Gergely König-Kapus is the storyboard artist for seasons two, three and four of The Boys. Given The Boys’ content, the storyboards that Gergely draws are certainly … well, you get the point.
Please tell us about how you were hired as a storyboard artist for The Boys.
I got on [in] season two, so I think that was kind of middle of 2019. I was contacted by a production manager I had worked with in the past to come on the show. Actually at that time I didn't even know what the show was. I hadn't seen it yet. So I just took it on as just, okay, here, here's another new show kind of thing. Another job so to speak. And then yeah, I had my first meeting in 2019 and I think it was in the middle of, they were kind of close to finishing sort later episodes of season two
So you had no idea what you were getting yourself into.
No idea. And then the first scene, I don't know if you recall this, was that it was those zombies type characters and in season two near the end there were it's like a vomit monster. That's what it was. So then I'm like, okay, well this is something new. Interesting. Yeah.
That leads perfectly to my next question. Some of the episodes have been quite interesting, to say the least.
Yes, yes. I've sent you some of the storyboards of the more interesting scenes if you will. Yeah.
What has been the episode or the scene that you have most enjoyed working on?
That's a really good question. There were a few. I really enjoyed working with Alex Graves. He's a great director. He's back and forth through The Boys I think, and Game of Thrones and the final episode of season two with the big fight in the aircraft hanger. That was a lot of fun to work on. So really high action pack scene cars, flying explosions, running through the woods that kind of thing. That was a lot of fun. Another really great scene to work on was the .. I dunno how to say this, without raising some eyebrows. Probably the dildo fight, which is actually fun. But also one of the more complicated scenes I had to work on. There's a lot that went into it.
We have a lot of things moving places, and even within something so ridiculous and funny, you still have to keep a lot of technical aspects in check. The location. Who's next to who, there's a million characters, you gotta watch their eyelines. You gotta make sure the continuity of the scene flows you know, got the right access so people are on frame left and the other guys on frame, right. You gotta kind of keep that relationship in check so that as any fight scenes go. But yeah, there was just a lot of moving parts, a lot of characters. They were the girls on the bed, there were guards stationed all around the room. And then of course the weapons which she had to procure the weapons which were also another part of the location. So just keeping all that in check. Trying to appease of director's vision as well as filling in some of the black boxes where they need it. Right.
Yeah, exactly. So as a storyboard writer, are you ever on set to watch these things happening or are you just work all from off location?
Oh yeah. Yeah, really good question. It really depends on the director and I guess the complexity of the scene, sometimes it's a 50/50 thing with The Boys, they'll invite me in for a meeting and there have been times where I've had to go on location as well. I think the fight scene that I did with Starlight and Black Noir in season two they did actually bring me on set and then they walked me through the action. Typically I'll take out my phone and I'll film them talking about it and walking through the whole scene and then from that I will start to break it down into shots and then draw it out.
So do you ever watch the finished product?
I do. I try to check it out. I try to check out the scenes that I worked on. I'm actually currently making my way through season one of the boys cuz I to catch up on. It's funny thing actually, a lot of the times when you work so closely on a scene or a television show, you almost know it so well at that point that you're sometimes less inclined or just too busy to watch the whole thing. But yeah, I do check out the scenes I've worked on and sometimes on my website I'll even do a comparison of what was drawn in the planning stages to what was actually shot in the final production.
What do you enjoy the most about working on The Boys?
You know what it is, it's always a surprise.
Kripke is an evil genius.
Yeah, that's right. You, as they say, you couldn't make this up but you can't. Right. Yeah. I think I'm always surprised as to where or how creative these scenes sort turned out to me. I like the element of humor and comedy. It's really interesting how there's like this fine line between funny and gruesome and it creates a really kind of almost awkward viewing experience, but exactly. It ends up just making you laugh out loud, whether you're cringing or there's always a smile associated with whatever your eyes are doing. There's always some kinda a smile.
What can fans of The Boys look forward to for season four?
I think that they can look forward to a lot of fun action packed scenes that they've been used in the past but taken to with anything that progresses to another level. I think they'll be very happy and they won't be disappointed to say the least. There's a lot of interesting things that are gonna be happening and myself, I'm not always privy to entire scripts. They send us what's called slides of the scenes that they want us to work on. So sometimes I just get a very small piece of the entire pie to kind of digest. But I can say that without a doubt it's gonna be awesome and fans are gonna really like it.
Amazing interview. Good work. I really enjoyed it especially the part where speaks about issues and dealing with it. You've just tripled my love for Dee Thanks a lot.