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Spectacular Hand-Painted Storyboards By Akira Kurosawa

A famed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa initially began life as an aspiring painter. He told “I did no artwork at all once I began to work in cinema. But since becoming a film director, I have found that drawing rough sketches was often a useful means of explaining ideas to my staff.” Take a look at a series of Kurosawa’s hand-painted storyboards which set out his cinematic vision.

hand-painted storyboards

Dreams, 1990

hand-painted storyboards

hand-painted storyboards

storyboards

storyboards

Kagemusha, 1980

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