Real Story Boards | 07.11.2017

In my previous idea, I did a small bit of research around storyboards’ conventions  and now it is time for a bigger and better blog post to really broaden my understanding.

In the case of film, storyboards are a graphic organiser of illustrations that are displayed in a sequence to pre-visualise a film. The storyboarding process started in the 1930’s by Walt Disney and other animation productions to visualise and create their animations. The story board for a film is also known as a shooting board, as the individual images do not just show what is happening, but also how the frames are composed and filmed. In the long run, storyboards then help the directors to visualise the scenes and find any issues or better ways to film before actually filming. Also storyboards, alike the scripting process, can help estimate a predicted running time for the film. As said in a previous blog posts, there are often arrows or annotations to show movement of the camera (example bellow)

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I found the original Storyboards for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘the Birds’, they are matched to stills from the film. The comparison between the two shows that they were stuck to very well as the framing and locations of the initial drawings are all very similar to the end product.  It is also very clear that the locations were analysed prior filming. Visiting my locations before filming is essential as being there can give me an idea of the ways I want to compose my shots, and how I can utilise my location to the full.

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