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is a series of sketches, drawings or photographs used to plan and prepare for filming (one may consider storyboards as virtual shoots in this sense).
generally save time on-set.
help to avoid rushed decisions on-set.
helps you improve and get feedback on ideas.
help to give you an idea of how many cameras and camera angles you’ll need.
help you prepare for any special and visual effect shots.
help you to experiment with different angles and techniques.
help to orientate actors and crew members.
helps with the overall pre-production of the film.
can be used as a base for filming.
can help with continuity.
bring your ideas to reality!
is used to brainstorm and capture all the ideas
before taking action.
CLOSE-UP SHOT or CU:
Subject does not fill frame but is not in full view. E.g. Waist to head.
BIG CLOSE UP or BCU:
Subject fills screen fully. E.g. Actors face.
HIGH CAMERA ANGLE:
Camera looks down to subject. E.g. From a crane.
LEVEL CAMERA ANGLE:
Camera is at same level as subject.
LOW CAMERA ANGLE:
Looking at subject from below. Makes the subject look significant.
LONG SHOT or LS:
A shot from maximum distance.
ESTABLISHING or EST:
Usually makes use of a Long Shot to set the scene.
POINT OF VIEW or POV / FIRST PERSON:
A shot seen through the characters eyes.
Typical arrow use in storyboards:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Drawing apparatus (pencil, eraser, pen, the usual…)
A template (not essential but does speed up the process)
Your script / screenplay.
Some creativity, inspiration, and motivation.
key concepts of storyboarding
What makes a story important
in a movie
in the news
are regularly used in storyboards as they can
drastically save time.