An LA Times review of Conversations with Scorsese mentions the pencil that the famed director prefers for storyboarding – the Eberhard Faber Ebony 6325.
Eberhard Faber was purchased in the 1990s, and this pencil now exists as the Sanford Design Ebony 14420. I’ve never seen the 6325, and don’t know if the 14420 differs in composition.
Alternate formulation carbon/ebony pencils such as the 14420 were mentioned here in 2009. Note the informative comments.
I have no idea what Scorsese may be using in place of the 6325, but hope he has investigated the modern alternatives.
While graphite and clay are at the heart of what many of us perceive to be a pencil, it is fascinating to see alternate formulations praised.
Any storyboarders out there? What pencil do you use?