out storyboard sequences for the animated portion of the film. While the actor James Franco as Ginsberg, recited the poem, the visuals were expressed through a CG/2D animated sequence.
Here are few sequences I worked out from notes by John Hayes:
The documentary film, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” used simple animation for it’s reenactment sequences. For this, Eli Noyes of Alligator Planet worked out these moments with the Directors of the film. Eli commissioned me to help with the layouts. Here are some scenes.
So go catch the films when you get a chance. They are both really worth it!