Free StoryBoard Quick & Artist Update

Attention all Quick 6.1 and Artist 5.1 users
Yosemite Ready!

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Fully tested on the latest Macintosh 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 8.1, the new versions are ready to go. The #1 easy-to-use digital storyboarding lines of software, StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist.

The free update is easily accessible right from within your application, launch your applications and select the HELP Menu. In the menu, scroll down and select the Check For Updates option.

The application will then automatically detect if you are on the latest version and, if not, will assist you with the easy download and install process.

If you are not on the current version of StoryBoard Quick or StoryBoard Artist and need to upgrade, you can purchase and download your upgrade online.

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Cinema, Television & Emerging Media Studies

As storytelling continues to thrive in today’s media, colleges are keeping up with the trends. One of the top colleges for African Americans, Morehouse College has now added StoryBoard Quick to their CTEMS (Cinema, Television & Emerging Media Studies) major studies. Using Quick their first assignment was to storyboard a story utilizing the stages of the Hero’s Journey. Their professor, writer-producer AVERY O. WILLIAMS sent this pic and says “Thank you for your assistance and fine program. I’m sure more queries will arise especially as we move down the road toward the completion of their film projects next semester.”CTEMS-Pre-Viz-Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martini QuickShot Now Available For Sony Vegas

Martini QuickShot now available on Sony Vegas

Martini QuickShot now available on Sony Vegas!

Vegas Editors and Video Directors have a new way to visualize edits.

Martini Quickshot, the fastest and easiest way for editors to visualize unshot footage, has come to Sony’s professional video editing system Vegas Pro 13 & Vegas Pro 12.

With modern day production no longer exclusively being conducted in phases, there’s a good chance you will be both in the shooting stage and editing stage at the same time and Martini QuickShot filling in the gaps with great looking shots and sequences.  Martini allows directors and editors to keep the integrity of any projects timing and visual continuity by allowing creatives to create shots right from inside their digital editing system.

 See Your Shots Before They’re Done

No more blank slugs or black frames with text talking about what “may” be here.  See your ideas in shots and sequences placed right in the middle of your real footage to help establish a clearer, closer actual representation of what the finished project will look like.  See what shots still need to be completed and know the exact timing of necessary second unit/pickup shots.

A Martini For Every Editor

Martini, already available for Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro, has proved to be so valuable for filmmakers of every level that it’s now been made available for Sony Vegas.  No matter what type of project your production calls for – movies, TV, commercials, web series or industrials – Sony Vegas Pro plus Martini QuickShot will help you with easy-to-use HD video editing and now…shot creation.

You can check out the demo and purchase Martini QuickShot directly from PowerProduction Software.

HTML Export Is The Easy Share StoryBoard Solution

HTML Export For Simple Sharing

When it comes to storyboards, while it’s great for directors to be able to create a great-looking visual shortlist, you are likely going to want to share those shots with your crew and cast so they can get inside the creative mind.  With powerful software like StoryBoard Quick, sharing your vision is easy and just one of the simple ways to do that is by exporting your storyboards to HTML.

When you export your storyboards to HTML, all you need to do is drag and drop a page into your favorite browser to check them out.  With StoryBoard Quick you have two options when it comes to HTML export: webpage or website.

Webpage Export

When you opt to export your boards as a webpage, SBQ kicks out a single page with all your storyboards lined up on the far left side and any captions that accompany them will be placed immediately to the frame’s right.  This is single page access to every shot as all you need to do is scroll to view shot after shot.  Incredibly fast, export to webpage gives your crew the vision in bulk and let’s you quickly get an overview of the entire project.

Website Export

If you are looking for a little more presentation, select export to a website.  The website option highlites each individual frame, centering the larger storyboard in the center of a black background.  The code includes navigation links so you can cycle through the entire project one by one and jump forward and backwards.  If you are looking for a little more impact for your storyboards, or are telling a story that requires more caption space, this option will be perfect for sharing.

Watch: Video Tutorial of Export to HTML Feature

The next time you are looking to share some cinematic ideas and you’ve created storyboards to showcase your shots, export to HTML and upload them to a server or ship them off in an email for all to see.

For great-looking, easy-to-create storyboards to help you on your next project, use the powerful features of StoryBoard Quick!

New Additions For Mobile Storyboards!

The next step in mobile storyboarding.

With the latest version of PowerProduction’s popular mobile storyboarding application, StoryBoard Quick Direct for iPhone and Android, directors and creatives have been able to complete and create cinematic shots from absolutely anywhere.  Now, with the latest version and new addition of Add-On Actors, those storyboards can have a brand new looks complete with a unique set of actors to complete your vision.

The new version of StoryBoard Quick Direct makes some of your favorite Add-On Libraries from the StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist desktop versions, available right there on your mobile app.  Whether you are looking for your project to take a serious turn by utilizing on of the popular character in the Drama series (Drama 1, Drama 2 & Drama 3) or a unique hilarious look from the Comedy set, your boards can convey more attitude and feel than ever before.

If you are working on an action flick, check out the explosive Stuntman Add-On or even the muscular Zeus. There are 26 new character in total (51 in total!), all of which can travel with your storyboards to the cloud and be downloaded onto your desktop version of StoryBoard Quick or StoryBoard Artist.

With mobile storyboarding being so fast, cheap and easy there’s no reason that dedicated filmmakers can’t always be working on their next creation.  StoryBoard Quick Direct helps you do just that – full time filmmaking, no matter where you are.

When you see a shot, take it – with StoryBoard Quick direct.

Make sure you check out all of PowerProduction’s Mobile applications, for dedicated filmmakers of every level.

Award Winning Locations & Your StoryBoards

The backdrop for your shot is, often times, what brings the whole look and feel of your film together. On productions, it’s the role of the location scout to help find interesting, spectacular and cinematically cohesive locations to bring the directors vision to life. More than that though, the scout will also, often times, help negotiate the ability for the film to get access to the location – whether it’s a vast desert for a show like “Game Of Thrones” or the jam packed city streets of New York as seen in the “Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

In the past, this all-important task has been overlooked come awards season. As other aspects of filmmaking garners awards, the location scouts who find these amazing settings, felt a little overlooked. Not anymore. After a decade in existence Location Managers Guild of America held their first ever awards ceremony this week honoring some of their members who helped bring some of the most memorable shots to the screen in 2013.

From feature films to television to commercials were honored by the over 450 members who attended, according to Variety, with “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” taking home the big prize for outstanding location feature.

How do location scouts know where to look? It all starts with the director and the script. As the director, you need to help guide your location scout so they can best serve the project. One way to do this is by giving your storyboards a boost with amazing locations. While descriptors will go a long way, finding similar style locations to use in your digital storyboards will point your location scout in the right direction in finding a selection of possible shooting spaces.

Even on an indie project, where perhaps you are both the director and responsible for finding locations, you can utilize a vast array of locations to help stimulate your creativity in finding the perfect look for the scene.

Check out PowerProduction’s massive stockpile of Ultimate Locations. A vast array of storyboard-optimized locations, perfect for dragging and dropping right into your digital storyboards. Find that perfect backdrop which will bring the entire look and feel of a scene together.

Watch: The New Ultimate Locations Website

While you may not be a member of the LMGA just yet, there’s no reason you can’t excel in providing yourself with the perfect place for your next project.

For more information on Ultimate Locations visit the webpage and to view the #1 digital storyboarding solutions on the market check out StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist.

Technology in Film

Tech innovations in filmmaking and gaming technology advances have been widespread both in the world of movies and gaming. From black and white to 3D, these two giant industries have come a long way. In 2013, the total domestic box office gross is approximately $12.9 Billion:Statistics Brain from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The growing revenues of the movie industry can be attributed not only to the moviegoers but also to the technological advances throughout the years. As a medium for art, filmmaking has always been about innovation. In 1895, Louis Lumiere gave us the very first motion picture camera. Louis, together with his brother Auguste, became known as the Lumiere brothers, the earliest filmmakers in history. From the bulky camera systems to the camera that could move around, here are the top five innovations in filmmaking:

Steadicam
To make a hand-held shot appear smooth and fluid, camera innovator Garrett Brown invented the Steadicam in 1976. The system utilized weight distribution and a rotating gimbal to perfect hand-held shots. Because of the steady shot, a cameraman was able to shoot Rocky Balboa up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dolly
Before 1907, filmmaking means the camera was stuck in one place until Segundo de Chomon invented the camera on wheels also known as dolly.

CGI
Unlike the first two innovations CGI or computer generated imaging was not born on a film set but was conceptualized in university research labs with an objective to make pictures from computer data. The first movie to make extensive use of CGI was Tron in 1982. After that, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and the Pixar Studio followed suit and revolutionized CGI in movies such as The Terminator, Jurassic Park, and Toy Story.

More Than A “Trick”, Storyboards A Necessity

Filmmakers are always looking for “tips and tricks” to help them make better movies. While storyboarding often finds it’s way under something that would be “nice to have” with today’s easy to use technology, like StoryBoard Quick, the one time luxury pre-production step has gone from something you can to – to something you must do if you want to make your movie the best it can be.

Whether you are at the helm of a multi-million dollar production or the director and cameraman of your own indie short, planning to do a run-and-gun style shoot, storyboards are the essential visual reference to make sure that you never forget a shot. The fact is, while there are some amazing storyboard artists out there who can draw just about anything, you don’t need to be an artist yourself to come up with a great-looking, comprehensive list of shots.  In fact, storyboards really just need to make sense to you and those you are working with in order to help everyone understand what is needed for the next shot.

Check out this short video from RODE Reel where they make the case for implementing storyboards on every kind of shoot. Applications like StoryBoard Artist and StoryBoard Quick help you quickly and effectively convey the cinematic shots you see in your head and get everyone on the same page.

Creativity Can Strike At Any Time – Be Ready!

StoryBoard Quick Direct named a “Top 5 App for Filmmakers!”

With film technology getting better every day there’s really no reason that a dedicated filmmaker should be unprepared when creativity strikes. Take for instance PowerProduction‘s mobile app for iPhone an Android, StoryBoard Quick Direct. It’s technology that’s so easy and smart and it still gives filmmakers of every experience level a complete storyboarding tools in the palm of your hand.

StoryBoard Quick Direct for iPhone and iPadVideo and Filmmaker Magazine recently named the latest version of StoryBoard Quick Direct one of their “Top 5 Apps for Filmmakers” and explains why it is a necessity for every director on the go.

“This is a very quick, easy to use storyboarding tool and is particularly useful for filmmakers who can’t draw. The vector graphics are easy to manipulate, using gestures to enlarge or rotate them into the positions you want. It looks attractive and incorporates well with PowerProduction’s professional apps, and it allows you to export each frame to your camera roll.”

They know that one never eally knows when inspiration will strike. Whether you find yourself on the subway or in the suburbs, when your mind’s eye sees the perfect shot for your film or video applications like StoryBoard Quick Direct help you quickly and easily capture that idea visually. Of course, from there, you can literally that that shot, created on your mobile device, and insert that into your core storyboards.

The fact is though that StoryBoard Quick Direct is so powerful, that one could storyboard an entire project right on their smartphone and then convert that to a mobile shot list. It’s visual organization for the entire project.

The trick is being prepared to work on your project no matter where you are and what you are doing, as you never know what is going to trigger your cinematic mind into generating that clear, concise shot. Whenever it happens, wherever you are you are going to want to use StoryBoard Quick Direct to capture that shot and make better movies.

Low And No Budget Tips for Better Filmmaking

low-budget-films-ppsThe fact is, you don’t need to have deep pockets to make an incredible movie.  All the elements of fantastic filmmaking can be achieved for next to no money if you know what to focus on.  Of course, solid preproduction and amazing storyboards, using the likes of StoryBoard Quick, are the best way to go but here are a few tips, courtesy of the Raindance Film Festival (which is now accepting submissions) to remind you to keep to the essentials of storytelling in order to make engaging films and videos.

Story – you hear it over and over but it’s true: if you have a good story, the rest will fall into place.  It’s like saying you don’t have anything if you don’t have your health, you don’t have a film if you don’t have a good story.

Firstly, your story must have characters with a specific goal. A specific goal is one that can be measured, so at a point in time we can see whether or not the character achieves or fails to achieve the goal. For example, if your character’s goal is to move out of London – this is a weak goal. We all want to leave London. It’s dirty, expensive and increasingly dangerous. But if the goal of your character is to leave London by noon tomorrow, or else… then we have a goal that is easily measured.

Secondly, your story has a setting. The setting can be usual or unusual.

Thirdly, there are the Actions of the main characters and finally what they say, or Dialogue.

Locations – The fewer locations your story has, the less time and money goes in to moving shot and people in to place.

Camera  - picking the right camera is paramount to quality, but you can still do this on a budget.

Choosing the camera that suits your script and your budget is simpler than ever before. Most likely you will be shooting on a digital camera. Two elements of any camera you should look out for are: compression and lenses. Remember that all digital cameras generate the same signal. What influences the image quality are the lenses you film through and the numbers of pixels per frame (compression)

Get Organized – if you don’t have your plans in order, you’ll be wasting everyone’s time and, likely, your money.

Nothing is more disheartening than showing up to help out on a mate’s shoot only to spend an hour looking for a screwdriver. Disorganization is totally unforgivable and easily preventable by advance planning. Make sure you know where everything is, and make sure everything and everybody shows up at the right place at the right time. If this is not within your organizational ability, partner with someone who is.

You’re Not Lucky, You’re Good:

“I believe that luck is earned through a combianation of hard work and karma, If you maintain your integrity and your passion, success will surely visit you.”

For more low to no budget tips and tricks visit the Raindance.org website.

Photo: Chris Doelle

It’s 2014: Time To Break Out Creatively and Break Into Hollywood!

The New Year is a great time to get one’s priorities in order. It’s a perfect starting point to get working on that new script, webseries or feature film you’ve been dreaming of. Sometimes though, it’s not the thought of what you will create that is the hard part, but what you will do with it once you’ve completed it that’s the daunting task. That’s where renegade producer Adi Shankar has some advice for you.

In a recent editorial for online website Bullett Media, 28 year old independent producer Shankar (The Grey, Lone Survivor) unloaded on tips on how to break into Hollywood. He also gives wiser-that-his-years advice on the creative process and the determination needed to really get where you want to go.

You can check out the entire article over at Bullett, but here’s some tips to get you going:
If You Want To Be A Storyteller You Need To Have A Point Of View:

“Diversity of experience is the only way to hone in on what your own unique point of view – also known as your “voice” – actually is, and expanding your social circle is a great place to start.”

The Internet is ******* Awesome!

“It’s an emerging storytelling platform and young filmmakers have an unprecedented opportunity to not only create cool shit, but to shape the narrative and language of the Internet, in the same way that Alfred Hitchcock did for the psychological thriller, or Steven Spielberg and George Lucas did for the blockbuster.”

The Future Lies in Collectives, So Assemble Yours Now!

“By collectives, I mean teams of creative people who constantly work together. Top filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Chris Nolan, and even niche acts like the Jackass guys, already operate like this. So waste no time! Surround yourself with smart people and develop your collective now, even if you’re still learning.”

Don’t Be Discouraged by People Who Don’t Believe

“Anyone who has ever set out to do something even slightly outside the norm has been mocked, questioned, and ridiculed. Realize that people’s doubts aren’t a reflection on you, your abilities, or your ultimate outcome. They are just upset at their own lack of imagination and inability to step out of their comfort zone, and you become a walking reminder of those insecurities. Ignore the haters.”

Shenkar has 13 lessons in total, all of which you’ll find interesting. So check it out, get inspired and start making a plan today to break out of your 2013 creative rut and into a new point of view for 2014.

Like Shankar says – it’s later than you think! Let’s get to work!

Do The Pros Storyboard?

The best of the best use storyboarding to help shape their cinematic on the biggest of projects.

Sometimes people need convincing that the best path to an amazing film is with extensive pre-production and, more specifically, storyboarding.  There is no worse feeling for a director than being on set, mid-production, trying to decide what the next shot is going to be.  The whole cast and crew sitting around waiting for a decision from a director who  is unprepared.

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The directors that have climbed to the top of the mountain know that storyboarding and pre-production is absolutely essential to both being a professional on set and creating a film or video worthy of attention.

Take for instance Barry Sonnenfeld.  Master director and at man at the helm of blockbusters like “Men In Black” (I, II, III), “Get Shorty”, “The Addams Family” and many, many more.  Here’s what he recenty had to say about the pre-production process:

“”Pre-production is worth everything: it’s where movies should be made.  Time is cheap and there’s little pressure during pre-production.  The nightmare I always try to avoid is looking out some window on the set and seeing grips and electrics playing Frisbee and napping on sound blankets, while I’m standing in the corner with the cinematographer trying to figure out where to put the camera.  Shot list and storyboard your entire movie before starting.  You can change things on the set, but at least you have a plan.”

The fact is, you no longer need a Men In Black budget in order to storyboard your cinematic ideas.  PowerProduction’s line of industry leading storyboarding application can help directors of every experience level achieve professional results with any budget.  Check out StoryBoard Quick for fast, easy storyboards or StoryBoard Artist for in-depth pre-production.

You can even storyboard on-the-go with PPS’s line of mobile storyboarding applications for your iPhone or Android.

With PowerProduction Software, everyone can put together a professional plan and make better movies.










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