Filmmaking / Directing : I love storyboards. What about you guys? by Barak Shavit

Barak Shavit

I love storyboards. What about you guys?

Watch: How the Coen Brothers Storyboarded Blood Simple | Filmmaker Magazine
Watch: How the Coen Brothers Storyboarded Blood Simple | Filmmaker Magazine
In advance of the release of Criterion's 4K restoration of Blood Simple, photographer Grant Delin created a video essay which compares scenes from the finished film to the original storyboards. With c…
Tennyson Stead

I grew up in theater, and I work better with blocking charts. They give me more insurance in terms of getting the coverage I need and more options in the editing room, and the fact that I can see in advance which setups are similar and which ones are going to take massive overhauls of the set means I can eliminate redundant setups in pre-production and make smart choices about which labor-intensive shots are actually worth it.

Tennyson Stead

In contrast, I find storyboards are only really useful for pitching.

Juan Abad

Storyboards are great for conceptualizing how the film will look in terms of camera angles and set. I like them, but I have done shoots without them. And it's liberating to be shooting without a storyboard. I guess it goes down to a matter of preference. I personally would rather shoot with a storyboard.

Aaron Lee Scott

After learning how to storyboard for myself, I love it. After I decide on keeping a scene I storyboard it to finalize my decision.

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