Scorsese at Age 11: Epic Storyboards

zhon5xnvtvomhhc7msfrMartin Scorsese knew from a young age he would become a filmmaker.  “As if you needed any more reason to be in awe of Scorsese, here he is at 11 years-old, making storyboards for a Roman epic titled The Eternal City.” writes  Kevin Jagernauth at Indiewire, “For the imagined movie, the young Scorsese dreamcasted Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Virginia Mayo and Alec Guinness, for what was described as “a fictitious story of royalty in Ancient Rome.” Of course, those dreams weren’t realized, and curiously, Scorsese has never made a Roman epic, but hey, there’s still time. Too bad he can’t get that original cast though, because we’d watch the hell out of that.”tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio1_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio2_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio3_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio7_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio5_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio6_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio9_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio8_r1_1280tumblr_lww5u8FcJE1qzdvhio4_r1_1280The set of storyboards is reproduced in Michael Henry Wilson’s book, Scorsese on Scorsese. Geoffrey MacNab, in his review of the book, notes that the suite of illustrations “underlines the obsessive cinephilia that characterised Scorsese, even as a child. It is an intricately drawn and calligraphed set of images … very carefully drawn and coloured in. It is striking that he has given himself a bigger credit as producer-director than any of the stars.”

Scorsese himself describes his obsession in more severe terms. “Film is a disease… as with heroin, the antidote to film is more film,’ Scorsese once observed, quoting his fellow director Frank Capra.” [via The Independent]