NEW StoryBoard Artist Studio 7: Powerful Perfection

What use is all the power if you cannot wield it?

Introducing the new StoryBoard Artist Studio 7, the ultimate hybrid digital storyboarding solution that perfectly pairs industry-standard professional power in an easy-to-use, quick-to-create environment. With StoryBoard Artist Studio 7 you work how you want to and to produce stunning storyboards for both pitch and production.

Whether you are an artist, looking to draw by hand or a director looking for artistic assistance in the form of pre-drawn, pre-rendered artwork or even a 3D buff wanting to control every angle – StoryBoard Artist Studio 7 has it all.

Top Tier Features

SBAStudio 7’s Paint Canvas gives artists the tools for easy animation and illustration. Use your 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 storyboarding layout tool on the market. More than just a continuous linear storyboard template, the Studio Version of SBA gives you complete control allowing users to place any frame anywhere on the page.  Insert any image, overlap frames, show directional arrows to indicate camera movement – the possibilities are endless! It’s next level storyboarding at a fraction of the cost.

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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 as well as edit any image’s brightness, contrast, color, opacity and even perspective. Fine tune those storyboards until they are just the way you want them.

Rough draft your entire project with StoryBoard Artist Studio’s precision animatic controls. Every frame in every project is inserted into an automatic animatic on a timeline allowing you to see your film, video or web series – in action before you shoot! Studio allows you to lock and adjust segments of sequences, sync audio such as dialog, SFX and music, mix and level a full 16 tracks of audio and even save various versions of your animatic so you can preview an unlimited amounts of edits. Users can quickly watch their project or tinker with every aspect of it!

Incredibly accessible

Finally, Studio lets you take that next step by exporting your project to just about any format you wish to work in. Export directly to your editor (Final Cut Pro Interchange, Avid NLE, Adobe Premiere CC), take it to advanced video formats or even go online/mobile with exports to HTML 5, m4v, Flash and more!

The NEW 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!  Designed to help editors create shots and storyboards from right inside their digital non-linear editors, Martini boasts maximum productivity – now at a lower price!

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Check out Martini’s new 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 text capabilities helping your project come into focus like never before.

Works With Any Editor!

Now 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.

Not only is Martini the easiest, most powerful way to create storyboards in your editor, it’s now ONLY $99.  Save 50% and get hundreds of unique shots and sequences to place into your timeline. No more black slugs, no more holes in your edit – Martini completes your vision and gives you an optimal idea of your final project in real time.

“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

StoryBoard Quick Direct for iPad now more like the desktop versionNow More Like the Desktop Version

From the creators of the #1 desktop storyboarding application, 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!

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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 Released! – Our most exciting previs app ever

StoryBoard Artist 7 is an essential tool for filmmakers, allowing fast creation of digital and animatic storyboards. Unlimited posable characters, motion graphics, and integrated mobile apps headline new features in the new storyboarding software released today.

This is a game changer for previs software,” says Paul Clatworthy, Creative Director at PowerProduction. “By combining 2D simplicity with 3D flexibility, it’s the best of both worlds. Directors simply create the shot they want without building a whole 3D world. Plus they can simply tweak characters in 3D just like directing actors. Artist 7 is our best upgrade ever building on our rich history of innovation in media production software.”StoryBoard Artist 7

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, storyboarding on the go

Expanded Timeline editing & sound sweetening

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

Floating licensing, no more hardware key

Streamlined interface

Pricing and Availability

StoryBoard Artist 7 is immediately 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 it’s all you need for you and the crew. But other times, when you’re trying to persuade a client or producer, you’ll need a little extra umph. That’s why we have optional characters in a variety of styles, both included and additional to add to your projects.

Looking for more kids? Check out our most 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!

The coolest and most complete director’s viewfinder available for your iPhone & iPad. Much more than just an aspect ratio, pick any camera sensor, any lens, any aspect, and any format to find the perfect shot anytime, anywhere.

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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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… Then save the shot with all of the data embedded or visible in the frame into a custom album for your show.

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

Discover your shots and know exactly which lens to use. Choose the exact specifications 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. It’s truly the pro’s choice for a director’s viewfinder in your pocket.

See more info about PowerFinder – Ultimate Director’s Viewfinder

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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.

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 storyboarding software and being 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!

New PowerFinder Puts Shot Perfection In The Palm of Your Hand

Find your perfect shot anywhere, anytime with the ultimate viewfinder.

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Directors are perfectionists.

With so many details to juggle, directors are always looking for the best.  The best actors, the best equipment and perhaps, most often, the best shot.

With the newest professional filmmaking app from PowerProduction Software, filmmakers everywhere can now capture the ultimate shot anywhere they go, anytime creativity strikes.  Introducing PowerFinder by PowerProduction, the ultimate director’s viewfinder for the iPhone.

Click here to check out the new PowerFinder

Far more than a simple aspect ratio and location photo, PowerFinder takes directors deep into the shot offering them any camera sensor, any lens, any aspect ratio for any format you may be shooting in.

With it’s professional grade interface, PowerFinder allows you to select from any prime lens and sensor you may be shooting with: Arri, Canon, Cooke, Fuji, Panovision, Red, Rokinon, Schneider, Vantage Zeiss and many more including modern and legacy prime lenses.

In short if you are shooting with it, you can preview your shot instantly with PowerFinder.

Additionally, directors can select the exact lens to match any sensor size. From half-inch to 8K and beyond PowerFinder includes settings for Alexa, Arri, Blackmagic, Canon, Panovision, Red, Sony and much more.

The PowerFinder app even allows you to attach any lens add-on and all of your primes will be updated to give you a true angle for every shot.

With both auto and manual focus, directors can experiment with different exposures and provide absolutely all the data you need to execute on set.

The ultimate director’s tool, from your pocket to the palm of your hand right into your production – PowerFinder from PowerProduction the leader in digital filmmaking tools. 

For more information or to download PowerFinder visit the website today.

Check out more professional mobile filmmaking applications from PowerProduction.

 

Simple Shots Can Make For Powerful Images

AnthonyHopkins Tell A Deeper Story.

Just about every director of feature films, independent shorts or viral webisodes  – that include dialog – is going to find themselves setting up to shoot a pair of actors, in a room, simply talking.  The exchanging of information or emotions that are crucial to the development of the characters or essential in moving the story forward is an extremely common storytelling device , right?

But often times, in scenes that may seem like an easy setup and shoot, there are opportunities for filmmakers to augment their creativity by careful and deliberate framing of the shots to tell a deeper story. A story aside from what’s being spoken.

Take for example this well-deconstructed scene from Jonathan Demme‘s classic “Silence Of The Lambs.”  As Academy Award winning actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins meet for the first time in the film, a tense primary  exchange of major character is not only told through the words on the page and the performance of the actors but the carefully calculated shots from behind the camera.

It appears that Demme leaves nothing to chance in absolutely any of the frames of this pivotal scene. He shows us that even scenes of conversation, two people in a cell, leaves plenty of room for enhanced storytelling.

You too can build a visual plan before you shoot (you don’t think the great directors “wing it” do you?). Get started working on your next film today with the storyboarding help of StoryBoard Quick.

For more amazing insight into some amazing shots, check out Every Frame A Painting.










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