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 to achieve.
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 productions
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 like 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 60s 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 wont work, for example after drawing the picture below we realised that we didnt 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.
Progress? 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 we had. The storyboard helped to formulate and influence new ideas. Which then resulted in the final product of our concept. It also highlighted what was missing. 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 -http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=up6QhuwjbPE