So how do you decide "what's in the frame or what's out?" Storyboard your project. Especially when you want to save production headaches with quick previsualization ...that's as easy as 1-2-3?
For indie Filmmakers we recommend:
...and you don't have to be an artist to storyboard. Just add imagination!
Grabbing ideas from your imagination and bringing them into the real world is the core of creativity. But an idea is only half the battle. Refining the idea into more than a thought takes work. The storyboard process is where you can refine and elevate concepts before starting to shoot: Cut scenes or unnecessary shots. Figure out the flow of the project. Check to see if the visuals convey the emotional highs and lows that are important to entertain your audience.
- Organize scenes and design shots
- Refine story ideas and flow
- Creates shot list reducing expensive pickups
- Communicate ideas with team
- Share ideas; get feedback
- Present and pitch project to producers
- Secure funding, green light project
- Plan your production efficiently
Pre-production is the time to elevate ideas.
As an independent, the real challenge is refining good ideas into great ideas. This alone can determine your success.
Designing a storyboard is like making a project road map. It shows you where you are and where you need to go next. It's where you can take one idea and replace it with an even better one - before you're on the set, losing light, losing talent's patience, burning assets like time. crew's patience and craft services. Production is fun, but preproduction is where you can exercise unlimited creativity. Give it a try.
Shots are your canvas.
Dynamic shots take planning and you don't have to be a graphic artist.
A clear storyboard will enable you to shoot and track the production's progress.
Production time is costly. And so are mistakes -i.e. not getting the necessary shots. Pickups/re-shoots can bust budgets.
PowerProduction Storyboard Software speeds up your preproduction time, and makes professional-looking boards for seeking project funding or client approval. No need to hire a pro story or sketch artist when you can create and present your own vision of the project.