Storyboard to get production funding

Funding your film/video production

Have you written a screenplay based on “true events” or started a documentary project and looking for a way to fund it? We know that storyboards help persuade investors to fund projects.

“A picture is worth 1000 words. Storyboards can be worth a million.”

So if you’ve already caught the eye of a producer, congratulations! If not, here’s some more info we thought might be helpful to your quest.

First of all, get creative. You might want to broaden the target audience of your project, so you can broaden your target for fundraising.

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Use crowdfunding

After a little research, seems like it is clear that film and art projects account for a good percentage of donations/investments.

How about GO FUND ME to start a project?  Or Cinecrowd?
Or research other crowdfunding options.

In addition, notice that each of the crowdfunding sites have their own rules, fees and cater to different audiences. So after you expand your target market, you will have expanded your opportunity to meet your funding goal. Hence, make sure they accept international contributions.

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Build a following with your passion

But it will be up to you to get the word out about your crowdfunding campaign  …and your need for funding. After you start a campaign, post it to your social media contacts from either LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram followers. Sharing your passion will create a sense of community as you build a campaign and get people involved. And your community of supporters will also act as cheerleaders for your message on social media and in future campaigns and projects.

But how much funding to go for?

The only way to know is to estimate your budget.

More about indie budgets

You can use PowerProduction’s AutoActual program to estimate production costs. AutoActuals is a commercial bidding/budgeting software (Excel PlugIn) that is used on shorter media projects like commercials, music videos or short films.

Storyboards will help you get to the next phase

If your idea is a high concept ‘barn burner’ and you secure funding without presenting a ‘creative package’*, our storyboard software (StoryBoard Quick or StoryBoard Artist) will help you save time and money in pre-production phase as well as during camera and talent set up time when you’re on the set.

Let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear from you.

Here’s an example of a crowdfunding campaign

*Creative package a/k/a Business Plan: One sheet with logline, synopsis, short treatment, info on target audience, key personnel, advisers, budget and ideas on distribution.

“Saving time in preproduction and on the set means big savings to the budget.”

23 Years of Storyboard Software Excellence


23 years ago digital storyboarding was born. We knew there was a better way, so we created the best storyboard software. Way back before the turn-of-the-century, StoryBoard Quick burst on the scene when floppy disks ruled and faxing boards was hi-tech. For those old enough to remember, ShowBiz Expo in Los Angeles was where we first released StoryBoard Quick in all of its black & white glory. It even included graphics on a single floppy due to the use of vector graphics. We still use vector graphics, including now all other formats since hard drives are now measured in gigabytes and disk space is approaching an unlimited amount. We’ve all come a long way since then!

See how far we’ve come!

See how far and check out our latest previs release, StoryBoard Artist 7, simply the best in storyboarding! With unlimited posing, there are no limits to the level of detail you want to create. Start with any pose and change it down to the last fingertip and any angle of view. That’s right, real 3D with the speed of 2D. The best of both worlds.

Independent motion of all elements makes shot movement a snap. Really show the movement in your shots. Everyone will understand even the most complex shots as they play out over time. Just frame the beginning and the end and Artist 7 does the rest.

Thank you to all of our users current, past and future!

 

StoryBoard Artist Studio 7: Powerful Perfection

What good is power if you can’t wield it?

Introducing the new StoryBoard Artist Studio 7, the ultimate hybrid digital storyboarding solution. It perfectly pairs industry-standard professional power that you can wield. All in an easy-to-use, quick-to-create environment. With StoryBoard Artist Studio 7 you can seamlessly go from script to storyboard. Produce stunning storyreels and animatics for both pitch and production.

Whether you’re an artist, looking to draw by hand or a director looking for artistic assistance (pre-drawn, pre-rendered artwork) or a 3D buff wanting to control every angle – StoryBoard Artist Studio 7 has the power you need.

Top tier storyBoard software features

StoryBoard Artist Studio 7’s Paint Canvas gives artists the tools for easy animation and illustration. So use a pressure-sensitive Wacom tablet to draw directly into the frame and onion-skin the next and previous frames to produce your animation.

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The All New Montage Print Page

PowerProduction’s Montage Print Page is the most powerful storyboard software layout tool on the market. More than just a continuous linear storyboard template, the Studio Version of StoryBoard Artist gives you complete control. As a result, any frame can be places anywhere on the page.  Insert any image, overlap frames, show directional arrows to indicate camera movement. The possibilities are endless! It’s next level in storyboard layouts at a fraction of the cost of using multiple software products.

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Feature length fine tuning

New Custom F/X puts the power of the camera into your storyboards. Show Depth of Field, create Shadows and Auto Reverse Shot all with a single mouse click. Add Screens and Filters including Black and White and Sepia tones. Edit image brightness, contrast, color, opacity and even perspective. Fine tune storyboards until you’re satisfied.

Rough draft the entire project with StoryBoard Artist Studio’s precision animatic controls. As each frame is created, it is inserted into an a timeline. This allows for timing the project – in motion before production! Lock and adjust segments of sequences, sync audio such as dialog, SFX and music, mix and level a full 16 tracks of audio. Best of all, save various versions of the animatic to preview an unlimited amounts of edits. While this feature is especially helpful to workgroups, the project is in addition quickly viewable and easy to edit!

Incredibly accessible

Finally, export your project to just about any format. Export directly to an editor (Final Cut Pro Interchange, Avid NLE, Adobe Premiere CC); take it to advanced video formats or also go online/mobile with exports to HTML 5, m4v, Flash and more!

StoryBoard Artist Studio 7 is easy and accessible when you want it and incredibly powerful when you need it!

Questions about StoryBoard Artist Studio 7? Ask us in Live Chat – we’re happy to help!

Martini Boosts Your Productivity At A New Lower Price!

Martini’s New Lower Price!

There’s never been a better time to download PowerProduction Software‘s #1 shot creator – Martini QuickShot!  Since it was designed for editors to help create shots and storyboards from right inside their digital non-linear editors, Martini boosts and boasts maximum productivity. Now at a lower price!

Martini QuickShot editorial plug-in

Check out Martini’s streamlined website where you can download a risk-free, 30-day trial and begin visualizing your shots and bridging the gap between un-shot footage and your final edit. Martini comes complete with actors, backgrounds and in-frame text capabilities. Choose from hundreds of pre-designed, pre-laid out shots. Use the shots as-is or edit them in the Composite Frame so you can get just the right look for your scene. Consequently, your project comes into focus like never before.

Works With Any Editor!

Finally, when you purchase Martini for your Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid or Vegas Pro you receive a 21-day access pass to Studio Backlot – the ultimate, one-stop production resource.

So, not only is Martini the easiest, most powerful way to create storyboards in your editor, but now it’s ONLY $99.  Save 50% and get hundreds of unique shots and sequences to place into your timeline. And no more black slugs, no more holes in your edit. Therefore, boosts productivity. Martini QuickShot completes your vision and gives you an optimal idea of your final project in real time. Finally, a way out of the black hole.

“Martini is an extremely easy-to-use storyboarding plug-in for NLE’s. It is set up for the editor who needs to fill holes. Or the director playing with new sequence ideas for a work-in-progress. Give it a try; it just may save your edit!” – doddleNEWS

So, check out the new Martini website and download it today!

StoryBoard Quick Direct for iPad 4.0

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From the creators of the #1 desktop storyboarding software, comes our latest mobile app designed for filmmakers of every level compose shot ideas – on the go! StoryBoard Quick Direct turns your iPad into a mobile pre-visualization tool that will allow you to create and show off your storyboards and cinematic ideas, wherever you are! And, as a bonus, import them into your laptop application and keep boarding.

Be your own location scout

Take any photo to use as a location or when something inspires you, take a photo right where you are and use it instantly!

Casting call

Quick Direct comes with great-looking looking actors in multiple positions and rotations so blocking the shot is a snap. Even add your favorite characters from our desktop versions.

Direct the shot action

Zoom-in, Zoom-out and add directional arrows to define the action or camera movement.

Caption This

Every frame has its own caption for director’s note or dialog. Type or dictate your dialog or comments using the built-in microphone and speech-to-text technology. Set the font, size, color and your captions can be visible during playback as well!

Previs the Action!

Want to see your storyboards in motion? Just press play and watch your storyboard sequence playback on your mobile device. Set and save the frame duration, sit back and watch the show.

Get an overview

View your entire project as thumbnails in the overview window. Rearrange frames with the swipe of your finger and jump to any frame in the sequence for additional editing.

Upload to your desktop StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist!

Now, you can even take your mobile previs and work on them in your copy of StoryBoard Quick or StoryBoard Artist. Upload your storyboards to your own cloud and open them right onto your desktop where you can substitute characters, add more elements, import your script and more. Quick DIRECT is a great tool for when the inspiration hits you when you’re on the go.

Now upload and download through our SBQ Cloud

Your cloud subscription will open the door to unlimited upload storage of your projects for easy access to your projects on both your desktop and your iPhone.

Print directly from your app!

Choose from preset storyboard formats just like your desktop version of Quick. For unlimited options see our more advanced desktop application StoryBoard Artist 7.

And More Artwork Available

Choose from special character bundles and get all of our cool storyboard characters and extra Quick artwork, including props & locations now too. Layer them all into all your frames, export to pdf and send it to your cast and crew right from the app!

StoryBoard Artist 7 is Coming!

StoryBoard Artist 7 is an essential tool for a filmmaker

StoryBoard Artist storyboard software makes it possible for fast creation of digital and animatic storyboards. Unlimited posable characters, motion graphics, and also integrated mobile apps headline new features in the new storyboard software version.
This is a game changer for previzualization software,” says Paul Clatworthy, Creative Director at PowerProduction.

StoryBoard Software Flexibility

“It combines 2D simplicity with 3D flexibility, so it’s the best of both worlds. Directors therefore can create the shot they want without building a whole 3D world. Plus they can simply tweak characters in 3D just like directing actors. Finally, StoryBoard Artist 7  builds on our rich history of innovation in media production software while keeping ease of use.”

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StoryBoard Artist 7 – Key New Features

Unlimited Posing, start with quick poses then tweak it

Motion Graphics, show movement of characters within shots

Supports standard 3D formats,  Autodesk .FBX, Google SketchUp

Integrated with our mobile apps, making storyboarding on the go

Expanded Timeline editing & sound sweetening

Imports native screenplay formats, Final Draft, Screenwriter, and more

Floating licensing, rather than hardware key

In addition, Streamlined interface

Pricing and Availability

StoryBoard Artist 7 is available through our worldwide reseller channel and direct from our website at www.powerproduction.com for 499.99 USD. Upgrade pricing is available for users of StoryBoard Quick or previous versions of StoryBoard Artist.

Characters Make a Difference in your Storyboard

CharacterDiffsFSure you can create a storyboard that has generic characters as placeholders in a frame. And sometimes that’s all you need for you and the crew. But other times, when you’re trying to persuade a client or producer to see things your way, you’ll need a little extra umph. So that’s why we have optional characters for our storyboard software. They come in a variety of styles, both included and additional to add to your projects.

Extra Character Umph

Looking for more kids? Check out our popular Kids Suite. It includes characters, props and locations. That’s why we call it a suite. It’s many libraries in a whole new toolbar.

Need more corporate people? The Business Suite is perfect for your corporate videos for both Quick and Artist.

More variety of characters are also available. From hipsters to sitcom characters to families.

Need more Props, we have those too for you commercial directors that specialize in table top and other closeup work.

Don’t see what you’re looking for ? Click to chat with us and see if we can help. Our previs experts love helping you with your projects.

Happy Boarding!

PowerFinder – New Video – See how our director’s viewfinder works!

It’s the coolest and most complete director’s viewfinder available for your iPhone & iPad. So much more than just a device with lightweight optics that allows a director to frame a shot using the correct focal length and aspect ratio — without having to maneuver the whole camera rig into place. The PowerFinder app enables picking any camera sensor, any lens, any aspect, and any format to find the perfect shot anytime, anywhere and saves the data.

See the slick operation and features in new video here

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See the video of our ultimate director’s viewfinder – PowerFinder

Get the new PowerFinder today!

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PowerFinder for iPad

Use the slick heads-up display to check out all the stats for your shot. From focal length, ISO, speed, dutch angle, compass heading, GPS, horizon, aspect ratio, sensor, third lines, color & lightness histograms and more. Finally, save the shot with all of the data embedded or visible in the frame into a custom album for your show.

FIrst, choose any sensor size, no matter what camera you’re using. Choose your favorite prime lens and preview it instantly. Therefore you’ll know precisely where to put your camera for every setup.

In additon to discovering your shots, you’ll know exactly which lens to use. Choose the exact specifications rather than carrying extra equipment. The same as from your favorite primes including Arri, Canon, Cooke, Fuji, Panavision, Red, Rokinon, Schneider, Vantage, Zeiss and more. Modern and legacy prime lenses are also included. Including Anamorphic and custom multipliers. So it’s truly the pro’s choice for a director’s viewfinder in your pocket.

See more info about PowerFinder – Ultimate Director’s Viewfinder

See more about our other mobile apps

See StoryBoard Quick Direct in Action: Mobile App!

Create Anywhere, Share Everywhere using StoryBoard Quick Direct mobile app (Available for iPhone, iPad and Android!)StoryBoard Quick Direct for your mobile device

Filmmakers know that inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere. Now, whether you are on the subway or in the suburbs when you see that perfect setting appear before you – capture it and storyboard that idea with the help of your iOS or Android device and PowerProduction’s mobile app, StoryBoard Quick Direct! View our video demonstration of StoryBoard Quick Direct mobile app.

Storyboard on location with “StoryBoard Quick Direct!” Mobile App

Enjoy the power of digital storyboards with the freedom of mobility. Take photos while on location and immediately storyboard your shot ideas using the Stand-In Character Library, write (or dictate) notes into the caption, and play your project as an animatic! StoryBoard Quick Direct, the storyboard creation app for iPhoneiPad HD and Android that will extend your desktop application’s productivity. .. for both Macintosh and Windows.

Continue reading “See StoryBoard Quick Direct in Action: Mobile App!”

Ken Burns On Transcendent Stories

Master Documentarian Ken Burns shares his love of story with up and coming filmmakers.

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts…”

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In a recent short video, Burns explains that while logically we know that 1+1=2, when it comes to telling a truly great story filmmakers should be looking for a 1+1=3 equation. A story where that extra, potentially unseen, element “love”, “god” or “reason” is what truly matters most to the audience. A story where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is what is required for a more engaging tale.

 Flawed heroes, compelling villains.

Burns finds that sometimes a complicated tale is the tale that’s most worth telling.  Provide and discover rich characters that are good but flawed and villains that have identifiable reasons to connect with the audience.

Emotional truth must be earned.

Burns understands that film and the stories they tell are, as a byproduct, manipulation. But while that word has negative connotations, it’s not necessarily bad. As a filmmaker Burns looks to move his audience through sincerity and truth. By utilizing his truth he looks to connect emotionally with his audience and build a story that is transcendent and one that reminds us all that it’s ok to be human.

Watch the full video of Burns passionately talking about his love of story in the full video below.

To help better tell your stories cinematically, check out PowerProduction’s line of storyboard software and begin to make better movies today.

Martini QuickShot plugin now for Mac Premiere Pro CC

MartiniMacPPMartini QuickShot Creator for Post-Production is now available as a plug-in for the Premiere Pro CC Macintosh editing system. Previously available for Premiere Pro Windows, we’ve added the Mac due to overwhelming demand!

Martini is the revolutionary post-production application that brings the creativity of visualization into editing.  Rather than breaking the flow of your work in progress with white-text-on-a-black-background slugs describing the missing shots, we developed Martini QuickShot, using the QuickShot Technology and the power of our previs software, StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist to simply and easily create shots that look like what you plan to shoot. Martini comes with built-in artwork of characters & locations and even use the characters over your video. Now your slugs will better represent your plan for your missing shots. And editors can create sequences that better illustrate ideas for pickups.

By bringing visualization into post, editors and post creatives can now develop missing shots using Martini QuickShot artwork from within their editing software. Martini lightens the load of editors and directors, and allows clients and crew to better visualize a work in progress project.

Martini QuickShot is also available for Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CC Mac/Win.  See all versions and system requirements – Link for purchasing

Indie Advice So Good…It’s Scary!

With over seventy-five producer credits to his name, longtime independent filmmaker and master of the low-budget horror flick Jason Blum has learned a few tips and tricks in his journey to founding his successful production company Blumhouse. So how exactly do you take $15,000 and turn it into a billion dollar success story?

The creatives over at IndieWire distilled some of his and his executives advice to up and coming filmmakers from the 2015 Produced By Conference and despite being a master of the horror genre (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, Oculus), the super-producer’s prescription for success is anything but scary.  Check out some of the ways in which indie auteurs of all ages can turn production nightmares into cinematic dreams.

Think outside the box…but within the budget.

Blumhouse executives insist on two things: giving director’s freedom to bring their vision to life and strictly staying within a set budget. These pairing of rules often spark collaboration as directors open themselves up to all ideas in order to get what they want.

“”We say, ‘You’re a MacGyver. You have two Popsicle sticks and a roll of duct tape — what do you want to make?'”

Then the production house gets to work on trying to get it done, while keeping the monetary restrictions in tact so that they can still “take chances” but there’s not too much at risk.

Commitment to crew.

Blumhouse believes that consistency in crew members reaps rewards. Whenever they can the production house tries to provide work for crew who have been a part of previous productions as it brings a “certain level of stability” to the shoot and provides young directors some extra creative insight to help them achieve their goals.

When you take care of your crew, they will take care of you.

Keep it flexible and keep it fun.

When working on a smaller budget sometimes you need to bend to the will of those not making a ton of money to be a part of your project which means you’ll need to be fast and flexible in order to accommodate the schedules of those you have chosen to work with. Blum notes that sometimes you may need to be ready “at a moment’s notice” in order to get the time you need with the attached talent and crew so be prepared.

At the same time, a run and gun operation can lead to some fun – you should embrace that. Lower budget productions can take some of the pressure off.

“ I really feel like there is a real correlation between not spending a lot of money and having fun.” Blum noted citing the fact that everyone has a little less to lose and everything to gain.

Looking for even more insight from Blum and Co,? Check out the full article over at IndieWire!