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What are storyboards?

in this lesson we will look at what storyboards are

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What are storyboards?

  1. 1. Short Film Storyboarding
  2. 2. Last week What did we do last week?
  3. 3. This week You will be learning about storyboarding techniques before applying them to create your own storyboard. You could also begin to understand the role a storyboard plays in a successful production
  4. 4. By the end of today, you MUST be able to identify the information required to create a storyboard SHOULD be able to use illustration techniques to begin creating a storyboard for your music video COULD explain the importance of storyboards to planning and production.
  5. 5. Storyboard What is a storyboard?
  6. 6. What is a storyboard? It is a plan of the film, shot by shot, in drawings. Each frame of the storyboard is a different shot. The whole video will be storyboarded out before filming.
  7. 7. It is visual planning
  8. 8. What do we use storyboards for? The director and cinematographer will use them to plan • Plan how each shot will look (called composition or framing) • Plan how the sequence of shots will flow. • Plan what audio we might need
  9. 9. Working in pairs Annotate on the storyboard in front of you what information the artist is giving you. You have 2 minutes.
  10. 10. Feedback What information is the storyboard trying to convey?
  11. 11. The drawn box (the frame) represents the cameras shot.
  12. 12. Camera movements are shown using arrows which describe the movement eg/ pan
  13. 13. When it cuts to a new shot it says ---- CUT
  14. 14. Some shots will be drawn over more than 1 frame where there is complicated action. Instead of cut it will say CONT’D
  15. 15. All your shots should be numbered, eg/ 1, 2, 3, 4, These numbers will also be on your shot list / shooting schedule
  16. 16. Shots that are drawn over more than one frame should be numbered and lettered eg/ 1A, 1B, 1C etc…
  17. 17. The storyboard will have brief descriptions of the action for each shot.
  18. 18. A brief description of any audio in the scene
  19. 19. When do we create storyboards? Storyboards are part of our pre-production planning as we will need them on set.
  20. 20. Who needs storyboards on set - Director - Assistant Director (1st AD) - Director Of Photography (also known as a cinematographer) - Camera operator - Lighting technician
  21. 21. Director / Assistant Director Why might the director need the storyboard
  22. 22. Director / Assistant Director To check that the camera operators have framed each shot in the way they want and to check that they don’t miss any shots out during filming.
  23. 23. Director Of Photography (DOP) Why would the DOP need the storyboard?
  24. 24. Director Of Photography (DOP) To plan the lighting design for each shot and check that camera operators were getting the right shots.
  25. 25. Camera Operator Why will the camera operator need the storyboard?
  26. 26. Camera Operator To check they have framed the shot in the way that the DOP & director want
  27. 27. Lighting Technician Why will the lighting technie need to a copy of the storyboard?
  28. 28. Lighting Technician Lighting technicians will have to recreate specific lighting styles to maintain continuity (or for effect) so it helps to have a visual aid of how the lighting of each shot is meant to look.
  29. 29. Task You will need to create a storyboard for you short film. Using the template on Moodle begin to draw your storyboards. What information do you need to communicate to the viewer?