How You Can Effectively Storyboard Your Film to Save Time and Money

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Mark Simon

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Mark Simon, the “Godfather of Storyboarding”, has over 30 years in entertainment, amassing over 5,000 production credits, including STRANGER THINGS, THE WALKING DEAD, DEXTER, BLACK LIGHTNING, WOODY WOODPECKER, DOOM PATROL, and DYNASTY. He is also the animation producer for the HOW HIGH 2, LITTLE RASCALS and TOOTH FAIRY 2 features. Mark participated in an Engineering Emmy for his work on Storyboard Pro, and was also inducted into the DAVE School Hall of Fame. He has won over 200 awards for projects he’s written and directed, has pitched and sold more than 35 production and distribution deals for his original concepts, and is the author of 13 books, including the industry bible STORYBOARDS: MOTION IN ART, 3RD EDITION. Mark is now bringing his expertise to our Stage 32 community! Full Bio »

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When you think of storyboarding you may think that it's just for big budget productions, but the truth is that storyboards are MORE important for lower budget independent projects.

A storyboard helps conceptualize the director's vision of the script and creates a blueprint for all the departments on set to prepare and work from. When your indie film is shooting on shorter timeframes with little wiggle room for mistakes, storyboarding can help save your production time and money.

If you've never storyboarded before there are a lot of things to think of and plan for when planning out your scenes. Or, if you have storyboarded, it's good to refresh your knowledge and make sure you're maximizing your boards effectively.  You have to know when you should start storyboarding and who gets involved. You need to know how the boards get used with the cast and crew from pre-production all the way into post-production. And, most importantly you need to know how storyboards can help find mistakes in the script that could derail on-set production. 

And, when we wanted to provide storyboarding education to the Stage 32 community, we had to bring in the best…

Mark Simon, the “Godfather of Storyboarding”, has over 30 years in entertainment, amassing over 5,000 production credits, including STRANGER THINGS, THE WALKING DEAD, DEXTER, BLACK LIGHTNING, WOODY WOODPECKER and DOOM PATROL. He is also the animation producer for the HOW HIGH 2, LITTLE RASCALS and TOOTH FAIRY 2 features.

Mark is now bringing his expertise to our Stage 32 community!

In this webinar, you’ll walk away knowing exactly how to incorporate storyboards into your project and the importance of how it can help your production run smoothlyBy the end of this webinar, you’ll be running off to storyboard your next production!


What You'll Learn

An Overview of Storyboarding

  • The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of the Storyboarding Process
  • How Storyboards Save Your Production Time and Money

The Storyboarding Process

  • What Types of Scenes are Most Important to Storyboard
  • What You Should Provide Story Artists and When

How The Storyboard Affects the Production

  • How to Recognize When Something is Missing in a Script
  • Working with DPs and Camera 
  • Working with Stunts (If Your Production Has Stunts)
  • Working with Post-Production Effects Houses 

Case Study Examples

  • How one drawing saved a production over an hour of down-time
  • How one line in a script turned into four stunt days on the water

Q&A with Mark


About Your Instructor

Mark Simon, the “Godfather of Storyboarding”, has over 30 years in entertainment, amassing over 5,000 production credits, including STRANGER THINGS, THE WALKING DEAD, DEXTER, BLACK LIGHTNING, WOODY WOODPECKER, DOOM PATROL, and DYNASTY. He is also the animation producer for the HOW HIGH 2, LITTLE RASCALS and TOOTH FAIRY 2 features. Mark participated in an Engineering Emmy for his work on Storyboard Pro, and was also inducted into the DAVE School Hall of Fame. He has won over 200 awards for projects he’s written and directed, has pitched and sold more than 35 production and distribution deals for his original concepts, and is the author of 13 books, including the industry bible STORYBOARDS: MOTION IN ART, 3RD EDITION. Mark is now bringing his expertise to our Stage 32 community!


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