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Four Unique Advantages of Digital Storyboarding

  • By Joy Davenport
  • Published 06/16/2010
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All over the Internet, storyboard examples offer a view of storyboarding as being paper storyboards or digital storyboards. By checking out the finished work of other directors, you can learn more about the storyboarding process, from beginning to end…be sure to Google “storyboard examples”, “storyboard software”, etc., in order to find examples that will shed more light on the whole process and the different effects that can be achieved. The only limitation is your imagination. So let’s see what the advantages to digital storyboarding are. Covering All The Bases – Whether you choose digital storyboarding software or traditional “paper” storyboards, you should make an effort to cover all the bases when you map out your script. By laying things out, frame by frame, you can get a sense of what you’ll need to transfer your vision onto film. In fact, storyboards can help you plan out your entire production. From casting to locations to camera angles – everything can be tweaked in your initial storyboard. Taking the time to put together a great “storyboard template” for your drama can be very important – for you and your cast and crew. The primary function of an excellent storyboard is its ability to focus your team on your vision – it puts everyone on the same page. Know Your Genre – Consider subtypes of your genre when hunting for storyboard examples. After all, there are so many different ways to film drama. From haunting, true-to-life cinematography, to mysterious film noir, to romantic drama with poignant elements…there are so many subtypes to choose from. By examining your vision in-depth, and seeking out appropriate examples, you can make things work for your own production.

As a director or screenwriter, you probably already have a distinct vision for your drama. You know what “feel” you want, and how things should appear. With storyboards, you can experiment with ways of translating the vision in your own mind into something

everyone can understand. By capturing the feel of your drama, whether it is dark, gritty, or inspirational (or all three!), you can set your production apart…from day one. Map Out Technical Requirements – High or low camera angles? Close-ups, short, medium, or long shots? Props? All of these vital elements must be considered when you are creating a storyboard. You characters and sound are also vital “colors” in your creative palette. By integrating every component through a polished storyboard, you can pull together your production. With paper storyboards, you will need to start by drawing a sketch of each frame, then attaching notes detailing dialogue, voiceover narrative, etc. With computerized storyboards, you can click a mouse to add whatever you like…you can also delete what doesn’t work just as easily… Brainstorming your characters can be an ideal way to approach your storyboard, once you’ve found relevant examples and decided how to create your boards. If you’re working with a creative team, sit down and write out some ideas and traits for each character in your drama. For example, the ages of your characters, their appearances, physical characteristics, conflicts, and past history could all be brainstormed. By doing this work beforehand, you can obtain a richer, more dimensional understanding of your characters – this will help your cast find their “motivations” for each scene. Be sure to keep your notes handy and integrate them into your storyboards.

Garnering interest in your work is just another part of the movie business…you need to promote your efforts to interest investors, create a buzz, and make a name for yourself. If you take the time to make your storyboard the best it can be, it can become a calling card for your script and your production. Basically, the modern storyboard (preferably created with digital software) can serve many purposes, beyond simply mapping out each frame. By understanding the process, you can use it to your best advantage. If you must use paper storyboards, be sure you have a way to share them with others i.e. presentations or other group events.



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