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PreProduction Storyboards

Storyboard software solutions and tips

 
What is a storyboard?
 
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A storyboard is a visual plan.

It's a series of frames that will represent each shot or sequence of your script.

Making a storyboard for your film or video is like making a roadmap for your project. When done, it can show you where you are in the story and where you're going next. It will look something like a comic once you're finished and can be used during the shoot to track the progress of finished shots. It is also the time to refine ideas before you start to shoot.

Shot by shot your storyboard panels will represent one scene/set-up or can represent an entire sequence (an action series that can begin, develop and then end in the course of one setup or one location).

Storyboards are a great way to learn one of the key principles of a good film: tell the story visually. Wherever possible, say it with images and elements that support the story. Every element of the film says something to the audience. As a filmmaker, your footage is your canvas and to use it creatively takes planning. That's where the storyboard process comes in.

But where to start?

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How to compose storyboard frames?
 

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As you start your process, your visual creativity comes into play. As a filmmaker, you've seen numerous movies and probably realize that there is no ONE right way to show the story just as there is no ONE right way to tell a story. So there are no hard and fast rules, but there are some basic principals (beyond formatting) that have been used for years. Yet one important goal is to show the story or concept so it is clear to the audience.
(Who is your storyboard audience?)
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To start a storyboard project, take your script and go thru it scene by scene. As you work thru each scene, decide what elements you need in each scene (sequence of shots) to visually tell the story that your script's text describes. Make note in the caption area for yourself (if you're directing) or add the scene slug-line.

How to begin to show a scene: One straight-forward way to start is to compose a wide shot or establishing shot (to show your audience "where," "when", "what" and "who"), then move in closer (MS) with each sequential shot (CU). This is a simple formula that you can use to begin to visually lay out your storyboards. While lengthy or complex action or fight scenes possibly requiring multiple frames to communicate ideas.

  • Which characters are in the frame.
  • How are they moving? (use arrows to show character movement)
  • What are the characters saying to each other, if anything? (use the caption area to add key dialog)
  • How much time has passed between the last frame of the storyboard and the current one?
  • How close or far away are the elements? This will indicate the camera placement for the cinematographer.
    But how to start?

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Storyboard software
... even if you can't draw

 
how to make storyboards with storyboard software
 
Artwork included. Pre-loaded with libraries of content, StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Quick Studio will help and inspire you to design storyboards that are clear and great looking, even without artistic ability. Using the built-in graphics to compose your storyboard frames is as easy as pointing and clicking!
 
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