Pre-Visualization vs. Post-Visualization

November 9, 2015 - Cinematography, Film Production, Storyboard, Video Production

Some people ask… What’s the difference between pre-visualization (pre-vis) and post-visualization (post-vis)?  How do filmmakers plan ahead?  What tools can help streamline the process?

Production of any project is usually a fluid process. In film and video production, most of the shot planning is done prior to principal photography by the director and often with the assistance of the cinematographer. However things happen!  Changes can occur during shooting when any number of obstacles arise: change of director, weather interference, actor replacement, location issues and on and on. So it’s best to be prepared when conducting a production with many moving parts.

Pre-Vis apps

Pre vis is done before production and sometimes on the set during production. Directors and cinematographers rely on storyboards in combination with the script to plan their shots (character positioning within locations) and camera angles before stepping foot on the set, and communicate this plan clearly to cast and crew.

For previsualization, StoryBoard Quick, StoryBoard Quick Studio, StoryBoard Artist, and StoryBoard Artist Studio.



(You can see a comparison of their features here.)

Post-Visualization App

Post vis happens during editing after the principal photography footage is assembled. When a director or editor need to experiment with visualizing missing shots or adding new shot to: clarify moments; alter pacing.

Once all principal photography is done, directors and editors turn to Martini QuickShot to help them fit the pieces together. Martini QuickShots replaces distracting boring white-text-on-black slugs. Slug text

Words slow down the flow of viewing the rough cut. When words appear, the viewer must go through a mental process to decode that word into mental pictures. Words slugs are a container for ideas behind the missing shot. Martini QuickShot puts those ideas in a ‘storyboarded shot’ and creates them with a click. The QuickShot cuts into the rough cut and preserves the visual flow.  Post-vis process can now be more visual. See the video

For post-visualization, Martini QuickShot Creator, works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid and Sony Vegas.

Saves Production Time

Planning saves a ton of time, energy and money during shooting too! And StoryBoard Quick and StoryBoard Artist software apps can save headaches.

Director, Roger Christiansen shared the following anecdote from an occasion when he was on the set of a Disney shoot and needed to convey his vision for a complicated last minute sequence change: “I opened my laptop, fired up StoryBoard Quick and in a few seconds the crew and I were all on the same page for the series of shots.”  (See more testimonials here.)

Whether you’re about to arrive on set or you’ve just filmed the final shot setup of the day (a/k/a the Martini Shot), digital visualization software helps create a better final project!