A storyboard is like a miniature version of your final film. It comprises of sequential visuals similar to a comic book and it acts as a blue print for your film. It’s a plan that depicts your script through visuals.
It’s the most important stage of preproduction and it helps the director visualise the details of his film prior to the production stage. The most important role of the storyboard is that it acts as a communication tool to exchange ideas and convey the story efficiently between the Director, Producer and the entire team.
While constructing a storyboard one can decide on the staging of the character and composition of their shots. This will help them later while animating the final shots.
This storyboard may go through various changes further after discussions among the team till the storyboard is refined. The refinement of the storyboard helps in making the production process much smoother.
There are two basic storyboard conventions that are often used in both live action and animated films:
• shot selection and composition, and
• character and camera movements.
So, a storyboard is a shot-by-shot visual plan that shows what a film will look like before the film is shot and acts as a visual guide to the team shooting the film. This learning sequence will introduce you to the basic structure of a storyboard and then lead you through the processes involved in representing composition and shot types on a storyboard as well as how to indicate character and camera direction.
Watch the video on myFlinders below before jumping into one of the storyboard lessons and activities.
Link to the storyboard resources.