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Basic Aspects of Storyboarding – 1 : A Brief Introduction

Picture yourself as the guy behind the camera. You have a script, you have the tools, the crew, the actors, everything all set. You have your preproduction team sorted out all your visual elements – set decorations, costumes, props etc. And you’re ready to shout out “Action!”. So, how do you start shooting? Have you already figured out how to place the camera angles, the lighting, the flow of all your scenes, shortly the cinematography in mind or you’re just going to improvise?

Let’s skip this dramatic overture since most of you have never dreamed of being the next Spielberg so what’s the point, right? Nope. Though we’ll mostly keep basing our examples and focuses on stoaryboarding for the motion picture, this ‘hidden’ artistic medium is not only used for the flicks but can serve as a guideline in nearly all sorts of videos. Since this portal welcomes a huge interest in entrepreneurship and starting your own business, let’s say you’re making a video to help you with that, given it’s a commercial sales video of your product, or a demo video of your business helping to finance your million dollar idea with someone else’s money. Storyboarding will help you organize your ideas visually, form the outline of what you’re going to shoot – in other words, simply plan out your video.

These series of articles will be addressed to both artists willing to get into storyboarding field or anyone who wants to shoot his own video. You may not have the drawing skills yourself, but even if you’re going to hire an artist, having a basic knowledge about storyboarding will help you get what you want much faster. Though hiring a storyboard artist may seem like an extra expense at a first glimpse, it certainly is going to be more economic and time saving than ‘try & fail’ method during the shooting.

yigit article coverBeing also a great artist, legendary director Ridley Scott drew plenty of his storyboards on his own – here are some panels he did from his masterpiece ‘Blade Runner’ (1982 – Warner Bros)

It is also a great way to share what’s on your mind with others. You will be working with a number of people when you’re in the production stage and since we haven’t accomplished to sharpen our telepathic abilities yet, we have to use a tool to help embody our vision. A script, a concept, an idea is visualized in a different manner on every single person’s mind. Every storyteller has his own interpretation on an outline. So, storyboarding will help the director to demonstrate his vision to his team – essentially the camera and the lighting crew and the editors.

We’ll continue with the characteristics of storyboards. Check out some selected panels to get a sense of storyboarding.

yigit forest‘Forrest Gump’ , Robert Zemeckis (1994) Paramount Pictures , Storyboard Artist : Chris Bonura

yigit snowwhite‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ , Rupert Sanders (2012) Universal Pictures, Storyboard Artist : Jeff Errico

yigit spider‘Spider-Man 2’ , Sam Raimi (2004) Sony Pictures, Storyboard Artist: Chris Buchinsky

Image source: Flickr

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