Check Out Ridley Scott's Hand-Drawn Storyboards for Napoleon Movie

Ridleygrams are their own kind of art.

Image credit: Ridley Scott, The New Yorker

It can be hard to explain an artist's vision with words, so storyboards are a way to go. Ridley Scott is famous for Alien, Blade Runner, and other movies as well as his so-called Ridleygrams – his unique way of visual storytelling.

Ridleygrams help him think and communicate his ideas, which is especially important for his latest film, Napoleon. This historical drama is full of little details and epic scenes that needed to appear as Scott imagined them.

Speaking with The New Yorker, he told his life and work story and shared a couple of storyboards drawn for Napoleon, depicting the Battle of Waterloo scenes and Scott's directions.

Image credit: Ridley Scott, The New Yorker

Storyboards are amazing planning tools but they also serve as a little window into the artist's mind. If you'd like to see more Ridleygrams, check out this useful Instagram account.

Napoleon was released in November telling the story of Napoleon Bonaparte (Joaquin Phoenix), mostly focusing on his rise to power and his relationship with Empress Joséphine (Vanessa Kirby). The movie has collected $136.8 million so far with a budget of $130–200 million. It was met with mixed reviews: with a below 60% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it was both praised and criticized for a variety of things, including its battles and realism.

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