As part of a Motion Media Design: Concepts & Storyboards course, I developed this storyboard to illustrate a one of my favorite poems by Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer. While I didn't produce the final animation, it was a great excercise in art direction. Hope you enjoy!
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer by Walt Whitman
When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
In Walt Whitman’s poem When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, the protagonist is sitting, listening to an astronomer at a lecture hall. As the astronomer explains the universe in numbers and equations, the protagonist falls sick. He goes outside into the fresh night air and looks up at the stars – no words or explanation could possibly capture them.
My concept is to subtly visualize the protagonists transition from lecture hall to nature. The visual narrative will start off cold & analytical, then shift to a warm & emotional atmosphere. The design will not be overt, but more abstract and atmospheric. Typography will be displayed with a classical typeface that is noble & acedemic.
Color and Typography
Thanks for looking!