Look at Roman Epic Storyboards By an 11-Year Old Martin Scorsese

July 30, 2014

The Eternal City

Today we all know Martin Scorsese as the director of acclaimed films like Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and the Best Picture winning The Departed. But at a young age, Scorsese had a taste for Roman epics, and he actually drew some incredible storyboards to illustrate what his film would look like. These drawings popped up in David Thompson's incredible book Scorsese on Scorsese, but now they've been posted in great quality online. These are super impressive for an 11-year old kid, and what's even more awesome is that at this young age, Scorsese already knew who he wanted to star.

Here's 11-year old Martin Scorsese's storyboards from Cinephila and Beyond (via The Playlist):

The Eternal City

As you can see, the film is called The Eternal City, and the young Scorsese described it as "a fictitious story of royalty in Ancient Rome." And he even knew that he wanted Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Virginia Mayo and Alec Guinness. Funnily enough, the young Scorsese actually made his credit as producer and director bigger than any of the names of his would-be actors. Again, these drawings are spectacular for an 11-year old, but it just goes to show you that Scorsese has always had an eye for the cinematic, and his genius and love for film have been gestating since a very young age. Amazing, right?

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  • jay
    Love it. Im not one to dish out the term 'genius' very often, but Scorcese is pushing it.
    More talent at 11 years of age, than half of the directors currently working in Hollyweird.
  • Terry Craig
    Nice to see this again, but these pictures have been around for a long time on the webs.




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