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Original storyboard book used in the film's production by Ernest D. Farino. 

The incredibly talented artist Michael Ploog drew storyboards for The Thing from the scenes envisioned in Bill Lancaster's screenplay.  Ploog and Rob Bottin worked hand-in-hand on the effects, Ploog with his sketches and pencils, Bottin with clay and sculptures.  Mentor Huebner, another talented illustrator, came in to fill Ploog's shoes and work on the Blair Monster.  He designed the storyboards and laid out the scenes for this complex sequence which would take the visual effects crew to their very limits. Ploog left production early and Mentor took over as the head illustrator, completing the final design on the Blair Monster with Rob Bottin.  A nod also to Willy Whitten who drew concept storyboards for various scenes. 

"We were constantly fighting the Blair Monster from looking funny.  We had to be careful it didn't go ridiculously overboard.  One laugh in the crowd and there goes the whole ballgame." ~Mentor Huebner. 

Click a gallery to view photos full size and scroll through, there are lots of storyboards to see in each gallery! 

The Spaceship

The Norwegian Camp

The Kennel


Norris Transformation

Garry and Nauls

Blair Monster

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