Trevor Goring’s “Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood” on it way

Trevor Goring‘s eagerly-awaited book, Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood is finally heading to stores, published by Hermes Press.

Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood by Trevor Goring - published by Hermes Press

The Limited Edition, signed by Trevor, is available to order from Hermes US-based web store, price $125, the price on a par with similar books – and it looks superb.

(There’s a regular edition, too, currently being offered at $70 here).

The book is the work of comics and storyboard artist Trevor Goring – whose credits include 2000AD and more – and his partner, the late Joyce Kaskey Goring, later this year.

A fascinating, wonderfully illustrated book detailing the history of film storyboards, the important and long-neglected art of storyboarding is given its due in this impressive-looking project that gained the deserved support of both comic creators and film makers internationally, and the Art Directors Guild.

Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood by Trevor Goring - published by Hermes Press - Sample Spread
Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood by Trevor Goring - published by Hermes Press - Sample Spread

First mooted over twenty years ago, the book offers a comprehensive history of the art of film storyboards, providing a genre-by-genre discussion of over one hundred great films and their storyboards. It offers a visual tour running a huge range of classic and contemporary films, with examples of how directors utilise storyboards in the creation of their films.

Designed by Robert Payne Cabeen, the book includes examples of storyboards dating back as far as the 1930s, including SF adventure films such as Alien v Predator and Jurassic Park.

As we previously reported, the book was first mooted over 20 years ago, and publication of this crowdfunded project has been delayed by the Pandemic. But it offers a comprehensive history of the art of film storyboards, featuring a genre-by-genre discussion of over one hundred great films and their storyboards, this visual tour features a full range of classic and contemporary films with examples of how directors utilise storyboards in the creation of their films.

Trevor Goring at Wondercon in 2016. Courtesy Trevor Goring
Trevor Goring at Wondercon in 2016. Courtesy Trevor Goring

Trevor Goring – who will be a familiar face to some as a US convention guest – has had the pleasure of working with a lot of great Directors, Production Designers, Concept and Storyboard artists down the years and continues to work on graphic novels and video games.

After receiving a BA in Graphic Design at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, Trevor illustrated comics for 2000AD (working on “M.A.C.H. One” and “Dan Dare” with Garry Leach, among other strips), House of Hammer and more, and established the Soho-based advertising art company Helicopter Studios, working alongside comic creators such as the late Colin Andrew and Gerry DolanMartin Griffiths and Sydney Jordan.

He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s and entered his new career, storyboarding films such as The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeX-Men 2, WatchmenTwilight and Real Steel, video games, TV shows and advertisements detailed on his official web site, most recently working on films such as The Dark Tower and Shanghai Fortress. He also continued working in comics.

While Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood comes at a premium price, for aspiring storyboard artists and fans of the art, this looks well worth it.

Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood Regular Edition is available to order from Hermes US-based web store, currently priced at $70

Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood limited Edition, signed by Trevor, is available to order from Hermes US-based web store price $125

Storyboards: The Unseen Art of Hollywood is also listed on AmazonUK, but as “currently unavailable” | ISBN: 978-1613452141

The Concept Art Association held an online discussion about the art of storyboarding back in September, moderated by Tim Burgard, with Trevor Goring and some of the artists who feature in the book – Benton Jew, Warren Drummond, Marc Vena and Tracey Wilson. The discussion includes the presentation of illustrations with examples from the panelists, as well as the men and women that came before in the profession of film storyboarding

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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