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In this filmmakers guide video learn the importance of storyboarding and what storyboards are used for.
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thesubstream.com presents pre-production basics, story boards a primer—Hey everybody this is Mike from thesubstream.com are friend Ryo is gotta really important film shoot tomorrow so let’s go see how he’s doing and be really sarcastic to him Hey Ryo how’s it going are ready for your big movie shoot? Oh you got your script done, so that be a handy guide right? Yup just read the script and you’ll be good to go when your mom drops you off on set, no big deal unless you’re making some kind of hyper mythological space opera with ship to ship battles and laser swords and garbage monsters. Geez! That sounds really complicated Ryo. Are you sure you’re going to be able to pull it off?
Oh geez .Oh now, now it kind of looks like your brain’s melting Ryo because you can’t wrap your head around the sheer complexity of it. Whoa, Ryo no no no no come on baby steps, we can do this together. Okay look films visual right? It’s a way of communicating ideas to still pictures that mimic movement. These pictures can be strung together to form scenes. You know what scenes are. Yeah you do. And those scenes can be arranged together in a fourth image, you know yeah it’s time to give the viewer impression that stops happening and pretty soon we’re talking about a, of a long story with a actors drama and garbage monsters and everything all composed of countless little pictures.
Pictures that move and that’s it that’s all what movie is just a bunch of pictures. Just keep that in mind as you read your script. Now this is the fun part, just close your eyes and imagine the scene as it should play out, sure enough that the pictures will just pop into your head like magic. That’s called the creatively brain powering the thought imagination. Now what you should really do next Ryo is get those pictures out of your head and onto a piece of paper don’t be scared if your not a good drawer stick people will do just fine.
It’s just really important that you get these visual ideas down in a tangible form so you can start to organize your thoughts and work out how you can use your camera to present the action and emotion that’s in your script. Trust me by seeing all your ideas on paper laid out infront of you, the big picture won’t seem so scary and it might seem a little bit fun, there you go. Okay Ryo it’s fun to do sketches and all but did you know that if you make your drawings the size and the shape of your frame and that arrows and scene descriptions, then the people on set can use them figure out what they’re supposed to be doing.
Oh and, by the way do you know what you’re doing right now? That’s right you’re making story boards. This is what the professionals often do so that when everyone shows up on set they know where they need to go where the camera needs to be plus did you know that the story boards can also be used to help secure funding for a film shoot? That’s right, that’s what the Coen brothers did. Story boards can quickly and easily show a rich financer or your uncle where and how their money is going to be spent.
In fact advertising agencies exclusively use story boards to help their hair brain ideas to clients. So I guess the picture really is worth a thousand words and potentially millions of dollars. Did you see those super bowl ads? They were funny. Story boards basically allow a film maker to go crazy and come with some real wacky and creative ideas and they can be used like a blue print to explicitly show how each shot should play out. Yup that includes camera movement, using your frame you can indicate moves like a pen or a tilt with the use of more arrows and zooms are a snap too, just draw a box over your picture that’s either bigger or smaller that a starting frame indicating that the image is zooming in or out sure throw some more arrows in that on that bitch, they come in handy don’t they, so I can tell your feeling better already. You’re able to see your moving more clearly now aren’t you See it’s not going to be so scary, by drawing out some simple story boards you could see what’s going to work and what won't. It’s a good stage for trial and error so go ahead and experiment. Well I’ll leave you to it. I think your story boards are really cool and I think your movie is going to be great Bye.