September 26, 2014 at 1:16PM

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Storyboarding

As part of the screenwriting process, I usually write a beat sheet, followed by index cards and then the first draft.

Have heard a lot about storyboarding, not sure where exactly does it fit in, and if someone could point to some good online resources to learn this skill.

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Storyboarding is usually done by the director while he prepeares for the shooting (during pre-production) so it comes after the final draft of the script is finished. The producer may hire a storyboard artist or have the director do it himself/herself or the director do it together with the cinematographer. So there is no need for now to worry about storyboarding.
When you finish your script, if you are going to direct it, then you can storyboard it. Storyboards are basically drawn images of how each shot will look on the screen. They can be handrawn very simply (with figures as matchsticks) or very detailed or even done on a computer using a storyboard program.
So it's not something that you need to deal with now, but if down the road you need to, you can find plenty of books about storyboarding in Amazon to learn more about it. Although many directors find the storyboards a helpful tool, there are some who think storyboards limit their vision and they prefer to have a more open, organic approach during shooting so they adapt to what is happening, instead of having predecided what to do. It's a matter of personal taste to decide what works better for you!

September 27, 2014 at 5:22AM

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Stel Kouk
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A simple and quick way to storyboard is to shoot still photos with a pocket digital camera.

If you have time you can use your actual shot locations, and have your actors or stand-ins in place which helps to confirm your camera position and the lenses you want to use.

I then import my photos into MS PowerPoint and print using one of the "Slide Notes" templates that prints 3 images down the left side of the page with lines for writing notes down the right side of the page, this gets saved as a PDF document that I then email to the key people I'm working with on my film.

September 29, 2014 at 8:48PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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It is a long process in my experience. It's a tempting step to want to skip, but it helps so much. It's easier to improvise shots and deviate if you have the storyboards in your head (if that makes sense).

Derek Cianfrance storyboarded Blue Valentine 12 times before they shot the movie and in the end he never needed to use them. So if anything, it will give you a clearer idea of what your film is going to look like and you can take it from there based on your intuition.

Also, I think it's a good idea to touch up your script based on what you found while storyboarding. Often times thinking of the story visually helps you figure out different ways to get information across. Or what the story may be lacking/have too much of.

January 20, 2015 at 4:14AM

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I appreciate this is an old post, but we've written up a short guide on how we storyboard at Animade, and things to consider when you're making one. Thought it could be of use https://boords.com/blog/how-to-make-a-storyboard

March 23, 2018 at 8:37AM

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James Chambers
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