Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' Storyboards Are Awesome and Bloody

Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' Storyboards Are Awesome and Bloody

May 07, 2013

Director Martin Scorsese's love of cinema began when his father started taking him to the local theater. The filmmaker used to consume movies as though his life depended on it. He started to create his own scenes, framing imaginary shots in a notebook and making flip-page animation books to see them set in motion. Scorsese has always worked from detailed storyboards, and website Open Culture just shared an awesomely bloody one from the director's 1976 film Taxi Driver.

"Storyboards express what I want to communicate,” he said in a 2011 interview. "They show how I would imagine a scene and how it should move to the next. The pencil line leaves little impression on the paper, so if the storyboard is photocopied it loses something. I refer back to my original drawings in order for me to conjure up the idea I had when I saw the pencil line made." What a poetic way of viewing something many would consider a doodle. Some kind soul created a video that shows Scorsese's storyboards and the live-action footage they reference, side by side. It's a fascinating look at an auteur's process.

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