Story boarding

After finishing our scripts we had to story board our film opening. A storyboard is basically a series of images that will show how a shot looks on a screen. This can be done through drawings ( however intricate) or photos (this is rare). Story boarding became a more common process for films and animation in the 1930’s when walt disney first used it in Snow White. Now almost every visual medium goes through some form of storyboard process, and in animation these are often drawn on top of to become key frames.

While people would assume storyboards would have to be extremely detailed to convey a scene, this is not the case. While some, certainly are very intricate and detailed. Others are rather crude sketches where you can make out what’s going on but nothing else, however in these instances there are often a lot more images.

Story boards aren’t just images however. In fact very detailed information about what happens in the shot is written below the image. Often containing notes form the script.

Story boards often contain directions in how a character is moving as that cannot be shown through a still image, for example if a character walks across screen in a shot, an arrow will be drawn to show which direction they walk in and how far by the arrows length.

Story boards will also contain camera directions, if a shot zooms in or out, pans or tilts or if it is to move: through whatever means. This is usually done through arrows; going out of the shot to zoom out, or in towards the shot to zoom in. There are also arrows to show how a camera should move.

 

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