Lot 11: The Abyss Storyboard
11th April 2018
Production-used ‘FX’ storyboard for the 1989 science fiction film The Abyss. Dated between March 22 and April 20, 1988, the storyboard features over 360 pages of detailed artistic images, with numerous pages annotated in pencil with specific focus on the film’s Oscar-winning special/visual effects. Additionally, many of the notations reference director James Cameron, as well as “J. D.,” presumably John Douglass, a technician for the film’s effects company, Steve Johnson's XFX. Housed in its original three-ring binder. Includes a brad-bound non-production copy of The Abyss ‘director’s revisions’ movie script, 130 pages, 8.5 x 11, August 9, 1988. In fine condition. An incredible piece of cinematic history that documents The Abyss' landmark visual effects—in addition to the remarkable CG effects created for the 'pseudopod' creature, the film required an enormous amount of traditional effects, with the majority painstakingly executed underwater; revealing behind-the-scenes footage of the complicated FX work was later revealed in the 1993 documentary Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss.'
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