MATERIAL: Hand-Drawn
TYPE: Storyboards
DIMENSIONS: Each measure 8.5" x 11" and are housed in plastic covers.
COMPONENTS: Thirty-three pages. The action was drawn in blue ink with camera directions/script notes written in black ink.
NOTES: In very good plus condition overall. COA from Heritage Auctions.
ITEM ID: 4778

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Tombstone Original Storyboards

DATE
Year: 1993
Decade: 1990s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

A collection of 33 pages, containing hand-drawn storyboards by David Russell for the “Mexican Village” sequence used in the making of the classic western, Tombstone.

Tombstone is a 1993 American Western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre, and starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer. It includes Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, and Dana Delany in supporting roles, as well as narration by Robert Mitchum.

The film is based on events in Tombstone, Arizona, including the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Earp Vendetta Ride, during the 1880s. It depicts a number of Western outlaws and lawmen, such as Wyatt Earp, William Brocius, Johnny Ringo, and Doc Holliday.

Tombstone was released by Hollywood Pictures in theatrical wide release in the United States on December 25, 1993, grossing $56.5 million in domestic ticket sales. The film was a financial success, and for the Western genre, it ranks number 16 in the list of highest-grossing films since 1979. Critical reception was generally positive and the film has become a cult classic since its release. Following its cinematic release in 1993, Tombstone was named “one of the 5 greatest Westerns ever made” by True West Magazine. The film was also called “One of the year’s 10 best!” by KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, California.

ARTISTS
Name: David Russell
Type: Artist
Artist Information: David Russell has designed concepts and storyboards for over 80 feature films with everyone from Steven Spielberg (on The Color Purple), Tim Burton (Batman) and Peter Weir (Master and Commander) to Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge). His work is valued by industry's top directors and production designers for its dynamic and powerful narrative quality. Russell works in both digital and traditional mediums. In the digital age, it is surprising to learn that around 85 per cent of storyboards are still hand-drawn – and while this may seem obsolete in a world of green screens and computer-generated imagery, Russell says stories must be mapped out on paper long before any special effects can be put in place