Scale Clock Tower Walls In Stunning 'Hugo' (2011) Storyboards

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) swept the box office this last weekend and one of the artists that brought it to life is Peter Popken (V for Vendetta, The Bourne Supremacy, Æon Flux)
Synopsis: Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick’s award winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this magical tale is Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D.
Thanks to Popken sharing his work on his blog we get a peek behind the curtain. This storyboard is from part of the opening sequence where Hugo rushes through the walls of the train station. Roger Ebert describes it this way, "The opening shot swoops above the vast cityscape of Paris and ends with Hugo (Asa Butterfield) peering out of an opening in a clock face far above the station floor."

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