Storyboarding - The Blueprints To Making Your Film
Storyboarding, in my opinion, is the ultimate way to prepare for a film shoot.
After a script is written, it’s time to make storyboards based on that script. They make filmmaking more efficient because they create a solid foundation from which to build your production.
Storyboards are graphic representations of exactly what would appear in each shot in a film. It is sort of like a comic strip, though there are no dialogue balloons or “?#@@&*&?!!!” type symbols anywhere on the picture since it supposed to look exactly like the finished film image on the screen.
Here’s an example of what a storyboard is:
The storyboard is essential in determining framing, angles, shots, character movement, camera movement, and many other choices. Just about all directors will storyboard most of their shots ahead time in order to be sure that their ideas turn out the way they had intended.
The storyboard above is nothing too special. Just a basic sketch. A storyboard is basically a rough sketch of the scene. It doesn’t have to be the most perfect sketch, but rather just a basic image with some of the elements from the location, a rough drawing of the characters in the shot (if any), and arrows showing the character movement or the camera movement.
Here’s the basic style for a basic storyboard:
You draw your shot / scene within the boxes. Underneath you'll find some text lines where you can explain the camera movements, character movements, lighting types, or anything significant within the shot.
The alternative style of storyboards have no text lines. Just consecutive boxes:
I guess if you are more of a visual learner this would help you out. If you are more linguistic, perhaps the first option would be best for you.