Thursday, 25 February 2010

Storyboard for movie - write up version (The Matrix Bullet time scene)

Here I am writing up a simple storyline for the bullet dodge sequence in the Matrix. This is one of the most famous scenes from this movie. I will turn this into a drawn storyboard and post it up on here.

The Matrix “Bullet time” clip


• Scene starts where Agent Smith states that Neo and Trinity must be found and destroyed. “Find them and destroy them”.

• Agent Smiths co agent hears his duty and then the scene cuts to a fight between Neo, Trinity and the police on top of a Helicopter pad.

• The fight pursues until we see a Helicopter Pilot becoming taken over by the Agent sent out to destroy Neo and Trinity.


• The scene is clear for a second once Trinity and Neo have destroyed all the police, then out steps an Agent.

• Both Neo and Trinity look on in horror at the sight of the agent, as they have nowhere to run. Neo decides to brave it with the belief that he is “the one” and turns around and starts shooting at the agent

• The Agent dodges the flying bullets with ease. Neo looks on in horror, then shouts “Trinity, help!”


• The Agent shoots at Neo in the famous “Bullet dodging” scene where Neo realises for the first time that he can move as fast as an Agent. A Bullet skims his leg and then he falls over.

• The agent comes up to Neo and proclaims “Only human”.

• Trinity appears behind the Agent and states “Dodge this” to then shoot the Agent in the back of the head.

Watch the scene here


  1. Ive done this so it makes it clearer for myself when I go to draw the storyboard. It makes the scene make much more sense and in these broken down "chunks" taken from the scene I can understand what to draw easier.

  2. As part of your forthcoming Animation project (Unit 5), you will be participating in a series of 2D animation workshops with Meg Bisineer – a sessional lecturer coming to us from the Royal College of Art.

    Meg has asked that you equip yourselves with an ‘animator’s tool kit’. She recommends that you visit and purchase the following items BEFORE your first workshop on Friday 12th March.

    Economy grade 60gsm A4 punched (1000 sheets – pre-punched) - £22.99

    3-Pin Plastic Pegbar - £2.99

    The pre-punched paper and the pegbar are both necessary for the effective registration of your drawings. You will be working on your own individual A4 lightboxes – which the course is providing. Yes, it’s going to cost you some money, but the pre-punched paper and pegbar will save you a great deal of time and prep. See below for further requirements for your animator’s tool kit

    1) Sketchbooks: at least A5 size or bigger.

    2) Pencils: HB & 2B.

    3) Eraser / Sharpeners.

    4) A blue or red colour pencil.

    5) A4 paper - 60 gsm (60-80 sheets)*

    6) A strip of thick cardboard : 15cm x 2 cm*

    7) Masking tape*

    8) Paper knife*

    9) Ruler*

    *Note – these items are necessary if you DON’T order the specified supplies from Chromacolour – as Meg will show you a basic way to create an alternate means of registration.

    In terms of paper cost – share a box with a classmate and split the costs. The weight of the paper is important (60gsm) because it is translucent, thus allowing you to see through it to your previous drawings.

    Also – if you haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, you should get hold of the following

    The Animator's Survival Kit : A manual of methods, principle and formulas for classical, computer, games, stop motion and internet animators: by Richard Williams, published by Faber and Faber.

    The Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells, published by AVA Publishing.

    Meg has designed a very thorough curriculum for your 4 workshops - be amazing!