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.

funding ideas

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.

funding film project: use storyboards too

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.”

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!

PowerFinder for iPhone
PowerFinder for iPhone
PowerFinder for iPad
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

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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.

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Avid Plugin: Martini QuickShot for Avid Editors Released

avid plugin martini quickshot creator for avid media composer editors

Edit Much?

Avid plugin, Martini QuickShot Creator v2 is now available for Avid editors using Media Composer & Symphony.

If you’re an editor and looking to fill in the blanks (replace those slugs!) with meaningful images to help the project’s timing and visual story continuity, Martini QuickShot Creator is the solution.

Blank Slugs out – Avid Plugin

Gone are the days of using blank slugs as placeholders now that you can use a story panel to represent what will be inserted once second unit or pickups are completed.  Martini Quick Shot Creator is now available for Avid editors as well as FCP and Premiere users.

So popular for FCP and Premiere, we made one for Avid Media Composer for Hollywood Editors! Whether you edit movies, TV shows, commercials, or other video, Avid Media Composer’s industry-standard nonlinear editor provides 64-bit performance, easy-to-use video editing tools, and streamlined HD, file-based, and stereo 3D workflows.

You can purchase Martini QuickShot directly from PowerProduction and soon from Avid, as well.

Printing PDF files from StoryBoard Artist

There are many ways to share your storyboards and cinematic vision when you have the power of StoryBoard Artist. One of the most popular ways to exchange ideas is via email – it’s fast, easy and everyone has it. Printing PDF files of your StoryBoard Artist project is a great way to make it accessible for everyone to see, plus it makes it a small, easily attachable file to send and receive via email.

Printing PDF files – Tutorial

In this overview tutorial, you’ll see how easy it is on a Macintosh to turn your entire storyboard project into a PDF file (printing to PDF file) so you can show it off to everyone. With just a couple click of the mouse, your cinematic blueprint is ready to be shared.

So, get started sharing your ideas by printing to PDF with StoryBoard Artist today!

TIP: If you want to share your project or use it on the set, try StoryBoard Artist Shot Assistant available from the App store.

Looking for StoryBoard Artist Help?

We know you like StoryBoard Artist because it’s easy (and because you tell us)!  Easy-to-use and easy-to-learn – but that doesn’t mean we all can’t use a little extra help now and again. StoryBoard Artist help is here.

Check out this quick video on how to access a number of resources to help you find what you need in StoryBoard Artist. Whether you’d like to look up the function of a toolbar item or get step-by-step video instructions on some of StoryBoard Artist’s most useful tips and tricks, we’ll show you where to look.

“StoryBoard Artist Help” tutorial

StoryBoard Artist help comes with a whole host of free video tutorials which will get you working like a pro in no time!

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StoryBoard Quick Custom Storyboard Frame Borders

Custom Frame borders in StoryBoard Quick SoftwareStoryBoard Quick’s custom storyboard frame borders gives your printed storyboards an added artistic touch. Using an easy and quick feature you can place the perfect frame on that perfect shot.  It’s fast and easy and there are many styles to choose from. You can find that perfect look so that every frame is perfect both inside and out.

Custom Storyboard Frame Borders – Tutorial

Check out this Storyboard Quick tutorial showing how you can select an extra special way to display your storyboard frames using custom storyboard frame borders with a simple click of the mouse. Sometimes the right finishing touch is all you need to take your storyboards from good to great!

StoryBoard Quick Tutorial by PowerProduction Software For more information on the fastest and easiest way to create amazing digital storyboards – check out StoryBoard Quick!

One-click Reverse Angle in Storyboard Artist Studio

Let’s face it, storyboarding a “conversation” can be tedious.  Especially if you’re doing the old-fashioned, out-of-style way of hand drawing your boards!  After finish the first angle you’ve got to start all over to create the reverse angle…doesn’t that seem like a waste of time?

Well, in the new StoryBoard Artist Studio we’ve made it easy for you to create reverse angle shots!  So, easy, in fact, it’s a  simple click of the mouse.  Check out this short and sweet demo on how you can quickly create the reverse angle shot of your conversational shots and get great looking boards in the process!

For more info on the future of storyboarding check out StoryBoard Artist Studio!


Storyboard Locations Continue to Grow More Ultimate

Winter is here right now in the Northern Hemisphere, so we’ve taken advantage of  “global warming” and captured some images to make sure you have that cold-looking storyboard location no matter what time of the year you start planning your next “winter” scene.

PowerProduction Software has added hundreds of winter scenes (and non-winter) to our Ultimate Locations Website Resource for our customers. If you haven’t already become familiar with this great storyboard locations resource, we invite you to take a look and remember where to come when you need storyboard images.

Watch the video of how to use the Locations Website.

Here’s how to buy bundles of images for your next big production. (Each image is available in 3 different sizes for your various production need: hi res, medium, low res)

And please let us know if you can’t find what you need.  We have resources!!!


Combine Digital Photos in Storyboards: use Masking Tool

digital photographs in storyboardsThe use of digital photos in storyboards is a big leap.

The art of storyboarding has come a long way since the days of needing big budgets and an aptitude for drawing. Software applications like StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist have made it possible for directors, producers, writers and creatives, who have a keen cinematic vision, to use the technology around them to both communicate visually and plan production shots in no time.

A great asset is digital photos.

The ability to snap a location photo and use it in your pitches, shots and storyboards has been revolutionary for directors. But what about those photos where there’s an item in the photo that you’d like to use, but you don’t want all the extras. For example, you’d like to use a specific shot of a car or an actor. Well, in the past, this would require some keen compositing skills, but now StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist make it incredibly easy with the new MASKING TOOL .

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Storyboard Myths Busted (part II)

In Part I of Storyboard Myths Debunked we talked about how you don’t need to be an amazing artist to create amazing storyboards – AND – that you no longer need to have a giant film budget to create storyboards…the necessary element of a successful and polished production.

Now, enjoy Part II of StoryBoard Myths Busted!

MYTH #3: Storyboards show every shot of every action.

FACT: It’s easy to get hung up trying to show every emotion that crosses an actors face in your storyboards, but that’s not the primary purpose of storyboards.  Use your storyboard panels to show shot setups, indicate camera movement and establish sequences to help compile a cohesive storyline.  If you find yourself looking at your storyboard and saying “but he’s not smiling”, you’re focusing on the wrong element – it’s about the shot setup, i.e. where the actor or actors  are standing, how close or far are they from the camera, what’s the location.  Your actors will have the script before the shoot and that’s when you’ll do some rehearsal/directing (you can even share your boards to help them see what you see before production). Then when you’re on the set and the actor is in the shot, that’s the perfect time to direct and pull it all together!

MYTH #4: You must create elaborate storyboards to get your point across.

FACT: Storyboards, like any media communication, need to fit the audience.  Are you the writer/director? If so, a simple shot layout may be all you need to remind you, when you’re on the set, of what the next shot set up will be.  If you are pitching an idea to a group or a client you might want to use broad concepts until they buy into your premise. This keeps them focused on your idea and prevents them from getting hung up on minor details. So “know your audience”  for your storyboards and present just as much detail as needed to communicate. Time is precious and so is your budget – spend each where it counts!

StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist storyboard software products will help you achieve your goal.