AVGN Movie storyboards

James / February 24th, 2014

Current updates are always nice. I’ve been doing them pretty frequently lately. This time, how about we go back to the past? To our pre-production phase.


Gabe Crate was our storyboard artist on the AVGN Movie. You might already know his name if you’ve read The Tick comics. Storyboards are similar to comics in many ways. You have a series of panels showing each sequence in the story. This is helpful to communicate your vision to the rest of the crew, and to categorize/ group your shots into the most convenient order to shoot. Directors work closely with the storyboard artist. On the AVGN Movie, we used several different methods, rough sketches, live enactments, photoshop images using cut-out characters, but nothing beats working with an artist who can draw a hell of a lot better than yourself.




Here’s part of our vehicle chase as pre-visualized. I always wanted to shoot a chase scene like this. Our imaginations went wild. That’s how it always starts. But movies do not often go as planned, and many things change from storyboard to the final screen. For example, we never got the van airborne and never got our aerial shot. On set, we had lots of bad luck, and only 4 hours to film the whole scene. But our stunt team was awesome, and at the end of the day, wow, we filmed a chase!




Currently Gabe Crate is working on a short film called Move Me.

Check out the “Move Me” Facebook page



Also check out Gabe’s personal Facebook page


  • ToadRoad

    February 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

    How many storyboard shots would you say you had for the whole film?

  • February 24, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I love how the Nerd needs to leave that damn hole. I’m gonna wager a guess: he immediately falls right back in after escaping?

  • str8spaceball1

    February 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    R.I.P. Harold Ramis 🙁 🙁

    • MetalHorrorNES

      February 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Ugh. Yeah, just found out a few hours ago myself. VERY sad news. There goes Ghostbusters 3. RIP Harold, you will be sorely missed. 🙁

      • Gunderman

        February 26, 2014 at 12:30 am

        Now that Harold Ramis has passed away, the closest we’ll ever get to a Ghostbusters 3 is the Ghostbusters video game released back in 2009.

      • February 27, 2014 at 6:21 am

        Actually there is already a script that is just in need of revamping to get the green light from studio, and yes Harold Ramis was VERY involved in the writing of it, and all the Original Ghostbusters were to be in it in some way. The current project lead has stated that Egon was only going to have a brief, yet very important Cameo and can easily be rewritten to adjust to this tragedy although it will not be the same without Egon. R.I.P. to Egon and an all around comedy genius! THAT IS ONE BIG TWINKIE!

  • mike king

    February 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Love the giveaway in the storyboard 🙂 So James falls in a hole like in the ET game and has to stretch his neck to lift himself out of the hole…CLASSIC!! MY next question is… So how did you gain these ET powers James??…lol Cant wait to findout.

  • frostare

    February 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    The Tick… didn’t that get like an animated series?

    • February 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

      It was an animated series. It was bad, but I watched it and liked it 😛

      • fanboyfilms

        February 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        The animated series was good. The live-action series was bad. But still amusing.

    • March 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      james has some serious talent working on this film. sarah glendening, that kid from the sitcom, and the guy who made big budget film soundtracks now working on yours, and now a guy who worked for a major comic book title. wow. this is NOT amateur one bit. so YES, we *are* expecting really good stuff here.

  • February 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Cool info. You should do a spotlight of all the other major player in the production of the movie.

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    now that looks awesome!

  • taykel

    February 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    That’s really cool you are showing storyboards for the movie. I can’t wait to see the scene with you in the pit. I’m curious what may happen there.

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Well, things like airborne vans and aerial shots can also be made during post-production, with the use of CGI and/or miniatures, you know. It may not always look as good, but it is possible to make it look credible.

  • Pablo1989

    February 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    😀 Spoiler ALERT!
    Code CHILLI RED!

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Now that you have finished shooting, James, can you confirm to us whether Kyle Justin is in the film or not? 🙂

  • anthjens

    March 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Hey James,
    I just read on Yahoo that someone is REALLY close to digging up the atari ET games. Do you think that this may have a negative affect on your movie for people that are not fans?
    My hope is that it ends up being a crap shoot and they find nothing, giving your movie even more of an air of authenticity!

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