Maybe you’ve watched the “extra features” on one of your DVDs. Odds are (especially on an animated movie) they had a storyboard. Storyboarding isn’t just for the high end productions. Little guys use them too.
When you’re just starting out with video sketching out each shot is a good idea because it makes you think visually. Where will you need to place the camera? Do you need to get in really close so people can see what you’re doing? Is this going to be hard to light. Does the shot need to be really wide – so will I need a different lens? All of these questions and potential issues can be resolved before you ever set up a camera. This saves you a ton of time and heartache and even money.
Not only will you know what shots you need to film, but you will also know what graphics you may need to build as well.
To get you started on storyboarding I’m including a free printable that you can download here.
Remember it might take several sheets to sketch out all of your shots, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Personally I use stick figures and really rough sketches that only I can interpret. Drawing is not my calling in life.
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