Filmmaking / Directing : 6 Types of Scenes That Should be Storyboarded (And 1 That Should Not) by Debi Hammack

Debi Hammack

6 Types of Scenes That Should be Storyboarded (And 1 That Should Not)

A hopefully helpful list about why and when to use storyboards when your budget is limited.

Philip Onions

Love a storyboard! So as a budding artist and a novice, would a storyboard help to sell a screenplay?

Debbie Croysdale

Great share, and an idea I hadn't thought of (when doing project abroad) , particularly relating to emotional and plot scenes. It's much better to come to shoots armed with personal idea of visuals, displaying atmosphere and context, than waiting for a camera crew to get the right shot. A picture speaks a thousand words. This will help me a lot, particularly because I haven't learnt to speak the language, in some areas I'm going to do my shorts. This will save me time, money on set, and rambling on for hours with the aid of an interpreter.

Debi Hammack

Philip, I've done a few storyboards to help sell screenplays, so they are a part of the arsenal people use. Turning screenplays into comics is another tool people seem to be using to try to sell the script. How well they work as marketing tools, that I can't answer to as I often don't get updates on that end of the business. One note, with using any art as a selling tool, the level of the drawings need to be fairly high. You'd be wanting to convey the mood, feeling and style of the film as much as possible with those drawings. Good luck! :) Debbie (great name btw ;) ), glad the post was helpful!

Philip Onions

Thanks Debi, very useful answer!

JD Hartman

Really....every film, particularly shorts with an inexperienced Director, benefit from having the major scenes storyboard'ed. If you can't draw, can't afford to hire, don't have an artistic friend, stick figures are better than nothing. It's a big help to the camera and lighting crew when the Director doesn't want to "waste time" with a blocking rehearsal.

Debbie Croysdale

I particularly was drawn to this idea because I have been in situations where I could not use my power as an orator. The language interpreter enabled me to communicate the general vision, and aided me to retain leadership, but couldn't seem to get the emotion in the context. There are many kinds of "sad" and many kinds of "happy" and the confusion scenario went on for hours. A phrase book also proved useless, In this particular situation, I will certainly bring an artist friend along. Thanks for the tip JD.

Ronald Reid

Thanks this was helpful

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