A brief introduction…
• Storyboarding is an important process in the
understanding of filming. It gives a clear outline
and organisational structure into what shots you
will need. This would prevent you from missing
out certain shots while you are busy filming.
• Creating a storyboard is vital, by planning each
shot in advance it makes it clearer to the
production team of what they should be aiming
What is a storyboard
• A storyboard is a graphical representation of
the camera shots in a film sequence which are
connected together to create a ‘narrative
flow’. It is similar in appearance to a comic-
strip. The story of the film is visualised by a
series of drawings which depict the location,
characters, props and setting of each shot.
Beneath the images there are captions
detailing action, camera directions, lighting
directions and sometimes basic dialogue.
What is a storyboard for?
• ‘In a production meeting, a picture is worth a
thousand words. You can script a sequence in
words as clearly as you like and there will
always be same misunderstanding. But if you
use storyboards its so much easier to
communicate your visual and dramatic ideas’.
- Matthew Jones, Television script Editor, Red
When are storyboards used?
• A storyboard is a common outline in which
everyone can work from. The storyboard
remains a blueprint of the original intentions
and provides a framework against which
changes can be judged.
• This is an image from our storyboard which
explains the opening sequence
• This image from my storyboard introduces the
Kaleidoscope element, and clearly indicates the
time that we will be filming this.
• This image shows the angle of the shot that we
would film the dancers doing flips.
How does storyboarding assist?
• The story board clearly breaks down the shot
duration and the angles of the shot, it also
helps our idea come together and briefly
establishes what our final product will look
• For example this picture clearly indicates the
angle that we will film the pianist playing.
Links to star image and the band
• From looking at the storyboard I can see that
we are able to briefly understand what our
star will look like and who they appeal to. This
then helps to establish the target audience.
The storyboard emphasises the kaleidoscope
effect and this relates to the star image as it
appeals to look hypnotising and fun.
Symbolising a sense of freedom and
peacefulness. Additionally it helps to portray a
60’s style theme, which is primarily what we
were aiming for.
Visualising our music video
• The storyboard helps to indicate the outcome of the
music video. We are able to understand what our
music video will look like in the end. Not only this but
it also helps us to see what needs changing, and what
needs to be added to make it more appealing to our
star image. Completing the storyboard helped to show
us that we wanted to add a guitar being smashed,
without doing the storyboard we may not have
realised this. Nevertheless it also helps to show what
won’t work, for example after drawing the picture
below we realised that we didn’t want to film it on a
white background and instead have them raised on a
platform surrounded by lights.
• Annotating our storyboard helped to introduce
any additional information, it also made it
clearer what was happening in the shot, for
example if the picture was not clear enough or
did not highlight anything specific then the
annotations would reinforce this.
• The technical notes indicate the times and
duration of the shots, for example we know
that we will be filming the amplify for 3 seconds
and no longer than this.
• Our storyboard went well as we divided up the
work between our group. I felt that it really
helped show what our video would look like in
the end. It also showed what we were missing.
• I felt that our drawings could have been made
clearer, which would have helped to show what
our storyboard would look like.
• We were also able to establish what would be
done in post-production, the storyboarding helps
to show how we would want to edit our piece on
final cut pro
• I felt we could have been more experimental with
our storyboard in order to see what other options
• The storyboard helped to formulate and influence
new ideas. Which then resulted in the final
product of our concept. It also highlighted what
• We created our animatic in the editing room. It
helped to portray the flow and rhythm of our
piece and created the film through life and motion
• This video show how you create an animatic
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