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Storyboards are not Art

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Storyboards need not be good
  2. Always know your camera placement.

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SUMMARY

  • Storyboards should not have artistic detail in the same way that the script should not contain prose. Storyboards are reference material and not a work onto itself.
  • You should never be in a position where you do not know what is going to happen in advance. Storyboards help eliminate grey areas and uncertainty and tell you where the camera will be placed.
MEDIA
LESSON
The Storyboard
An intro into storyboarding and why it is helpful in preproduction.
Storyboards are not Art
An interview with Martin Scorcese and Michael Chapman, the Director and Director of Photography of Taxi Driver on Storyboarding.
Taxi Driver Storyboard Example
A sample storyboard from Taxi Driver with matching shots from the finished product.
Murder Storyboard Analysis
An examination of the script, shot list, storyboard and final product for the "How to Get Away With Murder" project.
The Camera Diagram
The importance of the camera diagram as a tool to refine the director's visualization, as well as the importance of eye lines and the 180 degree rule.