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!

Storyboards: Key to The Master Plan

Storyboards Effect Every Stage of Production.

The best films are made from the ground up. You lay down a comprehensive base of ideas, script and storybords to set yourself up for a successful shoot. Sometimes though we don’t even realize that while we’re working in preproduction, that work and those storyboards are going to help us throughout the entire production, right into postproduction.

When you are working on a shot or a sequence, it’s not only going to show you the images you need to capture on the day of production, but how those shots will lay out when you get to the editing phase. This is really the concept of postvisualization. Envisioning what the final edited product will look like in the middle of production. The visual groundwork you built in StoryBoard Quick or StoryBoard Artist is used in principal photography and can also be used as a blueprint for a director or editor on how the final product will look.

Using the storyboards in a dual capacity also allows for a non-linear production. You can use the same cinematic visuals so you can being to cut scenes together while you are shooting, allowing for more time to be used to make sure the shots look just the way you want and cut together to tell the story as you envision it.

So when you are storyboarding make sure you are thinking of the big picture and don’t ditch those storyboards once shooting is done – you’re going to need them!

Original Content Is On The Rise II: Start Storyboarding

Recently, we wrote a post about why, as a writer, director or producer, now is an amazing time to be an original content creator and developer. If we were unable to convince you before that storyboarding was important, check out these latest news items which show that millions upon millions of production dollars are being poured into the development. New, original streaming content is needed by companies other than the major networks and even their cable competitors. And storyboarding is a great way to get them interested in your project.

Storyboarding can help you get it made

Netflix, who recently successfully unveiled the 4th season of the once dead series Arrested Development, wants to spend up to 15% of it’s licensing budget on new original content. While some of it’s content licensing deals are going south, they are replacing those recycled titles with new series.

Even companies/sites you wouldn’t expect are looking to expand their content. Reddit is trying to partner with marketers to integrate popular Reddit threads with mainstream marketing.

If you are the creative type, the opportunities are expanding. So keep on developing, planning, storyboarding with StoryBoard Quick and pitch those ideas. You never know who is going to pick them up!

StoryBoard Artist Aspect Overlays

StoryBoard Artist Tutorial by PowerProduction Software

StoryBoard Artist

StoryBoard Artist makes it easy for you to create storyboards that can span every medium. No matter what you are working on, you can select your aspect ratio and get to work. That said, sometimes your work may be viewed on different devices. You might want to see what it will look like when it goes from the movie theater to the home theater.

Use aspect overlays

Use aspect overlays to preview a different frame size without changing your entire project. With a single click, StoryBoard Artist will show you what’s in the shot and what’s out. So, if you know that your next project might be viewed on different devices, this feature shows what your viewers will see. Then you can make changes to your frames.

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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.

New Version Update of StoryBoard Artist Available!

Storyboard New Version updateWe continue to improve our line of storyboard software applications with new versions and update to StoryBoard Quick,  and StoryBoard Artist. Many of our updates are free and available right inside your application! Check for updates after you launch your application. It’s easy to find out if you are on the latest version, just follow these easy steps.

New Version of StoryBoard Artist for REGISTERED Users:

Launch your application.
Click the HELP Menu on the top right –
Choose ‘Check For Updates’

Our servers will let you know if you are on the latest build and if there’s a newer one available for download. It’s that easy!

For example, if you are a current registered user of StoryBoard Artist – there’s a new update available now! So, make sure you Check For Updates on your copy and get on the latest build with the latest feature today!

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 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.

Storyboard Myths Busted

You have your script, you’re working on funding and casting and you’re all set to begin production on your film or video.  If you don’t have storyboards, you’re missing a critical element to both your preproduction preparation as well as every phase of your project.

There are some misconceptions about storyboards though, and maybe that has been keeping you from making them.  Well, check this out – here are some storyboard myths debunked!

MYTH #1: To make storyboards, you need to be a great artist.

FACT: Not true.  While it’s wonderful if you can draw,  the fact is that many folks can’t and today’s technology really helps in this regard.  No need to feel embarrassed or feel like if you can’t draw that it undermines your creativity.  Products on the market, like StoryBoard Quick, have made it easy to visualize your important shots and communicate ideas by assembling pre-created artwork and photos to help build your road map.  Don’t let anyone insist that your storyboard needs to be the Mona Lisa otherwise your idea will get lost.  You can create amazing storyboards, even if you can’t draw.

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